Designed For a Man… But Worn By a Woman

My good friend and compatriot Fabrisse pointed out an interesting article in the Washington Post to me the other day that got me thinking. It discusses the plight of women who want to marry in nice formalwear, but dress in men’s clothing. One woman featured in the article refers to herself as ‘the Ellen’ in the relationship.

These women don’t need or want big white strapless dresses, but they also don’t want kicky white minis or ladylike pantsuits. They want tuxes. They want quality suits.

Most of these woman already shop in menswear stores and departments. the problem was that most of them felt cut off from a community. They found their own solutions in whatever way they could, but without much support.

This situation frustrated Susan Hess so much that she created a site called DapperQ to help other menswear-wearing women meet (at least in the virtual world) to discuss experiences, trade tips, rate retailers, and generally create that community.

If you’re a woman looking to wear a more masculine look for your wedding (or in everyday life), this could be a great resource for you.

After all, not every girl dreams of a big white dress for her wedding. Some girls dream of marrying a girl in a big white dress.
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6 Responses to “Designed For a Man… But Worn By a Woman”

  1. enygma says:

    I remember reading an article about women who dress in more masculine types of clothing and not all of them are lesbians. Diane Keaton also frequently wears suits and tuxes on the red carpet.

  2. La Petite Acadienne says:

    Hey, Marlene Dietrich rocked men’s-style suits and tuxes decades ago. It’s kind of sad that it’s STILL so hard to find them tailored for a woman’s shape.

  3. Twistie says:

    Not to mention Georges Sand.

  4. Even if there aren’t a ton of options re: tailored suits and tuxes, it’s at least much more socially acceptable for a woman to appropriate what has been traditionally menswear than it is for a man to do the opposite! Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if everyone just wore what they wanted to AND had plenty of options?

  5. Twistie says:

    Amen, my friend. Amen.