Hello and welcome to almost Fall! I’d be lying if I said I was jazzed about the season change in its entirety, but I’m not immune to excitement over the prospect of (Oprah voice) laaaayeriiiiing! Below, I’ve highlighted three trends that I’m so ready to see queer gals putting their own twist on in the coming months; let’s get started with back to school and lesbian classic, plaid.
Whether you’re going for a Gogo Yubari-type thing or you just want to look like someone who can start a campfire without a match, slap on a plaid shirt and, baby, I’m yours. But you know, I like a lady who can keep me warm and wrap me up in chains. I’m versatile like that.
Depending on how you wear them, plaid pants can be the perfectly preppy office look or given more of a punk flavor. Perhaps with a motorcycle or denim jacket. Which are both, perhaps, also included in this style guide.
For dresses and skirts, go full-on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or keep it mild in madras. Do your thing, girl.
Are you immune to the charms of a baby butch in a flannel hoodie? I didn’t think so. But also, I personally am not immune to a plus-size wrap coat with a scaled-up pattern. You look cold, girl; come join me in what’s essentially an extremely fashionable Snuggie.
How about just a little taste of the good stuff? Accessories are a great way to put a precociously preppy, deliciously down-home, or enticingly edgy spin on an otherwise plaid-free look.
Think plaid is for squares? I got you. Try a torn up, see-through, or (faux) leather top on for size; something that tells the world you might be at the show tonight, if you can find time between reapplying your eyeliner and smoking behind the bleachers.
The pants menu features more leather-esque looks and tightly stitched details, to protect from motorcycle accidents or whatever other knee-bruising activities you have in mind.
What better way to wear a dress or skirt than by adding a healthy dose of domme? Do the bad nurse thing in a button-down number, go gaga for grommets, or sport a zipper that’s intended to be torturously long.
Basic moto jackets never go out of style, but a little something studded, short, or softly draped are all equally bad (in a good way) options. Vroom vroom, baby.
Opt for accessories that are heavy on the hardware. You know: a little bit country, a little bit
rock ‘n’ roll bondage. Just straight up bondage.
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Now, a material (I think) we can all agree on: denim. On denim. On denim. Go for a classic Canadian tuxedo in a chambray shirt, or something patchwork or color blocked instead.
Remember that time I talked about patchwork denim? I really love patchwork denim. Also, drawstring waists. (praise hands emojis all around)
Then again, wearing what’s traditionally a pants fabric in dress form is pretty sweet too!
And, while like biker jackets, a classically shaped and embellished denim jacket always looks good, I’m personally partial to the lovingly beat-up looks above (plus another softly draped option for good measure).
Finally, if you really want to go bonkers, there are a select few denim accessories out there that don’t entirely scream “Alloy catalog castaway circa 1996” (or, like, only scream it in the best way). Apply sparingly and with care. Or, you know, don’t.
So, sweethearts, what’s your look for Autumn 2017?