This Sunday, July 15th, is International Autostraddle Summer Brunch Day! If you're as excited as I am, you've probably spent all week planning out what you're going to wear. Just in case you haven't, I have four summer ready brunch approved queer outfits that will be attracting more than just flap-jacks.
First off, brunch is a great opportunity to wear a day dress. If you are the dress wearing sort, it's highly likely that there is a dress in your closet that is too fancy to wear just running errands, but seems too daytime to wear to special events or to go out in. Maybe a dress you bought for graduation or an afternoon wedding. Go over the top with this dress and add femme accessories like heels or a cute headband. Alternatively, you can make it slightly queerer by pairing it with combat boots or oxfords.
If you want to go for a more business casual femme look, shorts with a blazer is a great option. White linen blazers were practically made for brunch. If it's particularly hot, go for a loose super light weight or see-through tank-top with a black or colored sports bra underneath. This will simultaneously bind down your bust a bit (to let the tank hang more loosely) and also look more put together and more covering than a standard underwire bra.
If you're looking to strut your queerness and maybe catch the eye of that cute girl across the O.J., you can always wear a tie. However, keep in mind that brunch is a time to loosen up a bit. Make sure you wear keep your top button unbuttoned and your tie a bit loose. Like you had a pretend early morning meeting that ended a few hours ago. Still, certainly keep your shirt tucked in. Brunch is a time to look dapper. Pairing this with skinny pants and oxfords will create more of an androgynous look.
For a classic butch brunch look (try saying that three times fast) go for some white pants. White pants can really only be worn in the summer and look particularly hot on butch women and gender queer folks. White pants can be matched with all sorts of great summer shades. I particularly like a teal button-front or oxford tucked in to white pants with a contrasting belt and shoes.
Whatever you decide to wear to brunch, as long as you keep it simple, classy, lightweight and awesome you're bound to turn heads. Who knows, maybe this time next week you'll be choosing your outfit for your Autostraddle connected brunch date.