Autostraddle sent Reneice Charles and Molly Adams to capture the spirit of the sixth annual dapperQ fashion show at Brooklyn Museum; here are Reneice’s reflections and Molly’s photographs.
Can blue hair help you chill out?
Indie queer stores rarely have the cash-on-hand to make Pride-specific tees, but they’re still loaded with Pride-appropriate tees. Slogans include Lavender Menace, Magic Black Femme, Box Eater, Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist, Queer and Forever Here and SO MUCH MORE!
“I love classical tailoring but I worry that maybe it comes across as a bit stuffy and boring? I want to convince myself, and ideally other people, that I’m hot and I’ve got a lot to offer.”
Most people didn’t understand the theme, but last night’s Met Gala was as glamorous and queer as ever! Maybe, even more than usual this year!! Here are some of my favorite looks, paired with literal notes on camp.
Seize control of your image! Be hot as a form of revenge! Do it for you! Just feel good about something in a time when it’s so easy to feel bad about everything!
“My early 20s was all about 1950s vintage librarian looks (fit n’ flare dresses, patterned tights, cardigans) but in the last year (legitimately writing this to you on my 30th birthday), I’ve found myself leaning towards a much more androgynous style.”
Whether you’ve got a specific spooky style to maintain or are looking to mix-and-match, there’s something in here to set your dark heart aflutter.
“I’m a longtime reader who’s ready to play with gender more intentionally in my outfits, but I’m not sure what that looks like. Flannel? Button downs? Dresses? Obviously my first thought for who to look to for inspiration was Carol the dog.”
“I’ve finally truly embraced myself and the fact that I’m pretty masc-of-center… but I have no warm weather work clothes that fit, and don’t know how to dress in keeping with my dapper MoC self once it warms up.”
Even the most “accessible” queer fashion can feel intimidating when you only see it on celebs – that’s why we’ve assembled real-life queers to show you how real people are wearing wardrobe staples and celeb-inspired fashion. Today: gay boots!
According to our Lesbian Stereotypes Survey, y’all have overwhelmingly short nails and also a lot of you play the piano?
I’m a tomboy femme who’s been stuck in boring clothes in the last several years looking to break out of the funk of wearing nothing but work polos and old Navy pixie pants every day. I need a work style that feels more professional and grown up, but still shows off a little flair and queerness.
Previously I’ve felt pretty comfortable presenting very femininely but recently started a new corporate job and I am SICK of having to wear the traditional slacks + top combo. That sparked the whole thought process behind reevaluating my wardrobe and since then, I’ve found that I really don’t feel like myself in very many of my clothes.
It’s been a wild year for gay pop culture, and a great year for some very well dressed queers — enjoy it with this very subjective but deeply felt top 11 of 2018, as based on an internal Autostraddle staff survey.
“I had a kid two years ago and have really struggled working out my gender after that. My body changed a lot in ways I did not like and I’ve been trying to come to terms with my identity as a person, rather than just my kid’s mum.”
What Shapeshifters has done here is made binders where the point of them goes beyond the normal utilitarian point of a binder. And honestly? We deserve that!
Let’s be real: shopping for other people is already daunting. Shopping for lingerie and underthings? Holy eff. Here are some of the essentials to know when it comes to lingerie gift giving.
Are you wearing a festive yet alluring butch outfit while reclining in front of a fireplace with a delicious wintertime cocktail? Hm. Well, we can help fix that.
“A lot of what I’m trying to evoke can be represented in the hosts of The Weakest Link around the world. Powerful take-no-shit femmes in suits, oh my.”
“My favorite thing in the world is when people ask if it’s a mood ring so I can say yes.”