formal wear

Okay okay, I get that wearing a pretty dress to the Halamshiral would have made climbing trellises and fighting demons slightly more inconvenient, but wouldn’t it be totally worth it to make your LI’s palms sweat?

Cullen, I know she’s cute and all, but remember that you lose court approval when you stare dreamily into the Inquisitor’s bosom instead of talking with the nobles.

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There’s no need to clean up this droid. It appears R2 switched out his standard bucket of bolts for some fancy-schmancy formal wear. French sculptor and restorer Alain Bellino (previously featured here) assembled and painted antique bronze ornaments to create this beautiful Empire style R2-D2 sculpture.

Click here for additional photos.

Visit Alain Bellino’s website and Behance page to check out more of his fantastic restored metalwork creations.

[via Ego-AlterEgo]

suit up: formal wear tips and tricks for all y'all nonbinary cuties

[we recently received a question from a dfab person asking about finding a suit that would actually fit. i’m answering this by way of copying relevant answers from previous asks and adding some new information. it’s all pretty link heavy, but i wanted to share these resources with everyone. due to the nature of the original question, many of these resources are targeted more towards transmasculine and/or androgynous folks and/or people with an interest in wearing suits. i would love to expand this post in the near future to include more resources for all folks, of course!]

suit-specific advice
first things first: proper fit is important and complicated! if there’s a department store in your area that you’d feel comfortable going to and it offers this service, you might want to go in for a suit fitting. knowledge is power! there are also a lot of online guides targeted at men that discuss proper suit fit, and that can be helpful to check out. here’s one. you can also pick up a tape measure, and take your measurements at home.

i know that a lot of nonbinary and trans folks swear by topman’s products, which have a pretty solid track record of fitting well, but aren’t necessarily inexpensive. in general, suits are pricey; topman’s prices are good, in comparison to the world of suits, but that certainly doesn’t make them affordable and accessible to all. i’d recommend keeping an eye on their clearance section. on a related note, check out this review of topman from qwear.

if you’re looking for the most cost-effective route, i’d recommend mixing and matching from stores in your local area, where you can go in and try things on. a lot of my suiting pieces are actually thrifted. also, a lot of this depends on your body type; personally, i’m super tall and a bit curvy and so while i often buy men’s jackets, i tend to go for menswear-inspired pants.

rounding out this section with some relevant essays and guides from autostraddle:

general resources and companies to check out when we’re talking about nonbinary style
unfortunately, there aren’t many clothing companies that were created specifically to serve nonbinary folks. (but hey, always a great idea for our generation of nonbinary fashionforward entrepreneurs!) there are some companies that were created specifically to blur and challenge the boundaries between men’s and women’s fashion, often with an intentionally queer and/or nonbinary slant. dapperq and qwear are definitely sites to check out. here’s an article listing a bunch of companies you might want to check out. dapperq also has a great list of stores that includes genderqueer/androgynous lines. additionally, here’s an interesting article from dapperq about androgynous (but not masculine) formal attire. autostraddle’s fashion/style section is a good resource, too. here, disgender-fashion writes about gender-neutral formal wear. here’s another article from colorlines that lists some companies that might be of interest. scout’s honor describes their clothes as for the modern tomboy. you may have heard about greyscale goods, which got their kickstarter fully funded recently, and aspires to provide a curated service to their clients, sending androgynous clothes to your doorstep. and finally, here’s another great masterlist of blogs and companies, from gqid.

now, you may have noticed a couple things about these places: a) they’re pretty expensive, and b) they’re mostly skewed towards a version of androgyny that emphasizes a particular version of masculinity. for some folks, that’s not reflective of how they want to present themselves, and either way, that’s okay! but if you’re looking for something else, it can be a little frustrating. and, of course, these companies are not accessible to everyone.

sometimes, in order to put together a wardrobe that best reflects who you are, you’ve got to venture into traditionally gendered, normative spaces and curate your own closet. unlearn the conventions that our society has imposed on us and try on what makes you feel awesome. 

some other asks we’ve answered that might be relevant

good luck! we’re always here to talk nonbinary style and gender expression.

-kate