Friday, February 8, 2013

Be A Man


Oh Boy! I'm never one to back down from a challenge. The lovely Ally of Shybiker challenged fashion bloggers to switch it up, instead of rockin' our lady styles to raid our male-people's closets and try dressing in masculine form. Of course, I already steal from the DH's closet, especially when in need of something oversized or comfortable. He's just enough bigger than me that I can steal his clothes, but still wear most of them.

So I decided to rock the boy style. Muted colors, a hat, tough boots, buttons done all the way up. The way the DH used to dress before I got hold of his closet and started adding color, pattern, texture, and by God, FIT!!! Everything except the shoes belongs to the DH.

My biggest thing is how much warmer all men's clothing is. Fabrics are better, sturdy. And they are very very comfortable. No pulling or tugging anything into place. I've done the boy's clothes thing a lot. A very very good friend of mine with a biologically female body identifies as male (transgender). I was friends with him before he transitioned, and a few times dressed up in male clothes as a way of helping him feel more comfortable being in public as a male.

As Ally speaks about in her post, people do react differently to you when they identify you as a different gender. For people wanting this to happen, it's referred to as "passing". My slim stature and fairly neutral face make passing a fairly easy achievement for me. A simple darkening of my eyebrows, removing my feminine glasses and tucking the longer bits of hair away, and I could pass for a 13 year old boy.


What do you think of Spencer McKenzie? Would you watch his fashion blog? Or I suppose food blog because LOOK AT MAH GRILL!

Or should I just stick to being Megan Mae?


Scarf - thrifted
Skirt - Gap, thrifted
Tee - Bamboo traders, thrifted
Tights - Asos
Boots - Trippen

22 comments:

  1. You're a pretty good lookin fella if I do say so myself! I dig those pants!

    I think it's fun to try something different like this! I think I'd go for a blazer and fedora myself. I'm thinking of trying something this weekend anyway for the challenge, we're going to have yuck weather on Sunday, why not play dress up? :)

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  2. I totally want to do this challenge, although the shorter-than-me-and-rather-burly DH's clothes won't work. I've got a few men's things in my wardrobe, and I'll see what I can put together. You look great, as both genders you're presenting in this post. :)

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  3. You look great as a guy, too! The eyebrows make a big difference, don't they? I'd love to try a men's tuxedo for dress-up, but I'm small like you and it's hard to get the right fit.

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  4. Love both looks!!!! I can't stuff my big butt in my hubbys stuff!

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  5. Yes!! You nailed it!! And you're right about the fabric used in men's clothing.

    Thank you for participating. I really, really appreciate your courage.

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    1. I just linked to your post on my blog. Another young blogger (Jess) also participated. Do you know her? She also lives in Tennessee. Jess grew up in South Carolina but now lives in Murfreesboro, TN and is studying at school. She seems to be about your age.

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  6. What an interesting challenge, and I really should read Ally's blog. You look pretty much like a guy. The barbeque is a nice touch!

    One year at Halloween I dressed as a guy - men's blazer, plain jeans, and I darkened my eyebrows and drew on a mustache. I had short hair anyway, and I looked like a slightly different version of my brother. But I felt really odd going out to bars (I was still single) dressed as a man. I felt like I couldn't talk to guys, let alone flirt.I might feel differently now that I'm married, but then I hated to give up a chance to meet men!

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  7. I much prefer Megan Mae.:) But you could definitely pass for a guy pretty easily. I dressed fairly masculine in high school: strangers, Henley, flannel and boots, but I didn't look like a guy. I had long hair and always wore make-up. I find men's clothing to be boring,but then my hubby wears tees and jeans all the time. My son will have a little more style than that. (At least until he chooses his own clothes.)

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  8. There is a picture of me with a toque (beanie) on, and one with my dad wearing one, where we're both about the same age. We look identical. Amazing how a single article clothing changes things!

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  9. Ormagawrsh, you look like your twin brother, Michael Maxmilian, or Mikey Max to his friends. I can't raid AMP's closet, 'cause he's 6'3" and 280 pounds.

    You look so pretty as a girl. Please stay Megan Mae, pretty please.

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  10. You make a cute teenage boy! But it's more fun to dress as a girl... even if boy clothes are better-quality.

    I've been thinking I would like some button-flower hair ties... is that something you would be willing to make?

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  11. OK, so you could pass for a young boy, but I prefer you as Megan! You might not be grillin' but your wardrobe certainly is HOT!

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  12. I'm over from Shybiker and love this challenge:). You look fabulous in your fella's gear, those jeans look awesome on you and I adore that long-sleeve top. I'm always amazed (and dismayed) at how men's clothing seems to be of far higher quality in nearly every price range - so annoying! xo

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  13. Beary is mystified by how I find all these blogs I like, but this might be one for him - Spencer Mac looks fun and capable, just like someone else I know - bet the BBQ features are delish! As Megan Mae, your skirt-tights-boots combo is amazing. Your thoughts and experiences are fascinating, and I LOVE Ally's challenge! I hate that it might be March before I get to take any more outfit photos, but I'm so intrigued.

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  14. You are so cute. I really want to give Ally's challenge a go, but if I'm going to do it, I want to do it right. ;-) We'll see.

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    1. NOT THAT YOU DIDN'T! OH GOD THAT COMMENT SOUNDED BAD! I mean I want to impersonate a rock star, so it's going to take some planning. I AM SO SORRY

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  15. Men's clothes can be really warm as comfortable. You look super stylish as yourself and as Spencer McKenzie.

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  16. I need to check out this challenge. Would love to participate, but will have to see if I have time to pull it together. You look amazing!

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  17. Gosh you are right about the make and fabric of men's clothes. Whenever I worked at the stables I wore men's jackets and flannels, because women's clothing just isn't warm/durable.

    You look so amazing though and I loved reading what you had to say =]. I'm glad you had fun doing it and you totally pass as a boy! haha

    Just fabulous =]

    Oh and thanks for the comment on my other posts. I'm going to try to avoid extra time with that teacher as much as possible haha even if I have to get gruff and put on man clothes ;)

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  18. Found you through Shy Biker. Kudos!!! Job well done! :)

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