Welcome to Queer Outfit of the Week where I scour the world and tell you all about my one favorite queer outfit this week. I’ll envision a scenario where you or your girlfriend or your best friend or your mom or your cat could wear it and talk all about why it’s a great outfit for that event. Every week will be a different style, gender presentation and event so there’s a little something for everyone — even the person who just wants to look at pictures of stylish queers! So let’s get to it — we’re going to figure out what the heck we’re going to wear this week!
This week Autostraddle writer, teacher, inspirational spoken word artist and all-around pretty neat human Gabby wrote just about the best article ever about stepping out on the street and out of her comfort zone in leggings. So maybe this is your week to do the same. Of course, there’s no reason not to do so with a little style. Oh look at that! Gabby has graciously showed us just the style to do it in.
Gabby’s look is a great option for anyone who wants to start wearing leggings, particularly for masculine of center folks. The boxy, masculine nature of the over shirt keeps the look more butch, while the Bklyn Boihood shirt makes clear to anyone in the know that you’re down for the get down. Plus, even though they’re currently trending for everyone, military boots are always a nice way to butch it up a bit.
That being said, Gabby’s look is also a great option for someone center of center or femme who just hasn’t been comfortable wearing leggings in pubic before. I know I was nervous for a long time to wear leggings with anything besides a skirt. Fortunately, the triple layered, slightly longer shirts provide a lot of coverage if you’re nervous about showing off your butt.
The real key to this outfit it the hat. A slouchy grey or black hat pairs well with a cozy flannel shirt and makes the entire outfit more laid back. You might find it more relaxing to try something new, like leggings, if your overall look is more casual. It lets you try something out without feeling like it needs to be a statement on your identity or longterm clothing preferences.
If leggings are completely off the table, this look also works well with black jeggings or even a pair of cute skinny corduroys. You could even go for a pair of slim black pants. Just keep in mind that you want to keep the bottom half of the outfit more narrow to play up the more boxy top.
Wherever your leggings journey takes you, butch or otherwise, be sure to enjoy it! Very few things in life come as simultaneously cheap, comfortable and stylish.