Queer Outfit of the Week: Getting Stuff Done

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!

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Queer Outfit of the Week

How did you let yourself get this behind on errands? I mean, I know things have been busy lately, but you have a ton of stuff to do this week! There are only so many hours in the day to get your car inspected, your renter’s insurance dropped off, your roommate’s girlfriend’s birthday gift purchased. God I hope the pharmacy is open until 11pm tonight. Pull on a functional outfit; an outfit to get shit done.

If you’re going to finally get some shit done, you better start with something comfy but not too comfy. You want to be able to walk around all day, but it helps to be able to clean your outfit up in a jiffy if you need to. Certainly you should wear some looser pants — this isn’t the time to suffer from the distractingly uncomfortable crotch of Too Tight Pants Syndrome. Still, you might find yourself finally squeezing in that meeting you’ve been putting off. So go for some straight leg khakis and a button-up. A somewhat muted but flexible button-up is a safe, comfy and practical option. You can even go for a chambray fabric. I also strongly suggest a denim jacket. Yes, even over chambray. You just never know when you’re going to need a denim jacket.

Accessories are easy here. You need no-nonsense footwear and a backpack. If big sorel boots are comfortable for you to walk around in all day, you should go for it. They have that perfect foot stomp of making things happen. If snow boots are uncomfortable or hot, you can swap them out for a lightweight work or military boot. A backpack is also a total necessity, so you won’t have to trudge back home between errands. Backpacks are hitting the trends again so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that looks more like Busy and Important Queer and less like I Forgot My Algebra Homework. I particularly like the canvas and denim backpacks for their ability to transcend different styles and easily dress up or dress down.

If you’re looking for something a bit femmier to get things done in, you can swap men’s khakis for skinny cropped cargo pants and a slimmer foot boot. You can even swap the button-up for a black or blue tank top if it’s more comfortable. Remember though, that this isn’t the time for heels. You don’t want to be rushing home mid-errands to change into comfier shoes.

Today is the day to start fresh and get things done. So throw your wallet in your pocket, stuff your backpack full of all the goodies you need and go get it done.

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Lizz is a consumer, lover and writer of all things pop culture and the Fashion/Style Editor at Autostraddle.com. She is also full time medical student at Brown University in Providence, RI. You can find her on the twitter, the tumblr or even on the instagram.

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  1. Can we just talk about Too Tight Pants Syndrome for a minute. I am so over skinny jeans, give me all the relaxed fit/straight leg. Hell, lets go all the way and give me some drop-crotch pants please.

    PS. If the next installment of Queer Outfit of the Week featured where I can buy rad drop-crotch pants I would be so happy and so stylish.

    • Give me loose pants every day for myself. But I will never support the eradication of skinny jeans and tight pants. I like to have a detailed view of lady butts as often as possible.

    • Agreed. It’s so difficult to find the right fitting pants, everything is either so tight my crotch is like, in yo face or so loose I’m worried no one could ever find my crotch again.

      And then when you do find the perfect pair, that fits, at a good price and in a good color, you flip it over to see a butterfly emblazoned upon the tush with four thousand glitter gems. I quit.

  2. I just spend my life swooning over these articles. /sighs Wish I could pull the more androgynous styles sometimes… damn these hips!

    • My feeling as a person with a whole lotta hips who pretty often does an andro/boyish sorta thing is you just gotta go for it! Personally, my usual adaptation is just to wear fairly tight pants all the time and then that keeps the overall look from seeming too sloppy if I’m doing a loose shirt/jacket.

  3. Pepperberry/bravissimo makes button ups and other clothes in both clothing size and breast size. So you can get a size 10 in slightly curvy, really curvy or super curvy. I think they go up to size 18. I wear 18/40F and get most of my shirts and tops from them.

  4. Ohhh, that backpack though. That’s hot. I’ve been pretty anti-backpack for the last few years because yes I still get mistaken for a 13-year-old. I may have to reconsider. Also, going denim jacket shopping this weekend, while I’m Getting Stuff Done.

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