Umswenko: Androgynous Fashion

.Androgynous fashion tends towards breaking the conventions of male and female fashion. It goes beyond gender binaries, and is gaining popularity because of its accessibility.

Photos and album by: Aarti Bhana

 

 

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Omphile Segale, a civil engineering student.

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She wears a woman’s shirt and men’s pants, and completes the look with a cap and converse sneakers.

 

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Segale says she likes to wear masculine and feminine clothes for comfort. Omphile added it’s because she’s lesbian, and she usually wears more masculine clothes.

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Hannah Shone, said she has a very uncomplicated and comfortable fashion sense.

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Shone said, “I love dressing semi-androgynous as I don’t feel any pressure to look/feel ‘sexy’, I can keep my looks simple while feeling stylish”.

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Shone said these “rip-off” doc martens are from Vietnam.

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Felix Matsvai said he uses classic clothing items as the basis of his fashion sense.

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He wears folded jeans and converse sneakers

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The African beaded bracelets he wears ,gives a traditional touch to his look. Matsvai said “I always try to bring the old back.”

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Keletso Modiba, doing her first year in a BA general.

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Modiba said she takes on anything androgynous and gets her clothes at reasonable and cheap prices

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Modiba said she got the shirt from the thrift shop.

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Abigail Meekal, a second year Film and Television Student (BAFT), comes from a Dutch background

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Meekal said her style is inspired by the streets and she just enjoys making up her outfits.

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Meekal wears Doc Martens daily. She prefers them over any other shoe.

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Rebecca Paul and Akshar Maganbeharie are both third year Fine Arts students.

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Paul said her style depends on her mood, but she tends to wear clothes that allow for comfort and confidence.

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Maganbeharie says his style is inspired by vintage styles of the 80s and 90s.

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Paul said androgynous clothing should be more accessible and “accentuating” at the same time, and Maganbeharie said “gendered clothing is boring. Androgyny is in!”

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