Saturday, October 18, 2008

San Francisco Street - Black & White

Images by Vanguard - San Francisco

Analyzing Shane's outfits always provide a fantastic lesson (and doing so could be a life's career in itself). Here he is wearing a hip-exposing, sheer lace unitard, a highly ruffled jacket, and gobbs of silver bangles. As typical with Shane's wardrobe, these pieces are all women's, yet he maintains the perfect degree of masculinity. Granted, much of his being able to pull of some of his clothes lies within his personality but it is also just as much how he wears each article. The sheerness of the top exposes the male form (we've talked about exposure a few times now) while, in sharp contrast, the high-rise hip alludes to traditionally female erogeny. To balance out this rather bold statement, the unitard is covered by black jeans and ankle boots that seem to have a men's 'rock and roll' perception. The jacket helps to ground the unitard by covering feminine-cut shoulders while the black color and long tendrels of the jacket actually disguises the ruffles and allows it to appear instead as an irregular scarf. The braclets unexpectly make the overall look more masculine by adding visual weight to exposed arms. A black and white color scheme allows a rather complicated outfit to be easily read and understood. Overall, as always, Shane shows us how men can wear an entire outfit of women's pieces without a hint of looking like a tranny. Splendid.

Fletch, of Litter MB, uses white to contrast and emphasis his otherwise hidden tattoos. Distressed styling is a frequent and easily used form of expression for men, but it is important to always maintain at least one element that allows passersby to know that you are not actually a hobo. Here, the color white is that element as it allows everyone to know that you can, indeed, afford to wash your clothes.

Eric is a fantastic mentor for any man looking to put something new into his dress without going as extreme or overboard as many of the images we feature (in case drapped ponchos, leggings, and lacey unitards aren't your style). Here, he has taken typical men's pieces (maintaining a level of social acceptability perhaps not allowed for by previously mentioned items) but every single piece is altered in order to create a look that is read as anything but ordinary. The blazer features unique - but subtle - fabric treatments and detailing. The scarf incorporates heavy fringe. The pants expose the ankle. Meanwhile the oxfords are treated to a metallic finish and brought to a point.

Terry T is always a huge inspiration for me as gender expectations play little to no part in the way he dresses, allowing him complete creative liberties. His attitude is only for the brave and is truely something to be admired. Seeming to be almost the reverse of Shane, Terry T wears mainly men's clothing but he uses his styling to feminize them. Emphasized ruffles, makeup, and jewlery are some of the elements that do so. Meanwhile other focal elements (facial hair, eyebrow shape, and footwear) leaves no one to question that this is a man who knows exactly what he is doing.

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