Style Saturday: Guest Post with Yoomi

Denim 101

Disclaimer: This guide is according to what I’ve personally experienced, seen, and read. My style will undoubtedly come through but I hope you take this as merely suggestions and an educational tool to help you or your loved ones find a better fit when it comes to buying and wearing jeans. Whether you’re masculine-of-center or just love wearing “men’s” jeans, I hope this is informational and helpful. P.S. I’ve worked at American Eagle for six years and completely love my denim collection but you definitely do not have to check them out by any means. 

It’s finally fall, well, maybe in some parts of the country, which means it’s time to put some pants on! Shopping for jeans is a source of anxiety or contention for many people all over the world. With so many different body types and the restraints of mass-producing products, it is more than common that finding the perfect fit is difficult for a lot of people. Today I’m going to be talking key components of finding your next favorite pair of jeans. These include cut/fit, size, and fabrication. Sometimes the brand of the jeans can also be important in finding your best fit. At the end, I’ll try to give you some quick tips in how to style your outfit around your jeans and look your best.

The Fit, Sizing, Fabrication, and Brands

It’s pretty common knowledge that the most popular style of denim right now is still the skinny jean. (Heads up, we can use the word style interchangeably with fit or cut.) Brands usually have the same kind of cuts, even while maybe having different names for them. What you’ll really want to pay attention to are keywords like leg opening, taper, fabrication, inseam, and waist size. Some common cut names are Skinny, Super Skinny (or variations of such), Taper(ed), Slim, Straight, Boot Cut, Relaxed, etc.

Men’s denim is usually listed as Waist size X Inseam. For example, 28x30 or 32x32 are sizes that would be denoted on the jeans in store and online. Now, just like other items of clothing, sizing can vary from brand to brand. The thinner your frame, the easier ti might be to find great fitting jeans. However, I have had a lot of taller/lankier customers that have just as much trouble finding jeans that fit as shorter or broader, huskier customers. Taller people usually have a little more luck in finding longer inseam options through brands’ online inventory. AEO sells jeans up to a 36-inch inseam and even up to a 44-inch waist. (I’m pretty sure those jeans come up to my chest FYI). Shorter folks like me who need a 28-inch inseam in combination with a larger waist size are kind of out of luck unless you’re willing to order custom made jeans from brands like Levi’s. Great news is, cuffing and rolling up your jeans is still fashionable. You can also do pinroll cuffs or cut them yourself, if you’re handy like that. If you have the budget, a tailor can be a great friend to have as well. To be honest, I like the bunched up look on myself depending the denim. However, if you are shorter and wear a larger waist size, it can end up bunching too much and make even your slim jeans fit wider and baggier than they are so stay attentive to those details.

Over the past few years, companies have begun incorporating some women’s denim technology into the fabrication of men’s denim. There are new levels of flexibility in keeping jeans from sagging like the traditional denim in the world. This can help you even size down in some jeans or try a slimmer cut because the fabrication’s stretch will be able to compensate for the usual tightness. Beware, depending on how tight you’re going, you could end up accentuating your hips, butt, thigh, and/or calves. If any of that is of concern, taking pictures in the fitting room will be helpful to make those determinations. If you’re open to it, also consider taking a friend you trust to give you helpful feedback in appropriate and truthful ways. Selvedge denim is still one of the coolest fabrications you could get in your denim. Warning, they’re also some of the most expensive fabrications of denim as well. The reason for this is in how they are made. Selvedge jeans are made from higher quality, denser denim rolls and are denoted by how they are stitched together. You can find if they’re selvedge in its flat color and on the outside edge if you cuff the jeans’ openings. It’s really interesting stuff if you’re down to Googling it. Selvedge denim is known for its stiffness and will normally fit tighter in your regular size so definitely be sure to try them on before purchasing them.

When trying to figure out what brands to buy, start with the popular places such as American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie, Zara, Forever 21 Men, H&M, Aeropostale (they filed for bankruptcy and closing a few stores so check out clearance sales), and PacSun (also filed for bankruptcy and not being run by a privately funded company). J.Crew, Gap, and Banana Republic are little more expensive and for an little bit of an older crowd, but still have great jeans. Any of your traditional department stores will also have a great selection of Levi’s if that’s a brand you’re interested in trying out as well. All these brands are going to fit differently so be prepared to have jeans in different sizes if you’re planning on buying jeans from a few of them. Streetwear brands like Supreme, Fear of God, Naked & Famous, etc. that are labeled as true to size could end up being tighter or looser depending on your body type so be careful when ordering online.

Trying On and Buying

Wherever you go, ask for a sales associate that knows their denim best. If a store has a section that looks like it’s all denim, the sales associate in that room is most likely the well-versed “expert.” Usually the fitting room associates will also know what they’re talking about as well. Go up to them after having a quick look and be open with them. Let them know, yes, you are aware these are guy jeans (if you’re female-presenting), Yes, you know how you’d like them to fit or look. Tell them how you would like them to fit at the ankle, over your shoes, the fit on your thighs, and your waist. Since the names are always varied, the associates should be able to recommend the right fits according to those specifications. Let them know if you want a specific wash as well: dark, light, medium, black, gray, destroyed, distressed, bleached, flat, whiskered, etc. The more specific you are, the faster things will go in the store and fitting room.

Trying on can be an anxious process, sometimes disappointing, and potentially triggering. When planning a shopping trip, try to plan an outfit that will make things easier on you. If you have a specific style of shoes you wear must often or plan to wear with the jeans you are looking to buy, wear them to the store. Avoid layers, and wear tops that you would most likely pair with them as well. I wear Vans and Nike Frees most often so I wear Vans to most fit sessions. My boots also have a low profile against my ankle so most skinny jeans go over them. Slip-on Vans are the quickest and easiest shoe to wear without completely giving up on looking decent at the store. Wear clean socks and maybe deodorize your shoes if you’re self-conscious. It gets hot in those fitting rooms sometimes so put on some deodorant or cologne too. As you try on, hand-off anything that you just really hate. This helps de-clutter the room and gives you a chance to give feedback to the fitting associate who in turn can help you find a better fit. If you like it, snap a picture in it so you don’t have to retry anything if you find yourself having to pick a between a few.

When making a decision, get what you felt the absolute most comfortable in. Sit on the floor, cross-legged, knees up, do a squat, do a lunge, sit on the chair if there is one. Can you breathe? Is everything feeling good? You like the look? Great, you’ve luckily found a great pair. I tell my customers all the time that if you’re even the least bit uncomfortable, it won’t be worth it because they’ll probably end up sitting in the corner with the tags still attached. Don’t waste your money. You’ll find the right pair, I swear, it’ll just take a little time and effort. Also, if you’re the type that just can’t always find your perfect pair, and you do find some you love, if the budge allows, get an extra pair. The worst moment is when you find out they don’t sell your favorite pairs of jeans after wearing them to oblivion. Luckily a lot of stores are still having sales on their denim, including AEO’s Buy One, Get One 50% off sale.

Styling Your Jeans

Skinny jeans have been the prevailing popular style currently. If you like a little more room in the calves or thigh, go for a slim or slim straight. Anything wider is good for bigger thighs or bigger boots. GQ and various style journalists have been making the case that relaxed jeans are making a comeback. If you’re into that trend, just make sure you’re styling it correctly by rolling/cuffing/cropping them and pairing them with an athletic shoe or you’ll end up looking lost. Distressed denim is huge and so is the acid wash and zipper jean look (Thanks Hyper Denim, Fear of God, and Justin Bieber). Rip & repair is trendy too and that is where they’ll make a whole in the jean and then patch it underneath.

 

Pair any of these with long tees and distressed tees if you’d like. My basic advice is to pair light denim with darker colored tops and light tees with darker jeans. Layers are always a good way to stay warm and stay on trend. Try not to combine patterns that clash though. I like to stick to one pattern, and one solid, which keeps things looking nice without getting too busy. When in doubt, keep it simple with loose tees or if you’re trying to look more “built,” add an undershirt to help add padding/definition and/or cuff your sleeve to accentuate your biceps.

As far as shoes go, you can pair skinnier leg opening jeans with anything from Vans Sk8 Hi’s and Old Skool’s to Janoskis, Adidas Boosts, Yeezys, Chelsea boots, and more! If you go for that relaxed fit cuffed/cropped, try pairing them with Adidas Superstars or Stan Smiths. No show socks are great or wear cool pattern socks and show them off if that’s your thing.

Wow So Much Information

The same jeans won’t look the same on different people. Make them your own. Own your style. Own your body. Embrace your wardrobe. Repurpose old jeans to your benefit. DIY tutorials are everywhere, including YouTube. Make your own ripped-at-the-knee jeans. Take a razor to make your own frayed patches. Cut your own pair of crops (ask your sewing parent or friend to teach you how to use a sewing machine)! If a trend just doesn’t suit you, don’t feel like you have to follow the crowd. P.S. If you’re an extra skinny dude and still want a true skinny fit, don’t be afraid to check out a women’s skinny or jegging. Depending on your build, those styles could end up being the perfect tight fit all over. Clothes are only labeled for gender, that doesn’t mean you can’t make them work for you.

Denim shopping can be rough so I hope you found this helpful for this fall season and more to come. If you have any styling questions, feel free to contact me on social media at @yoomsters, email me at YoomiStylesYou@gmail.com, or come visit me at American Eagle in SoHo, NYC.

Best of luck!
-Yoomi

FLAVNT Friday 10/14/16: Bareskin Top Release Info + New Designs Dropping

Hey y'all! Today is a very exciting FLAVNT Friday because we have a lot to update you on! We know that some of you have been monitoring the progress of our Bareskin Tops very closely and we're happy to tell you that it looks like October 31 is going to be the day they finally hit the market!

From left to right: 

Spencer wearing an Extra Small Rose binder (he/him)
Vic wearing a Large Sand binder (she/her)
Kenny wearing a Medium Copper binder (they/them)
Leo wearing an Extra Large Umber binder (he/him) 

Almost a year ago we brought you the idea for our Bareskin Top – an inclusive nude colored binder that included a range of skin-tones, something that hadn’t been done before. We successfully funded our project through Kickstarter at the end of 2015 and have been hard at work ever since. 

From ideation through the entire manufacturing process we perfected and tweaked our binder until it was as close to perfect as we could possibly get it and we are beyond stoked about the result. We wanted to bring y’all a product that improved the things that we didn’t like about other binders on the market as well as creating a line that was inclusive of a variety of sizes and skin tones. We’re a small business (just two queer kids doing our best to live the dream and give back to the community) so creating a custom garment took longer than expected and allowed others in the binder market to run with our idea – but that’s okay! Competition is healthy and we knew it would happen, but we weren’t going to compromise our product and rush our timeline to try and beat the big guys in the game. We took our time and created a product that we couldn’t be more proud of and that has gotten so many positive reviews from the people who have gotten to try it out behind the scenes and we know that this is the best product of its kind on the market.

In our initial launch, our Bareskin Top will be available in 4 colors (Rose, Sand, Copper, and Umber) and 5 sizes (XS-XL) but we are looking to expand as quickly as possible to add even more diversity to our line. We’re growing this project from the ground up so expansion takes time, but we cannot wait to see where this product takes us. 

As with everything at FLAVNT, 15% of profits from every binder sold will go towards helping someone get gender confirming surgery. Right now any purchase at flavnt.com goes towards our #SupportChris campaign to help our very own @seethestarsablaze finally get top surgery in January of 2017!

Special shoutout to Heather for being our photographer and rocking the hell out of these photos.

AS IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH:

We were gifted a couple boxes of blank t-shirts (shoutout to Ryan!) to print on so we will be taking custom orders for these specific shirts!

We have a variety of brands but they are all similar in quality (Gildan and Fruit of the Loom mostly).

To Order:

Head to flavnt.com and please choose the size/color shirt you want and then in the comments of your order let us know which design you would like printed on the shirt from the 4 choices below:

  • Gender Roles are Dead Tombstone
  • Gender Roles are Dead Skull
  • Wish You Were Queer
  • FLAVNT Logo Tee

These shirts will be made-to-order, so the turnaround time will be a little longer than normal but these will be one of a kind shirts (for only $20)!

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE:

We're also taking preorders for our favorite Gender Roles Are Dead skull sweatshirt, this year in forest green and our Charming as FVCK sweatshirt is coming back as well. Be sure to prep for the coming winter with some of our comfy sweaters!

ONE MORE THING:

We dropped a new design for the Lady Gayz out there courtesy of our resident Lady Gay, Courtney. This groovy, vintage-feel, triblend tee is going to be your new favorite. You're going to like it so much you won't even want to let your Gal Pal borrow it.

Sheesh, that's a lot of shit we've gotten done this week (not to mention all the new gear we dropped for Let Live Apparel -- which if you haven't check out our sister brand yet, what are you waiting for?? Examples of what you're missing below).

We Love Wednesday: DSISD Bathroom Fight

We LOVE when people in the community stand beside one another and show support, that's what our entire business model is based on. 

This last week the local media exploded over the issue of a young trans girl in Dripping Springs, TX (a small town outside of Austin) who has been allowed to use the girl's bathroom for the last year or so at her public elementary school. If you are like us then you are so shocked and thrilled to hear that this small southern school is allowing this girl to use the correct bathroom, but parents were up in arms when they found out. 

We made a trip out to the elementary school in question this past Monday, where a board meeting was being held to discuss the matter. Imagine that scene in Freeheld when Ellen Page is pleading for her right to Julianne Moore's benefits as her gay lover, except with a lot more camouflage in the audience. 

There we were, clad in our finest queer attire, I was sporting my fave "Support Trans Kids" shirt from Bobo Academy, and we were bracing ourselves for what we assumed would be an onslaught of ignorance. What we were instead met with was and overwhelming amount of support for this little girl. If I were to hazard a guess I would say the "sides" were proportioned about 8:2 in this girl's favor. Most taking the stance that she'd been using the bathroom all along, what's the big deal now?

We were brought to tears as we saw signs from her classmates spelling out "You can Pee next to me!" and "She is who she is!" We were hanging around outside and got to catch part of an interview with one of the little girl's friends who spoke more eloquently than any 9-year-old I've ever met (or adult for that matter) on the topic of gender and inclusive rights for everyone. 

A woman introduced herself to us within the first hour of us waiting around hoping for a seat in the overflowed overflow room, where a livestream was playing of the meeting. This woman had two young adopted children with her, one of whom was trans. The little girl turned to me and said, "They let me use the right bathroom at my school, this is just silly." I told her I couldn't agree more. 

As the meeting went on, for about two hours (much longer than any other recent board meeting according to the parents around us), we got to hear both sides. As infuriating as it was to hear the opposing views I could see where some of their frustration was coming from -- they felt lied to, they felt that they had a right to know about these things -- and though I didn't agree I can understand that a lot of the anger was coming from a fear of the unknown. One father was particularly surprising, standing at the podium clad in a cowboy hat and handlebar mustache, I'll be honest when I say I profiled him from the start. He began by saying that when he found out about the trans child at the school he was forced to confront his feelings about transgender people as a whole, and he didn't like being forced to confront those feelings, I felt myself starting to get frustrated with him. But then he went on to say that his own children didn't seem to have any feelings at all about the issue -- they knew this girl as a girl, they showed no fear or discomfort about it, they showed no problems at all, and if they didn't mind it then why should he. 

A few academics spoke up, making us laugh as they told people to get their heads out of the sand (a very polite way to say "get your heads out of your asses" in an elementary school setting) and realize that this isn't an issue of "boys in girls bathrooms" because trans girls are in fact girls. 

We left as people wrapped up their statements, as we headed out the door I heard a mother saying that she had always trusted the school to do the right thing and she had no doubt they had done just that. I was happy we went to witness this slice of humanity, these people grappling with their beliefs and their internalized transphobia, but mostly the unbelievable amount of educated, open-minded, and respectful individuals who showed this girl love.

I wish that the news had never gotten a hold of this story -- trans women are already often the victims of harassment, abuse, and violence; and to make a young trans girl the center of such a dramatic story at a young age is just reinforcing this narrative. I do hope, however, that she sees the amount of people who stood beside her and dared speak out for her, and that she knows there is community out there even in places you might not expect one to be. 

Music Monday: Week 8

We asked our badass little sister to compile this week's Music Monday and she did not disappoint! Give this a listen as you go about your week; whether you're hitting the gym, working from home, writing, creating art, enjoying nature, hanging with friends -- whatever you're doing, have a few of these songs be the soundtrack to your day/night. You can thank us (and our baby sis) later. 

 

 

Music Monday: Week 7

We don't know about y'all but these past couple of weeks (well most of 2016) can go take a hike. This week's Music Monday playlist is filled with some motivational and semi-upbeat songs to fuel the work week and combat all those bad vibes floating around!

  1. Closer - The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
  2. 11 Blocks - Wrabel
  3. Drugs - EDEN
  4. Too Good - Drake ft. Rihanna
  5. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony ft. Tu Dolla $ign
  6. Cold Water - Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber
  7. Makeshift - Cruels ft. Brandyn Burnette
  8. Fumes - EDEN ft. gnash
  9. Say It - Flume ft. Tove Lo
  10. Cruel - Snakehips ft. ZAYN
  11. Starving - Hailee Steinfeld ft. Grey & Zedd

FLAVNT Friday: 8/19/16

Running a small business is ______.

How would you fill in that blank? Rewarding? Challenging? Tiring? Surprising? A shitshow? 

D. All of the above?

Probably D. All of the above. 

We have a learned a lot about running a small business in the last 2 years and we wanted to share a few of those lessons with you on this FLAVNT Friday:

1. You are going to drink sooooo much coffee. So maybe invest in a decent coffee maker so you don't spend all your profits on Starbucks. 

2."Profits" lol. But real talk, you're gonna be pretty poor, but if you're paying (at least some of) your bills doing something you love then who's the real winner here? 

3. Get out of bed and get dressed. Seriously. It makes all the difference in the world to go to work in an outfit you'd wear to any "normal" job, so don't wear sweats every day because you're working from home. It'll just encourage you to watch Netflix all day long (not that we've ever done that).

4. Be active throughout the day. Over at FLAVNT we do pushups every hour on the hour, because you gotta flex your real muscles as well as your creative ones. But really, getting out of your chair will help the day move along much quicker! 

5. Speaking of chairs -- we are pro-standing desks over at our home office. Something about a computer at standing height is just so NICE. And if you're going to have a standing desk -- MAKE your own. they're hella expensive at furniture stores. 

6. Carry business cards with you at all times. Seriously. Even to the gym. I can't tell you how many times we have been in a shirt of ours and been left reaching for a business card only to find that we did not bring any. It's a struggle, but put them by your front door so you just grab a few every time you leave the house.

7. If/when you're written about in media/newspapers/on Tv etc. tweet/email the person who covered you and your business and thank them! It's not only professional to do so and acknowledge their acknowledgment of you, but if in the future you need a connection with that media outlet you will at least have corresponded with them ever-so-slightly. 

8. Find a mail center! Or you could find yourself walking over a mile several times a week to a post office in Brooklyn, only to find out that their was a shipping center two blocks from your apartment. Nbd. Not like you slushed through snow with 30+ packages in a grocery cart on the regular. 

9. People are going to hate on you, especially if you do a lot of your advertising on social media. That's fine, you can't please everyone -- you're not tequila. 

10. Stay true to your goals and your message. There will be days you want to quit. Don't. Remember why you started and do your best every single day. 

FLAVNT Friday: 8/5/16 #SupportChris

It's the moment you've all been waiting for, folks! We are FINALLY partnering with our very own Chris to raise money for his top surgery! 

I know what you're thinking... but he's already shirtless a lot of the time. Well, rest assured, he will be shirtless 100% of the time once he meets his top surgery goal and gets the chest he's always wanted. If that's not incentive enough to support this awesome man, then you can feel good about helping someone feel comfortable and confident in their skin. Not to mention the fact that he's a young trans small-business owner, who has (before his own fundraising) helped raise over $7500 for 5 other trans people's gender confirming surgeries. 

You can feel good about this cause, just like all of our previous partnerships. And we don't think it's outlandish to think that by the end of this 6th partnership we will have raised $10,000 for trans people in need. In case the people in the back couldn't quite hear: by January 2017 we bet that FLAVNT (and our loyal customers) will have raised 10k for gender confirming surgeries so far. That's fvcking incredible. 

And we could not do this without you! You are the reason we do what we do and you are the reason we can do what we do. Keep on keeping on with us, because we are changing the world as we know it every single day (and looking damn fine doing it). 

Now for something a little more trivial, but literally trivial because we are going to post 10 trivia facts about Chris that you may not know already to get to know your newest (but really not so new) FLAVNT partner! 

  1. If Chris could have any super power in the world it would be: the power to read people's minds. (bonus facts: in kindergarten Chris won the award for most curious kid in class, and his favorite super hero is The Flash)
  2. Chris hates chocolate but loves red velvet cake (we know, it doesn't make any sense)
  3. Chris (and Courtney) didn't make Elementary School choir
  4. Courtney taught Chris how to whistle when they were like 4-years-old
  5. Chris did ballet for one day before vowing never to go back
  6. His dog has 3 last names as her name: Rowling Granger Rhodes
  7. He considered the names Carter, Cayden, and Blaine before choosing the name Christopher
  8. Growing up he wanted to be a veterinarian 
  9. Chris really fvcking hates spiders, it's pretty embarrassing really
  10. He sometimes gets this weird Midwest type accent that makes no sense because he's from the South and has never been to the Midwest (ask him to say basketball, it's totally weird)

We Love Wednesday: Support Your Brothers

On Wednesdays we like to spotlight people/brands in the community that are doing wonderful things and that we think that our supporters would love as well. (We know it's Thursday, but shhh) This week we sat down with our good friends over at Support Your Brothers. In their own words: "Support Your Brothers was started as a blog on Tumblr to bring individuals within the transmasculine community together to connect with one another, share each others’ stories, support each other, submit fundraisers, etc. Quickly expanding into an online store, 100% of the profits go back into the trans community via binder donations, packer donations, giveaways, fundraiser donations, etc." 

So who are you? Can you give us a brief introduction?
Drew Tumlinson - 22, FTM/transmasculine man, I'm a web developer and designer by day and the owner of Support Your Brothers by night. At my core, I’m a webmaster with a focus on web development.

Ashtyn Riley-23, FTM, right now I am working full-time and going to school full-time for accounting and finance. I work to pay for my transition and school. I also help run SYB during the free time that I have. I’m hoping that one day my background in business will help to get     SYB to take off. I want to devote a lot more of my time to it once school is finished. 

How did Support Your Brothers come to be?
I (Drew) started it as a support blog for transguys to submit their fundraisers, selfies, questions, etc. I really wanted it to be a positive place for transguys. I didn’t define “positive” from the get-go because I wanted it to be defined by our audience. Overall, I wanted it to be an audience-oriented space where no topics related to being trans or transitioning were off limits.

Drew, Founder of Support Your Brothers

Drew, Founder of Support Your Brothers

What inspired you to create SYB?
I (again, Drew) wanted a place for guys to share their fundraisers, stories, advice, and overall just connect with other trans guys. I think our stories are important but they can't make a difference if we don't share them. I wanted, and still want, Support Your Brothers to be a platform for sharing.

How did y’all end up partnering up?
Ashtyn replied to a “help wanted” post on tumblr. We did a Skype interview and the rest, as they say, is history. We ended up really clicking and having a lot in common so I gave him the position. Like I said, he's now my best friend (ok, besides my gorgeous fiancé).

Ashtyn, Part 2 of Support Your Brothers

Ashtyn, Part 2 of Support Your Brothers

What’s the goal with SYB?
Originally I just wanted to raise some extra money to support my transition. However, Ashtyn will be having top surgery very soon, so our profits are going to his surgery. Ultimately, our goal is positivity. If we're spreading good vibes and encouraging people to be true to themselves, we are successful. In the future we hope to follow FLAVNT’s footsteps and partner up with transmasculine individuals looking to get gender affirming surgeries.

What’s your favorite part of running a community based project like SYB?
I love the connections we can make with other brothers (and sisters, really - we love you Courtney!). I also love knowing that we provide a space for people to be true to themselves. That’s been something I struggled with over the years so to know we’re helping people in that way is beyond satisfactory.

My (Ashtyn speaking) favorite part is knowing that I am making a difference in the community, even if it’s not a big one. I love the connections I’ve made with people (especially you two) and knowing that I am able to help other people get through their difficult situations whether it’s with their transitions or just life. It’s also nice giving people a space where they feel safe and can be who they really are without worrying about what others think. I know for a while I kept my identity a secret because I was afraid of what people would think of me and now I really don’t care what people think of me (you either like me or you don’t) and embrace who I am. I want others to be able to do that. 

Any big plans for the future?
One day we hope to gain even more momentum and be able to help even more people feel confident in their own skin. The ultimate goal is to be able to help guys get the products they need that they may not be able to afford (binders, for example) and fund their completely necessary surgeries.

Any advice for anyone/words of encouragement for people trying to make a difference in/give back to the community?
Drew: Honestly? Hit us up! We’re always looking for more insight from other perspectives, reps, and even people to help run our social media. If you want to make a difference in the community but have your own ideas, write down what you want and go for it. Ask people for help. Ask for advice. Get all the help and support you can and run. Don’t stop until you’re satisfied and have made the difference you wanted to make. Once you’ve done that, make a new goal and start the process over. 
    
Ashtyn: My advice would be, if you have an idea or a dream just go for it 100%. Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back. The only way you’re going to get what you want in life is to bust your ass working for it and when you reach your goals you’re going to feel like a badass. Never settle, once you’ve reached one goal, set a new one and go for it. 

Courtney supporting her brothers

Courtney supporting her brothers

Chris rocking his SYB shirt

Chris rocking his SYB shirt

We love what Drew and Ashtyn are doing over at SYB and can't wait to see where the coming year takes them. As a small queer business, we know how hard it is getting off the ground but, even more so, we know how important it is to help out other queer people and empower them to be successful. We love seeing other businesses actively giving back and helping people and these two guys have genuine hearts of gold. Take the time to go show Support Your Brothers some love, give them a follow, shoot them a message if you need some advice, and buy some of their stylish gear. It all goes to a good cause. Stay rad and support your brothers!

instagram: @supportyourbrothers
tumblr: support-your-brothers.tumblr.com/
site: http://supportyourbrothers.com/

We Love Wednesday: Flex Mafia

On Wednesdays we love to highlight people/brands/things within the community that we really love. This week, we were lucky enough to interview Flex Mafia, another queer-run small business based in Texas that we've been following since they first started out. Flex Mafia is run by two amazing people: Kelsey who is 27 and genderfluid and Jen who is a 33-year-old lesbian -- the business is based in Lubbock, TX, but they travel all around Texas and the surrounding areas for fitness competitions and expos. 

Flex Mafia is a fitness lifestyle brand that was started in 2015 with the goal of promoting a healthy lifestyle and letting you look good while you do it. In their own words: "#FlexMafia is more than muscles. It's love, passion, focus, dedication, and consistency. It is the WAY we train, and look damn good while we do." As a couple of queer business owners that love to stay fit, Flex Mafia is a brand that we've been unapologetically digging on for a long time.

We got to have a quick chat with Kelsey, half of Flex Mafia, to get a little insight into what this business is about and what's in store for the future:

You used to be Might + Main Apparel, how did you become Flex Mafia?
We started off as "Might + Main" which means all of one's strength, but after some legalities we decided to change the name to something more appealing and after about 2 months of back and forth of trying to decide the name Flex Mafia stuck. 

What are your backgrounds in terms of fitness/business?
Jen's background in fitness is the more typical fitness story. She played college basketball, ran a couple of Half Marathons in her late twenties, and then joined CrossFit about two years ago. I, on the other hand, was never athletic. I was the kid who if someone fell down on the basketball court I would help them up instead of playing the game. After a "come to jesus moment" one Christmas day, I realized that my entire family was in shape, and I was completely out of shape and I wasn't happy with the path that I was on. I busted my butt to lose weight and get healthier -- which resulted in me running 2 half marathons. And then, luckily, a little over two years ago, I had a friend get me into CrossFit, and I am in way better shape than I could have ever imagined.

How did you and Jen partner up and make this dream a reality?
Let's see, mine and Jen's friendship started off as the most awkward encounter that anyone could have ever been through. About a year after that we decided to give it another try and the rest is history. We are very similar and our tastes mesh well as far as fashion and passions in life. One day, we discussed that we hated our jobs and that we each had always dreamed of having our own clothing line. Fortunately, my dad had been looking to fund a project like this so he became our financial backer for the start of our little venture. Jen and I work day in and day out to produce product that we adore and only hope that everyone else loves too while learning all of the ins and outs of business ownership. It has definitely been a huge learning experience. We try to produce products that not only we love, but all of our fellow athletes and friends can wear in and out of the gym.

Any cool stuff in store for the future?
We have a very big event that we will be attending in Austin, TX, the weekend of June 25th! The Naturally Fit Games and Fitness Expo! We will be with about 300 other vendors getting our product out there in a realm of not only CrossFit but bodybuilding, grappling, USA weightlifting etc. We are always looking to be vendors at all types of fitness events. So, if you're in the Austin area and into that sort of thing, definitely come out and see us! 

Kelsey (left) and Jen (right) owners of Flex Mafia.

Kelsey (left) and Jen (right) owners of Flex Mafia.

We've been lucky enough to consider Flex Mafia and its owners friends over the past year through connections we've made on social media and through mutual respect as queer Texans trying to make the world a better and more stylish place. We own a couple of their shirts and rep them in the gym as often as possible and hope that some of you will do the same because this brand is doing big things for a small company. Anyone who promotes self confidence and living a healthy lifestyle is someone that we can wholeheartedly endorse.

We love Flex Mafia, and so should you.

Go check out their site and grab some great gear at:
http://flexmafia.com/ 

And show them some love and follow them on social media:
instagram: @flexmafiaofficial
tumblr: http://flexmafiaofficial.tumblr.com/ 
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlexMafia
twitter: @flexmafiaoffic

FLAVNT Friday: 3/19/16

We have some really exciting news regarding the Bareskin Binder! We received two prototype 2.0's in the mail yesterday and they look A-MAZ-ING! Chris has been testing them both out himself to make sure that they are up to our standard and are as fully functional and comfortable as possible. The prototypes vary in the lining used on the inside and the stitching, but aside from that the silhouette, outside material, and cut of the top has been almost completely finalized. 

The Bareskin Binder in action at Austin
Bouldering Project!

We will be sending our final tweaks back to our manufacturer by early next week and once we have a finalized prototype that we are all satisfied with (hopefully by the end of the month) we will begin production. The production timeline that we’ve been given looks like about 8-10 weeks which should put us on track to drop these bad boys by early summer! We will keep y’all in the loop but we hope that everyone is as excited as we are. Chris had a blast climbing in his today!

A couple questions we've been getting pretty frequently are:

  • What is the pricing going to look like? We can't give a definitive answer until the production is underway, but $50ish seems like a reasonable guess.
  • Will these work for larger chests? What has to be remembered is that mass cannot be erased -- it can only be redistributed. Larger chest can be compressed and flattened, but they cannot be completely gotten rid of -- even larger bodied cis guys can have large chests. Our binder will compress large chests as safely and effectively as possible.
  • When is the release date? Like we said, early summer is the goal. Once we get production underway we will have a more solid date, but we are hoping for early June.
  • Will it be safe to workout in this? We cannot condone working out in a binder for liability reasons, but we can say that you will know your body the best. The range of motion and comfort provided by this top is unparalleled by any binder on the market currently.

Aside from the Bareskin update, we finished up out first 2 weeks with Jett! Things have been going amazingly with our #SupportJett campaign, we raised $193 in the first 9 days! At that pace, we could reach our $2500 goal in 117 days! Additionally, we dropped a TON of cool new designs this month. Check out the pictures below if you don't believe us when we say how great these new products are!

New 100% Binary Free tshirt: $27

New 100% Binary Free tshirt: $27

Sticker Pack 2: $5

Sticker Pack 2: $5

Super Sticker Pack: $10

Super Sticker Pack: $10

Handsome as Heck tshirt: $27

Handsome as Heck tshirt: $27

Patriarchy Shmatriarchy tshirt: $30

Patriarchy Shmatriarchy tshirt: $30

Make sure you check out our new stickers (available in our Sticker Pack 2 and Super Sticker Pack) and our three new shirt designs! 15% of all purchases at flavnt.com go towards Jett's top surgery fundraiser. Great clothes for an even greater cause!

Check in next week for even more updates and blog posts. Until then, stay rad.

FLAVNT Friday: 2/5/16

Hey y'all! Really exciting update this week! Aiden finally has a surgery date for his top surgery and it is definitely sooner rather than later -- Aiden will be getting top surgery on Thursday February 11. That means that we have 6 days to raise as much money as possible for him. In the 4 weeks that we've worked together thus far we've raised an astounding $653 together, which is so amazing. We're hoping to raise $250 more at least for Aiden in these final days, so please take the time to spread the word and pick up some clothes to benefit him! 

Following Aiden's surgery, we will be taking applications for our next partner for another week and will be picking our top 3 applicants on 2/18/16 and hope to have a new partner chosen by 2/21/16. So if you want to apply or know anyone who would be a great FLAVNT partner, please send them our way and have them fill out our application which can be found under the "Fundraising Application" link on our site!

More exciting news: We had our consult with a manufacturer in Fort Worth on Monday of this week that went really well and it looks like we are going to use them to manufacture our Bareskin Tops! This is awesome, because finding a manufacturer has been a long and strenuous process that has taken upwards of a year now and cost us a lot of money, so we are happy to have found some amazing people to work with. On that same note, we finally have all of the rewards in for our Kickstarter Rewards, so we are going to start slowly but surely sending those y'alls way. So be on the lookout for tote bags and drunk post cards, this is going to be fun! There are so many other things happening and our schedules have been beyond crazy lately, but we are super excited for the coming weeks! Check in next Friday for another update (hopefully with an update from Aiden on how his surgery went!)

Much love.

Music Monday: Week 6

We're on the road tonight on our way to Fort Worth to meet with a manufacturer in the morning about our Bareskin Top (yay! wish us luck!) so we put together a playlist for the road, check it out!

1. Pillowtalk - Zayn
2. Hello - Stephen
3. Cardiac Arrest - Bad Suns
4. Strange Love - Halsey
5. Should've Ran After You - Cole Swindell
6. Me, Myself, & I - G-Eazy
7. All My Friends - Snakehips
8. Earned It - Kinna Grannis
9. Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
10. Wasn't That Drunk - Josh Abbott Band

Trending Tuesday: Chris Mosier's Road to Representing the USA

Trans athletes in the Olympics this summer? Get your DVR ready because history is about to be made! Maybe more realistically, we could see trans athletes on an international stage as soon as the Winter Olympics in 2018 -- but the possibility is exciting!

check out this article on the subject from buzzfeed

(Note: DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS BELOW THE ARTICLE LINKED ABOVE, THEY ARE HEAVILY TRANSPHOBIC AND MAY BE TRIGGERING).

We want to shine a light specifically on Chris Mosier, a trans man who is making strides (no pun intended) as a duathlon runner/biker and has qualified for the Men's National Team. Because of previous laws regarding transgender athletes and the requirements of sex reassignment surgeries, though Chris had qualified for the men's team he was barred from being able to compete alongside the other men. However, a recent change in olympic rules is making it possible for Mosier to possibly make his debut in Spain this Summer as the first transgender athlete ever to compete in a world championship event. 

Photo by Zhen Heinemann

Photo by Zhen Heinemann

Chris made headlines last summer when he finished 7th in his age category for the sprint duathlon, qualifying him to compete in the US 2016 World Championship. 

People argue that this will give an unfair advantage to trans individuals, specifically MTF competitors if/when they get to compete alongside cisgender women. The regulations surrounding this decision, however, will be very intense and require testing of hormone levels ensuring that individuals are within normal hormone levels for that gender category. As for physical advantages, Mosier said it best: 

There are women out there beating men in races,” he said. “There are tall and short men and we don’t discriminate against tall or short athletes. Michael Phelps had long arms, but he didn’t get disqualified for having a competitive advantage. That’s just how he was built. There’s so much variation within genders anyway, a lot of the transphobia is built around that.
— Chris Mosier

Aside from being an incredible athlete, Mosier runs transathlete.com where he helps other trans individuals interested in competing by giving them access to information and resources. Mosier is fighting with the IOC (the International Olympic Committee) to make their laws concerning transgender individuals less archaic, which would open the door for trans athletes everywhere to have the opportunity to represent their countries not only in the Olympics but in other international events. Chris' event, the duathlon, is unfortunately not included in the current Olympic games, but the possibility of seeing a trans athlete in a World Championship is no less huge. Here's to hoping that the Olympics committee gets this decision right and trans athletes are finally given equal treatment. While we wait, make sure to check out Chris' gofundme where he is raising money for his (*fingers crossed*) upcoming trip to Spain and all the legal fees he has accumulated fighting for his right to compete.

 

FLAVNT Friday: Update 1/22/16

How is it 2016 y'all?? We certainly don't know where the time has gone, but this is going to be a HUGE year for us and we are so happy to have you all along for the ride!

So much has been going on over here at the FLAVNT HQ in the last month or so we figured we would give you a rundown of what's happened lately and what's going to happen with us soon:

As most of you know we had a successful kickstarter campaign, that money came through to us the first week of January, and we have now placed an order for the Give&Make tees, the gender roles are dead totes, postcards and stationery for assorted donation rewards! We are going to start with the rewards we can do without any physical merchandise in the next few days (virtual high fives, social media shoutouts, listing people as sponsors on our site, etc). We hope that we get the tees in soon so that we can start sending those out as well! As for the postcards, both of us over here at FLAVNT are currently doing the Whole30 diet which means no alcohol (the worst!) so we can't do the drunk postcards until February, but we promise you'll get them and they'll be ridiculous (and legible?). 

Also regarding the manufacturing of the Bareskin Top we currently have two manufacturers in mind, on in TX and one in FL. We are having a meeting with the TX manufacturer the first of February and that should give us a good idea as to our timeline (if we decide to work with them, fingers crossed that we do!).

For our shirts we found a new printer locally here in Austin and we are really excited about it! We previously went through a small printshop in Brooklyn (THAT WE LOVED) but shipping is expensive and we figured there's so many printshops in ATX that we need to try to work with to keep support small businesses! As a small business it's so important to get involved with and support other small businesses rather than cutting corners to try to cut costs, it all comes around to you in the end. Not to mention that this local printer uses all water based inks which is eco-friendly and just better all around!

We know we are out of stock of a lot of things, we should have Pretty Boys and Gal Pals as well as the Gender Roles cutoffs back in inventory before February, but those are listed for preorder on our site so you can buy them currently! We also have a few amazing new designs up our sleeves that we plan to get printed in February as well, so keep that in mind when you're buying Valentine's Gifts for that special someone in your life! (or for yourself. Treat yo'self, you deserve it).

On Saturday we are headed to San Antonio to do a photoshoot with a friend we have yet to shoot with but we are so stoked to finally be able to. She is gorgeous, y'all are gonna eat the pictures of her up, we just know it! 

Next week we are doing a local fashion show so hopefully we can snag some pictures at that to show y'all on our site! We are really excited though we don't know much about it but we love any excuse to push FLAVNT toward areas we haven't yet! 

Besides all that we have currently raised about $350 for Aiden so far in the first two weeks of partnering with him. We would love to raise at least $1k in this crash fundraiser, which we have less than a month to accomplish, so your continued support is appreciated!


Music Monday: Week 5

Hi y'all! Yoomi here! Shout out to the twins for letting me create a guest playlist for this week's Music Monday! I'm known to be into a pretty wide range of music and love to find new artists before they blow up (oh how hipster of me). This week I tried to create a more fun mood but with a little mellow because I'm currently on an upswing but love introspective ballads because really, who doesn't love sappy love songs?

1. All of the People by Panama Wedding
2. Piano Song by Eryn Allen Kane
3. This Time (Serious Symptoms, Simple Solutions) by Jarryd James
4. It's All in Vain by Wet
5. Coming Home (Live) by Gavin James
6. I Was Made for Loving You by Tori Kelly ft. Ed Sheeran
7. Lonely People by Orla Gartland
8. Bottle it Up (Acoustic) by Sam Hunt
9. Feels by Kiiara
10. That One Song by Gnash ft. Goody Grace
11. Anchor by Sophia Black

Panama Wedding is a surprise to me in the sense his sound isn't my normal taste but something about his voice and lyrics just have me smitten. His newest EP has some of my new favorite tracks. 

"Piano Song" by Eryn Allen Kane is just beautiful. The trumpets on this track gives me chills every single time. The triplets are insane. Also, her voice is just amazing as hell. 

Jarryd James is a newcomer from the land down under and works with Lorde's producer. "Blue eyed soul" as they called way back, his sound is more reminiscent of old-school R&B with contemporary pop theory. His voice and the lyrics on "This Time" make me weep. 

Wet is getting even more popular with every track they put out. "It's All in Vain" is already a great standalone track but this remix of it just makes it even better. I'm a sucker for a badass remix. 

Gavin James opened for Sam Smith on his global tour and this Brit's got some sick range. His latest EP contains his single "For You" that hits all the feels. I picked "Coming Home" for you because it shows how great he sounds live, plus the lyrics remind me that it's so globally human to feel what he's singing about. 

Anybody that knows me knows how much I LOVE Tori Kelly. I met her a few years ago while shooting Scooter Braun's SXSW showcase and her personality in real life solidified my love. She worked with Ed Sheeran (because of course they're tight) on this track and I swear I need a girlfriend that sings so we can record a duet cover of this and fall deeper in love. Too much cute in one song. 

I first saw Orla Gartland at SXSW 2015 in a room at Maggie Mae's while waiting to shoot Halsey's set. I popped in for a quick sit and was instantly captivated by her pop style but something about how her melodies and lyrics just do it for me. Plus, a name like Orla makes me feel solidarity with her. 

Oh Sam Hunt, his style. I shot his set at the Spotify House at SXSW 2015 and those jeans... Definitely doesn't dress like your average country singer but that's probably why I like him so much. "Bottle It Up" is off his acoustic mixtape and I love the feeling that he describes. When you're in a terrible spot, sometimes you just want to be able to go back to the good times. Definitely a lake song for me this summer. 

So Kiiara first popped up on one of my discover weekly playlists (which you should also subscribe too by the way) and Rookie let me know about "Feels" last night. Excuse me while I wallow in mine as I listen to this song. 

Gnash is mostly known for his sadder, breakup, heartbreak songs, which I am all for all the time. But this song is literally the cutest thing ever and I'm so excited to sing it to someone special in the future. (Yes ladies, I am single, so you know...)

"Anchor" by Sophia Black is another discover weekly gem! She's super active on Twitter and recently tweeted at me after I shared this track online. Obviously I'm a sucker for haunting voices and a badass beat. 

I really hope you guys enjoy this week's playlist and if you wanna check any more of the music I listen to or go shoot, follow me on Spotify! 

Links: 

Instagram/Tumblr/Twitter: @yoomsters

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1210120355

FLAVNT Friday: #SupportAiden

If you're reading this blog you probably know what we're all about over here at FLAVNT Streetwear, but if you don't we'll give you a little rundown. We partner with gender nonconforming individuals who need help fundraising for gender confirming surgeries (phew that was a mouthful!) and give them a portion of our sales. We have successfully completed 3 partnerships thus far, raising a grand total of $4600 between those individuals in just over 12 months. Of those three transmasculine individuals we helped two achieve top surgery (one had double incision and the other had keyhole procedure), and we helped our most recent partner afford bottom surgery (phalloplasty).

Our third partner, Tyler. 

Our third partner, Tyler. 

This month we are doing something different at FLAVNT, and different being that we only have about 1 month to fundraise for someone, so it's all or nothing in a short amount of time. A "crash fundraiser" if you will. This individual's name is Aiden and he applied to work with us during our second round of applications last year, at the time his application was outstanding and he was in the top few applicants before we ended up choosing Caden. Aiden is a 23-year-old trans guy from Central Texas who is big into the church and also very involved in the trans community. Aiden spends his time as one of the filmographers for the documentary I am the T, and frequently goes on Mission Trips around the world. That last bit of information is crucial to our partnership with Aiden -- he was accepted to go on a prestigious mission trip during the Fall of 2016 and because of this had to move his top surgery date up 6 months. 

Top surgery is expensive... and it's even more expensive when you have half a year less time to save money for it. The reason Aiden needs top surgery before his mission trip is because he will be traveling to places where it is unsafe to be visibly transgender, and for his own wellbeing the people in charge of the trip will not allow him to partake without having had and being fully recovered from top surgery. 

Aiden is seeking top surgery with Dr. Raphael in Plano, TX sometime in early to mid February of 2016. He has to raise $6000+ before that time, and though he knows and we know that we can't expect to raise that amount of money in such a short amount of time, we know that we sure as heck can make a dent in it. 

Our current partner, Aiden.

Our current partner, Aiden.

So if you want to help a brother out and help him reach his goal of feeling comfortable and SAFE in his own body, please head on over to our shop and grab a shirt. We have upped our donation percentage from our usual 15% to 20% for this crash fundraiser so that we can send as much money Aiden's way as possible. 

We have never met a more kind and giving person, and we aren't just saying that. Aiden is constantly smiling and he lights up when he talks about the work he gets to do within his intersecting communities. 

Start 2016 off right and give back: #SupportAiden! 

We Love Wednesday: Butchbaby & Co.

On Wednesdays we want to bring y'all's attention to things that we love, whether that be other small businesses, queer projects, the latest movie we've seen and reviewed, or whatever we feel like you guys would like to hear/should know about. For our second "We Love" we want to talk about a small queer business that you might have seen written about on places like Huffington Post in the past year. 

Butchbaby & Co. is a self-described "alternity" brand -- offering maternity clothes for people with more masculine appearances who still want to experience carrying a child. 

Courtesy of Vanessa Newman

Courtesy of Vanessa Newman

We love the initiative they've taken to fill a niche needing something within the community that was often overlooked, and we LOVE the creativity they've put into their brand. (C'mon, a "butchbaby shower" as a fundraiser, how clever is that??)

We love to shine the spotlight on other business, especially queer-run businesses -- and even more so this a business run by queer women. 

Courtesy of Vanessa Newman

Courtesy of Vanessa Newman

We have heard horror stories of butch friends traumatized by their experiences during pregnancy, not feeling at ease in their bodies, and just feeling out of their element. Maybe if they had had something like Butchbaby to wear during their nine months they could have found a little solace. 

Butchbaby & Co.

Butchbaby & Co.

Personally this hits home for our duo because Courtney as a more masculine-of-center lesbian has always joked "How could I ever be pregnant? What am I supposed to wear for 9 months -- only sweatpants??!" Maternity wear in general is targeted towards a certain demographic (a demographic which does not typically include more masculine or genderqueer people) and there is definitely a need for a brand like this one. Not only does Butchbaby plan to provide an option for the less femme pregnant people of the world, but they allow for these people to remain style conscious and not have to sacrifice their daily swag just because of the tiny human growing inside of them. Now pregnancy doesn't have to mean 9 months of bad outfit days and overalls -- there's hope!

Butchbaby & Co.

Butchbaby & Co.

They are looking to launch their store in the coming months, so keep an eye out on their site at http://butchbabyco.tumblr.com/ !

Trending Tuesday: Jaden Smith, and other Style Mavericks

A maverick is a person who shows independence of thought and action, especially by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group to which he or she "belongs." What's so important about these sorts of people is that they're trailblazers and they set the stage for others to follow. Seeing someone in the spotlight wearing something they're not expecting to in mainstream media will only help lead to normalize this behavior and break down barriers in our sometimes rigidly gendered world. 

Jaden Smith, far right, with Sarah Brannon, Rianne Van Rompaey and Jean Campbell in Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 campaign. Photograph: Bruce Weber/Luis Vuitton


Jaden Smith, far right, with Sarah Brannon, Rianne Van Rompaey and Jean Campbell in Louis Vuitton’s spring/summer 2016 campaign. Photograph: Bruce Weber/Luis Vuitton

You may have seen the latest news surrounding Jaden Smith and the SS16 Louis Vuitton Women's Wear Campaign. Jaden has always been one to say "fuck you" to society's expectations especially surrounding fashion -- the internet almost broke when he rocked a dress to prom last year, and let's not even talk about his batman costume that he wore to Kim Kardashian's wedding.

Jaden clearly is paving his own path when it comes to style and expressing himself and Louis Vuitton has taken notice. Gendered clothing along with gender roles are social constructs and it seems that recently more and more people are wanting to defy these limitations and expectations. Jaden isn't the first to break the boundaries surrounding the binary or even the first to model for "the other team." 

Erika Linder has made a living as an androgynous model -- in different campaigns modeling exclusively mens or womenswear depending. 

  Erika Linder for Crocker by JC Jeans Company

 
Erika Linder for Crocker by JC Jeans Company

Other examples include Elliott Sailors who reinvented herself after a successful supermodel career and reentered the game as a "male model." 

photo cred: Mark Elzey makeup/grooming: Alicia Marie Campbell

photo cred: Mark Elzey
makeup/grooming: Alicia Marie Campbell

There's a growing internet/social media culture of up-and-coming models, many of which live and work within this grey area between "masculine and feminine." 

photo by Ari Fitz

photo by Ari Fitz

Photo by Cory Wade

Photo by Cory Wade

Last but not least there is the incomparable Andreja Pejic, formerly an androgynous model who has now medically transitioned, making her one of the first big name transgender models in high fashion. 

Photo: Tamara Beckwith

Photo: Tamara Beckwith

There are many many more examples than the ones listed in this very brief post, and you can see this for yourself when you scan any magazine rack nowadays. You'll see women in suits and men femming it up in ways that we rarely saw just a few years ago. Gender is becoming something to play around with rather than simply adhere to.