Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Accessory Androgyny

Androgyny in fashion might be yesterday's news, but it's always nice to see fresh takes on the idea.  Accessories are a great way to push the envelope in androgyny; the fact that they're not as huge and look-defining as, say, a coat or a shirt means that a guy can go intensely feminine on one accessory as an accent piece without looking like he's cross-dressing.  

Robert Geller floral pattern bangle - The embossed flowers work to soften the almost rusty-looking brass bangle.

Alksndlia antiqued silver+onyx ring - I like pieces of jewelry that look as if they come with powers.

Rust cameo ring - Every woman and her bank-working aunt seemed to have a cameo necklace in the 90s.  Now you can wear one on your finger!

Lad Musician big chambray brooch - Truth be told, if it didn't have the label "Lad Musician" attached to it, I wouldn't even think of wearing a huge pale purplish blue fabric chrysanthemum on my jacket.  

But the fact that it's made out of chambray, a traditional workwear fabric, and the way it was styled (pinned on to a denim jacket) really makes it quite appealing to me.  It's a more rugged, modern take on the fresh flower boutonniere.  

Lad Musician foiled kangaroo leather brooch - Now this one, I had to take a second and third look at to figure out what it was.  

It somewhat reminded me of those 24k gold-dipped orchid brooches from Singapore that one of my elementary school teachers was particularly fond of wearing:

The brooch makes quite a bold, garish statement, and is a textural wonder up close.

It has a more pared-down cousin which, though more subtle, is still pretty eye-catching:

Lad Musician small foiled kangaroo leather brooch in gunmetal

It would make the perfect complement to my fictitious wardrobe bursting with subtly androgynous pieces from Dries and Lanvin.

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-h said...

my vote goes to the flower brooch pinned onto the denim jacket.

Isabel said...

I would totally wear that came ring!

mgr said...

this is great. thanks!

Noelle Chantal said...

grabe ganda ng foiled kangaroo leather brooch! im thinking to wear a brooch as a substitute for bow tie. what you think? and i love the navy polo with the slanted pocket, cute. :)

by the way, i bought my Lego watch in Duty Free. haven't seen any Lego watches from the malls. one size only. but the straps are adjustable (connect them just like a lego, cute!), you can change the colors of the straps if you like. and many designs to choose from. it all comes with a Lego toy that you like to assemble. :)

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