Androgynous is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as partly male and partly female in appearance; of indeterminate sex.
Androgyny has always been on my radar as often it is a focus, be it great or small, in fashion magazines and websites. Let's face it, we as the human race are (subconsciously) fascinated with features and styles that are not gender specific. More and more I find myself drawn to this style of clothing, as it is branching out from the blazer and lazy jeans combination that helped to define this trend at the start. Now as menswear is becoming more and more bold, see J.W. Anderson's F/W 2013 collection, the scope for androgyny is beginning to be greater.
Markus Lupfer Pre-Collection S/S '14
Lupfer's pre-collection illustrates exactly what I mean when I say that the conventions for what can be considered androgynous have changed. Although the image in the top-left illustrates more traditional definitions of androgyny, the other two play with the newer form. Both models are wearing skirts, something that is not traditionally masculine, yet there is something about the simple combination of the clearcut shirt and sweaters that when combined with the feminine garment transforms it to become quite masculine. Maybe it's something to do with the edgy and sharp cuts of the skirts, or the fact that these women look strong, independent, powerful.
Matthew Williamson Pre-Collection S/S '14
I find that a lot of designs that celebrate androgyny tend to focus on making feminine things more masculine
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Pre-collection S/S '14
All images were found here