Page is far from the first gay woman to discover new-found sartorial freedom after coming out. Though I realised I was into girls at around four, it took until 14 to come out, and then 17 to tell my mum.
And now I wonder, Looking for my lady butch Page, how many women — straight or not — would benefit from never having to consider what a man — real or imagined — thought of their clothes.
To me, butch chic is printed shirts without frills and skirts Lokoing peplums or lace — or any of those things that look pretty, or pretty uncomfortable depending how you look at it.
Functionality takes precedence, with elements taken from queer-friendly subcultures: Looking for my lady butch used to act as code for your sexuality but now things have changed. What was once lesbian code is now merely on-trend, thanks to the high-street ubiquity of unisex outfitters such as American Apparel and Uniqlo and the androgynous cuts of Scandinavian shops like Cos.
Add to that the rise of gender-free accessories Grenson shoes, beautiful and virtually indistinguishable between genders. Even Emma Stone, who happens to be straight, prefers to put a little subtle butchness into her off-duty looks, dressing like a cross between Kristen Stewart and preppy Taylor Swift.
As for singers Jessie Ware and Looking for my lady butch, both are styled by Avigail Claire — who just knows how a monochrome masculine cut works on a feminine physique.
And that pride in setting yourself apart, in wilfully doing something that will never ever be done for the pleasure of a bloke, is kind of liberating. Facebook Cor Pinterest.
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