androgyny (noun) an·​drog·​y·​ny \ an-ˈdrä-jə-nē \ : the quality or state of being neither specifically feminine or masculine : the combination of feminine and masculine characteristics

“I experimented with fashion as it being more like art, allowing what I wore to express what I was feeling on the inside. Androgyny, rock culture, and grunge – they definitely had an effect on the things that made me feel cool and comfortable.”

Ruby Rose, model, actress and musician

Photo Credit: Swarovski

For me, rock and roll is all about bending the norm, challenging authority and pushing against societal customs. I think about artists waving their middle finger in the air and shredding guitar as loud as possible. I also think of gender bending as another example of rebellious self expression. It’s musicians like Bowie, The New York Dolls, and Grace Jones that used androgynous style as a figurative middle finger. This post celebrates two women who rock out in ambiguity, with jackets and ties, tight jeans and dark makeup, leather and bows: Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde.

Joan Jett and Chrissie Hynde, at the Whiskey, 1981
Photo by Julian Wasser

For a Jett and Hynde inspired ensemble, it’s easy to find the below items by raiding a dude’s wardrobe. Or you can thrift, like me! Elements to use:

  • Blazers and jackets
  • Vests
  • Neck ties
  • Scarves
  • Punk rock t-shirts
  • Chain jewelry
  • Leather
  • Boots
  • Bows and hair product (for that messy look)
  • Eyeliner, and tons of it

Mix and match is the name of the game. Here’s how I applied these articles and accessories:

Photos by Leigh Kessel
by David Godlis
Photos by Leigh Kessel
Getty Images

I had a blast getting dolled up like a boy. It feels good to throw on a little men’s wear to really stick it to the man. Pun intended. I hope you’ll try out different gender bending ways of dressing too, so you can feel like a true rock star! For more ideas, please visit my new Trends page and my Instagram.

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