Androgyny Sexes Up London Fashion Week

The likes of Paul Smith and Dolce and Gabbana have shown us that the androgynous look is here to stay. Calf hair loafers anyone?
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The likes of Paul Smith and Dolce and Gabbana have shown us that the androgynous look is here to stay. Calf hair loafers anyone?

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What have David Bowie, Prince and Michael Jackson got in common? Well, apart from at times all appearing madder than a ferret that has sat on a hot poker, the three musical titans all relied heavily on the androgynous look at some time in their respective careers.

And as London Fashion Week has proved this week, this boy-meets-girl meets eunuch look is going nowhere fast. From Paul Smith to Dolce and Gabbana at the top of the table, to the redoubtable Topshop rapidly edging along the fashionista banquet table, this style plays a key part in the SS12 collections of plenty of fashion houses and high street wannabes.

Paul Smith’s androgynous collection was a firm favourite with a huge variety of beautifully tailored trousers for any occasion. There were wide leg tuxedos, silk casuals and print cigarette pants. These were all teamed with chunky block colour heels or stylish brogues for the ultimate boy/girl look.

So then, girls, fancy getting the boy look whatever your budget? Well here is how to do it.

Trousers

Perfectly tailored trousers can be tough on a budget. While skinnies can get away with most shapes, curvy girls should opt for wide legs and darker shades.

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ASOS Trousers, £35

High End: D&G, £270

High Street: ASOS, £35

Shirt

Forget fitted styles and girly frills. Keep your shirt smart and simple and let the rest of your outfit do the talking.

Paul Smith shirt, £305

Paul Smith shirt costing a whopping £305

Eeek, it might be a little pricey at £305 but it will guarantee you'll look clean and crisp all day...well until you spill your tea down it.

High End: Paul Smith, £305

High Street: Gap, £25.95

Jacket

A boyfriend blazer is a wardrobe staple to add an androgynous look to any outfit. If you’re looking for some glitz and glamour then opt for a sparkly tuxedo number which was the star of the show on the Dolce and Gabbana catwalk this season.

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The Classic Boyfriend Blazer from Topshop at a budget friendly £65

Easy to wear with virtually any outfit, this Topshop classic is a high street favourite.

High End: D&G, £925

High Street: Topshop, £65

Shoes

A pair of Brogues will take you from the office to the bar in style and without the toe pinching, heel rubbing, sole burning pain of heels. We love you brogues!

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Christian Louboutin leopard-print calf hair brogues - yes, calf hair!

Not so sure about the calf hair but loving these quirky leopard print brogues for a fun take on the classic brogue.

High End: Christian Louboutin, £635

High Street: New Look, £14.99

Accessories

You can’t do the boy/girl look without a boyish bag to boot. Try a leather satchel for some man style and the finishing touches to your androgynous look.

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The stylishly simple classic Cambridge Satchel, £100

We love this bag for both guys and girls. A timeless classic that you'll be using for years.

High End: Proenza Schouler, £1,690

High Street: The Cambridge Satchel Company, £100

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