What is Androgyny? Androgyny in India is nothing new, it dates back to the time of the Mahabharata when Shikhandi, daughter of Drupada, the king of Panchala, started wearing dhotis. She used this typical men’s attire to present herself as a man. It was androgyny! Later, the begums of Hyderabad, too, draped themselves in dhotis and made it a staple costume for women as well. However, androgyny was a part of rebelling against the strict gender norms of the society. Women started choosing comfort and soon in the 1990s the androgynous wave evolved to become genderless.
Photograph: (Left to right) Model wearing Rajesh Pratap; Sneha Arora; and Giorgio Armani
Seen at: As this trend kept seeping in, it grew and now there are no boundaries. Designers such as Arjun Saluja and Ruchika Sachdeva have given a lot of focus to this trend since the last few seasons. This season we found designers like Sneha Arora, Rajesh Pratap, Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford taking it forward. Actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kalki Koechlin and Sonam Kapoor have flaunted many such looks lately.
Photograph: (Left to right) Kareena Kapoor Khan; Parineeti Chopra; and Sonam Kapoor
How to wear: Pants suits are a good start. Pick a single-tone pant suit and wear it with a basic tee. If you want to experiment further, opt for a button-down shirt with a bow tie. You can also go for some fashion accessories like suspenders and hats.
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