How Menswear For Women Is Shaping The Future Of Fashion

How Menswear For Women Is Shaping The Future Of Fashion

"Women In Menswear" trend is further breaking norms and pushing towards a more gender-neutral outlook.
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Recently, being an avid shopper, I stumbled across a section of the Urban Outfitters website called "The Menswear Edit." After looking through their lookbook, I was inspired to see how this “Women in Menswear” trend was affecting society.

I have personally never been one for skirts or dresses. I would much rather wear a nice pair of pants and a button-down and blazer to look formal. There really is something about being a female and wearing a well put-together pair of trousers and a button-down and blazer that makes you feel powerful and like your opinion is valuable.

I feel that this attire presents you as more respectable to your coworkers, and it also shows that just because you’re a girl, it doesn’t mean that you have to wear a skirt. You can wear what men wear to work and make it look just as reputable.

What makes this trend even better is that this idea of “Women in Menswear” doesn’t have to apply to dressing for work. Designers have shaped “menswear for females” to fit to any occasion.

I found an insightful article from the New York Times, "Women Who Prefer Men's Wear," that interviewed two female fashion bloggers who blog about menswear for women and prefer to wear it, too.

They discuss the difficulties and oppositions that they face in their positions, but also mention that more than half of their followers on Instagram are men looking for advice. Ms. Geffard comments that “Women have always been associated with fashion and taste and the fact that we’re women in that space, I think men feel that they can trust us.”

Ms. Cooper thankfully adds that “We’re in an era when men and women wear anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight. For us, it’s really about showing young women that they can wear whatever they want.”

For a long time, I honestly had thought that women that didn’t wear dresses to work and opted for a pantsuit looked less feminine and could even come off as gay. I hate how society had conformed my thoughts into that realm, but as I got older I realized that there is just something about wearing a suit that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything, and that every girl should feel empowered to ditch the skirts and dresses if they choose because they have every right to rock a suit that a man does.

While Urban Outfitters may be a controversial company, the pictures below significantly showcase the creativity in design and versatility of the “Women In Menswear” trend.

When it comes to more formal, work-appropriate wear, designers have taken liberties in reshaping what a typical blazer looks like by making it more flow-y and oversized or cinching it in the waste, and for trousers and pants, to change it up, designers have included higher wastes, wider legs, or tapered ankles.

While I talked about ditching the dresses, I do however like how these two dresses below have taken elements of a typical “men’s” shirt and transformed them into something more feminine while still keeping that touch of formal masculinity.

Lastly, on a more casual note, the old, shapeless blazer can easily be turned into a cute and casual addition to an outfit, the material for a button-down shirt can be redesigned into a casual two-piece outfit, and there’s even creativity for what to do with and how to reconfigure the good ole vest.


Fashion is always evolving, and to see a trend that can make females feel more powerful, confident, and equal without being seen as “manly” leads me to believe that we will as a society travel towards a less gender-separated fashion world some day.

Cover Image Credit: Vogue Magazine

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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6 Orgs You Can Donate Your Hair To After Your Next Hair Cut

Donate your hair to make a difference.

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I have recently been doing a lot of research on hair donation leading up to my next haircut. Donating my hair is something I have always wanted to do, but when I was talking to a lot of my friends no one seemed to know a whole lot about it. It seems that most people know you can donate your hair but simply choose not to because it seems inconvenient to find somewhere willing to accept it. For that reason, I wanted to share some of the information I've found.

1. The Clean Wave Program

When most people hear hair donation, the first thing that comes to mind is wigs. The Clean Wave program is a little different from typical hair donation. Instead of your hair being turned into a wig for someone suffering from hair loss, the collected hair gets turned into mats and other items used in oil spills. Your hair naturally picks up oil, so the hair can easily be used to filter water after oil disasters.

Where to send your hair: Instead of providing an address, the Clean Wave program asks that you sign up to donate at ExcessAccess.org. This allows them to better control the sheer amount of donations they receive while also allowing them to keep your name in a database in case of future oil disasters.

Requirements: At the moment they are asking for ponytails that are 3 inches or longer, but this may change as the needs change. The Clean Wave program has one of the shortest length requirements I have found and is great if you aren't looking to drastically change your looks.

2. 360 Hair

360 Hair is a company devoted to creating wigs for cancer patients 19 and under. It is located in British Columbia and is affiliated with the Canadian Cancer Society. One thing that is unique about the company is that they allow the girls to pick their own desired length, color and texture when it comes time to pick out their wigs.

Where to send your hair:

360 Hair (Hair Donations)
5952 200th St
Langley B.C V3A 1N3

Requirements: Hair 360 asks that hair is clean and dry, bundled into a ponytail or braid secured at both ends, and hair must be a minimum of 8 inches of length.

3. Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline is another company that provides wigs to children with cancer. Chai Lifeline gifts wigs because they feel that it helps improve the children's self-esteem. While they do the same thing a lot of other hair donation places do, they ask for longer lengths of hair, so they are a good choice if you recently just cut off a large portion of your hair.

Where to send your hair:

Chai Lifeline
Attention: Hair Donations
151 West 30th Street, Floor 3
New York, NY 10001



Requirements: Asks that hair is clean and dry, bundled into a ponytail or braid secured at both ends, placed in a ziplock bag and then an outer envelope, and hair must be a minimum of 14 inches of length.

4. Wigs For Kids

Wigs For Kids provides wigs to children in need at no cost to the recipient. The company ensures that no hair goes unused, and even shorter lengths get turned into things like layers and bangs. Wigs For Kids states that they do not sell any of the hair collected through their donation program. Wigs For Kids also allows you to write a letter to the recipient of your hair if that is something that you are interested in doing.

Where to send your hair:

Wigs for Kids — Hair Donations
24231 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, Ohio 44145

Requirements: Wigs For Kids has stricter guidelines that need to be followed than most other hair donation companies, but their website gives a clear list of directions. They ask that you follow the cutting procedure to ensure the maximum amount of hair is able to be donated. They also ask that hair be at least 12 inches in length.

5. Locks of Love 

This is probably one of the most popular hair donation places out there. However, LOL has faced some harsh criticism over the years for their habit of selling hair. While it is true that Locks of Love sells a portion of the hair received, the company claims this is done to help raise funds for the wigs they do donate. You should donate at your own discretion and choose a company you feel meets your hair criteria and values the best.

Where to send your hair: Locks of Love has a downloadable form they ask you to fill out when you donate that includes the address for hair donations.

Requirements: They ask that clean, dry, and 10-inch long hair be placed in ponytails before mailing. Locks of Love also accepts color-treated hair.

6. Pantene Beautiful Lengths 

Pantene Beautiful Lengths is partnered with both the American and Canadian Cancer Societies to provide free wigs to women living with cancer-related hair loss. This donation company is only accepting donations through December 31st of 2018, however, so you need to act fast if you want to donate your hair to them.

Where to send your hair:

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Attn: 192-123
806 SE 18th Ave.
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Requirements: Pantene asks for donations of at least 8 inches. The hair must be clean and dry, secured at both ends of the ponytail and placed in both a ziplock bag and padded envelope.

Whether you are planning to make a big or small change to your hairstyle, consider hair donation as an alternative to help others struggling with their own hair journeys.

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