It seems like a growing trend, but women wearing more male-centric clothes has had a place in history for many years. Nowadays it may seem more prevalent as general attitudes toward people wearing different styles has loosened a bit.
Females would be able to pass easily as men by sporting male clothing and a short hair cut back in the 1800 or early 1900s. But now this is such a common style of dress (especially in cities), people don’t pay it much attention anymore.
The 1920s were filled with androgynous styles. Particularly for women not wanting to wear dresses. But after WWII, when women were sporting military styles, traditional notions of femininity came back into the forefront and menswear for women went back into hiding.
There are now startups catering specifically to making men’s fashions more female friendly. These companies mainly tailor suits and dress shirts to fit female bodies. Before, and still today, women who want to wear menswear have to shop in the men’s section. These clothes tend to be ill fitting for many women.
This trend is referred to by some as Tomboy Fashion or Style. This is a very popular style of dress in Taiwan, as well as the US. Buzzfeed has a great article citing some Instagram accounts that have tomboy style posts. These include singer Ellie Goulding, and US Women’s Soccer player Ashlyn Harris.
Although many masculine women prefer this style of dress, it’s not just for them! Take a look at these photos and you’ll see how women’s and menswear is colliding…. and looking amazing!