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.
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.
High End: D&G, £270
High Street: ASOS, £35
Forget fitted styles and girly frills. Keep your shirt smart and simple and let the rest of your outfit do the talking.
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
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.
Easy to wear with virtually any outfit, this Topshop classic is a high street favourite.
High End: D&G, £925
High Street: Topshop, £65
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!
Not so sure about the calf hair but loving these quirky leopard print brogues for a fun take on the classic brogue.
High Street: New Look, £14.99
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.
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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