Where to Shop for Androgynous Clothes and Accessories

Up until very recently, those wishing to wear androgynous clothes and accessories were relegated to shopping in the menswear department. This was never an ideal solution. After all, men's clothing is constructed for the male shape, which is generally free of curves—meaning it tends to pull and gap in a few key spots on women. Likewise, women's suiting is typically geared to look too feminine for a woman who wants to dress gender-neutral, and the fitted constructions and low cuts—meant to emphasize the female figure—simply don't fit a man comfortably. Striking that balance between clothes that feel slightly masculine-of-center (or altogether genderless) and clothes that actually fit your body and feel great has been quite a challenge.

Fortunately, though, that's changing fast, and it's easier than ever to find androgynous clothes and accessories. Clothing lines aimed at women who love to dress like tomboys, men who prefer neutral looks, and people of all gender identities seeking to explore mall-bought alternatives are popping up everywhere, especially online. Here's a list of some of the best established and up-and-coming lines of clothing that do androgyny superbly.

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Wildfang
https://www.facebook.com/wearewildfang

This women-owned and -run company bills itself as not a brand, but as "a band of modern-day female Robin Hoods raiding men's closets ... [liberating] menswear one bowtie at a time." Staffed by "wild feminists," the cheeky retailer stocks everything from bomber jackets and blazers to boots, shoes, suspenders, sweats, and artsy graphic tees. Wildfang is committed to giving back: Throughout 2018, 10 percent of profits from the Wild Feminist collection go to a different charity every month. Celebrity fans include  Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, and Janelle Monáe. More »

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Haute Butch
https://www.facebook.com/ButchByDesign

Suiting is one of the hardest categories to fit, but Haute Butch has it covered from head to toe with suit jackets, pants, vests, tie clips, cufflinks, suspenders, shoes, and more. Rounding out their offerings are more casual options such as sportswear, hoodies, pullovers, tanks, and tons of accessories. The unique and affordable outerwear options, although a bit limited, are especially fabulous—and don't miss the Tomboy Style & Fit Advice page for inspiration. The company's mission statement says it all: "[We offer] a one-stop shop for butch + tomboy women to shop their unique style. Designed by and for butches, studs, and tomboys." More »

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Androgyny brand shirt
Androgyny.com

Androgyny aims to offer women a broad variety of apparel with "the clean lines and sharp aesthetic" traditionally reserved for menswear. In a nutshell, it's menswear reimagined to fit the female form. Thoughtful design details—such as extra buttons in dress shirts to prevent "boob-button nightmares"—focus on practical comfort. Helpful size charts make ordering easy—but if the fit isn't what you expect, just send the item back. Androgyny covers shipping costs both ways, from orders to returns. Tip: If you see something you like, don't wait to order it. The clothes are handcrafted in a San Francisco facility in small batches, so they tend to sell out quickly.  More »

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Veer NYC
https://www.facebook.com/veernyc

Veer describes itself as a "retailer of contemporary fashion for women seeking clothing that blurs the lines of modern masculine and feminine style." Designs tend to be either sporty or avant-garde takes rather than interpretations of traditional menswear and suiting designed to fit women. You'll find drop-crotch trousers and hoodies alongside button-fronts and baseball jackets. Everything is made in the U.S., but it's all "seasonless as a salute to the modern global citizen." More »

Sharpe Suiting
http://www.sharpesuiting.com/

As its name implies, Sharpe Suiting focuses on tuxedos, suits, shirts, vests, and trousers. Although the company eventually will offer ready-to-wear items, everything is made to order; if you want to purchase from Sharpe, you must schedule a consultation at their Los Angeles headquarters. Fans say it's worth the trip, though: You select fabrics, design details, style, and fit when purchasing a bespoke Sharpe suit. The queer-owned company is community-minded and charity-focused. As of 2018, the brand has donated more than 70 suits to LGBTQ youth centers, non-profits, educational institutions, and queer prom students across the U.S. More »

VEEA
http://androgynousfashion.com/

VEEA arose from frustration; its founders simply couldn't find clothing in the gender-neutral styles they liked that actually fit the female body. Among their solutions: "No darts for shaping curves and bust, no cleavage, no weird tapering and no fake pockets."

Although VEEA stocks a few sweaters and jackets, shirts are the main focus. They're designed for a menswear-ish fit, but many include eye-catching design details such as contrasting pockets and side panels in your choice of tailored or loose fit. More »

Another brand on the way ...

One to keep watch for? Butch Baby, a maternity/alternity clothing line for pregnant masculine, transgender, and queer individuals. They're hoping to launch in late 2015, so stay tuned! Another specialty line is Fourteen, which focuses exclusively on formalwear.