Feminine Clothing for Men: A Close Look At 18 Seductive Styles
When it comes to fashion, modern day men are trying new styles of clothing--especially styles that sport some feminine touches, and in some cases overtly feminine. The metrosexual is turning into something else. However, this is not the first time in history this has happened.
Centuries ago men donned a number of styles and garments with extravagance, flare, and femininity. Then, in the 1800s, Beau Brummel introduced the 3-piece suite leading to a more subdued look for men--this was the beginning of the division between men and women's modern day fashion.
Now, two hundred years later, we are witnessing the metamorphosis of the metrosexual into something more revealing and seductive--men who will "flirt openly with feminine styles and fashion," according to an article by scandanavianfashion.net titled Feminine Styles For Men Gain Ground.
From v-necks to skinny jeans, feminine clothes for men are now mass market, however the industry still has much more potential. The designer fashions today are trending more androgynous, playful, form-fitting, while taking every liberty to reveal the beauty of male physique.
Examples of Effeminate Clothing Styles for Men
Let's review some examples of men's clothing and accessories that flirt with the effeminate.
The v-neck style is quite common in women's dress tops. V-necks for men have been around for a long time, but haven't been as popular until recently.
The v-neck is more feminine because it opens up the face by exposing the chest at an angle--it's a very inviting look that makes you approachable.
American Apparel is probably the leading retailer for v-necks. They have a full assortment of colors and sizes, and I own most of them. If you take a pair of your nicest denim, pair it with a v-neck, and then top it off with a blazer and some hot shoes, you've got a stunning look.
If you've got the money, I'd also recommend checking out some of the major online retailers like Neiman Marcus or Saks--most carry designer v-necks, and the fabrics, cuts, and style are superb.
However, buyer beware, don't wear undergarment v-necks (e.g. Fruit of the Loom & Hanes) in public--it doesn't look good. You need to buy v-necks that were made to be worn as a regular shirt.
Slim Fit Shirts
Finding a slim fit shirt used to be almost impossible but now a number of clothing retailers are producing them.
Slim fit shirts bring out a feminine quality because they are tapered around the waist to create a contoured look--also quite common in most shirts worn by women today.
Express for Men started out as the leading retailer for men's slim fit shirts several years ago. They have three different slim fit styles: modern fit (snug), fitted stretch (more snug), and extra fitted (snuggest).
However, the shirts made by Express are not my favorites--the cotton is stiff and not very soft. Saks Off 5th is a great place to purchase men's slim fit shirts. The cuts are great and the fabrics are amazing. And, believe it or not, the price is about the same you would pay at Express.
Nothing says larger than life than a shawl collar.
A shawl collar channels the effeminate as it shrouds the neck with a grandness and boldness that draws attention to the face. Shawl collars are quite common in women's clothing, especially dress clothing.
I find that American designers aren't too grand with their shawl collars, however European/Asian designers will definitely take more liberties with their designs. In fact, in Asia, the collars on a variety of garment types can be everything from exotic to regal.
Shawl collars tend to be very seasonal in men's clothing--you tend to only see them in winter collections, whereas with women's clothing you see them all year round.
If you love shawl collar jackets, cardigans, and hoodies, then you'll want to check out YesStyle, an importer of Asian fashions, as they probably have the best selection of shawl collar garments for men.
Faux Fur Lined Jacket
Similar to the shawl collar, a faux-fur lined jacket has a grandness and opulence to it that will certainly put you in touch with your feminine side.
In the US, these can be somewhat difficult to find. There are definitely jackets with fur or faux-fur collars, but they aren't feminine. I tend to find that in the US there will only be a handful of fur lined collar jackets that are truly spectacular. In Asia though, this style of jacket is everywhere.
YesStyle is another great resource for these types of jackets. You may also want to check with some of the larger luxury retailers like Neiman's, Saks, and Bluefly.
Finding a good fitted men's pant, especially dress/casual pants is still fairly difficult. However, one designer sticks out above the rest: Bonobos.
Bonobos is doing two things with their fashion that I love (and it's very feminine). First, their pants are specially cut on the backside to flatter the curve of your butt--no more diaper butt. Women don't always have to be the ones with an attractive butt anymore.
They also produce a bootcut or flared leg in their dress pants--also very rare to see, but quite common among women's clothing.
For a pear shaped man, I think a bootcut pant works well as it helps to even out the pear a little. Bonobos also carries tapered leg pants as well.
Even if you're a guy with no butt, your butt will look good in pants from Bonobos.
One of the rarest and most feminine of men's fashion are leggings. Leggings were worn by both men and women during the Renaissance period, and now they're back.
You will see garments that are leggings-ish, like some jogging pants that men wear, but I don't really consider those leggings.
Today when you see a man wearing leggings, I always find it to be quite a surprise, and more so than seeing a man in a skirt; and I say that because if you don't have the right top on, they give the general public a good outline of your anatomy.
The leggings featured to the right are made from lamb leather and will set you back $2,800.
Harem pants originated in India and are a cross between a skirt and a skinny jean.
A harem pant is feminine because it would normally be worn by a belly dancer; the dancer would also wear a short skirt that covers the top of the harem pant.
These are starting to come into style in the US, but they've been around much longer in other parts of the world like Asia. If you like harem pants, you will want to check out YesStyle.
H&M unveiled its skirts for men in 2010. In the same vein, kilts have been popular among some men as well. In the US, when you do see a man wearing a skirt, it's typically the Utilikilt (which I wouldn't call fashionable).
The H&M brand definitely has its share of feminine clothing for men, so it's no surprise they have introduced a skirt (along with harem pants as well).
I love feminine clothing for men, but skirts are something I can't get into. Men don't typically have sexy legs; they have hairy legs, and that's not always a hot look to be sporting--but that's just my opinion.
Skinny jeans are another budding feminine style in men's fashion. This style of jean is generally worn by guys who can pull off this look, and that's usually skinny guys.
Now some may say that skinny guys in skinny jeans isn't a very attractive look, but I think it actually works well for skinny men. Skinny jeans can be very flattering of the male body and physique--allows people to see that you have a shape, even if you're not that big.
Wearing skinny jeans also requires no small amount of courage and confidence--and this says something about a guy I think.
If you're looking for skinny jeans, I'd recommend 7 for All Man Kind--hands down, they make the best jeans for men. They'll set you back $100+, but well worth the price.
Hip Hugging Denim
High waisted jeans are no more.
Hip hugging jeans look great on women, and now all the denim designers have realized hip hugging jeans look great on men too. Well, most of the designer's anyway--Levi's are getting better, but still not quite there yet.
Just like with skinny jeans, hip hugging jeans accentuate the male physique a little better--it's definitely a more inviting look. I also think they make your butt look better.
Again, if you're looking for hip hugging jeans, then you definitely want to check out 7 For All Mankind--they have a wide assortment of great fitting denim.
Over the years, most designers have kept men's shorts sitting right at the knee or just above the knee, but never way above the knee. However, women have had short, classy shorts for years, and it looks like times are starting to change.
In recent years, we've seen a surge of men's short shorts come into the market--and guess what, for guys who've got the legs for it, they look good in them.
However, if you've got really hairy legs or a lot of fat on your legs, I don't think this is the best look for you. The guy on the right here has probably had his legs waxed (and that's okay too, smooth skin feels and looks great).
Thin belts are definitely a feminine style and quite common among women's executive fashion.
Typically, the average belt for a man is about 2" to 2.5" in width. The thin belt shown here is about 1" in width. I own a couple thin belts--they're a great way to add a dainty-like quality to your ensemble.
However, these too are also fairly difficult to find. You can easily find them from many high-end retailers. However, if you want something more affordable you can usually get them custom-made from a leather belt maker for much less.
Whimsical ties are fun, playful, and inviting. You may be asking what is a whimsical tie? Whimsical ties are designer ties that are colorful that usually feature some sort of playful pattern that involves animals or objects.
The leading designer for whimsical ties is Hermes. Hermes silk twill ties are not only playful, but they are also timeless. They are inviting and charming, and really open up a man's business attire and the persona he projects in the workplace.
Traditional and conservative business attire, while classy, can be a bit too reserved, pretentious, and masculine. An Hermes tie will visually disarm the aggressive, masculine ego of a man, into something that is a bit more seductive and approachable.
An ascott tie you rarely see any more, but they are a great way to add a little color and dress to your neck.
Unlike a traditional tie that is generally thin and tied around your neck, an ascott tie is much wider, like a scarf, and has to be folded, tied, and tucked under your shirt.
These ties were at one time very masculine, however, men stopped wearing them, and generally they are seen today on more effeminately styled men.
Similar to the ascott tie, the neckerchief is a scarf that you can fold and tie around your neck into a small knot.
Women have always worn these, and men have at different times during history, and they've become quite popular in recent years--I'm seeing men all over the place sporting one. There are a number of retailers selling these scarves.
However, I'm also finding that a lot of guys seem to be wearing one for the sake of wearing one without really trying to coordinate the look with their outfit--sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't. I like my neckwear to have relevance with the overall look I'm wearing.
Nothing can dress up a neck and your face like a scarf--especially one that is fully embellished.
Men have worn scarfs throughout history off and on, and you've seen women mostly wear them until today. Pay a visit to any big city, and you'll see quite a number of men wearing them from the US to Europe and Asia.
Scarfs for men are one of the easiest, feminine garments to find as almost all men's clothing retailers are carrying them.
Man Bag / Murse / Tote Bag
A designer tote bag is another great accessory that will add a feminine quality to your sense of style. Today you'll find men sporting stylish duffel bags, tote bags, and all sorts of other man bags.
We typically only see women carrying bags, but in recent years these have become all the rage among men. In fact, it's rare to see a designer men's runway collection without boys carrying totes.
However, to be clear, the most stylish of these bags are generally found from top designers, so be prepared to sink some cash into one. Some of the value priced retailers have them, but they aren't always that easy to find.
Sandals open up your feet by exposing more skin--yet another feminine characteristic of this footwear style.
Some of the new, men's sandal styles are very thin and chic, and like the sandal featured to the right, sometimes Roman.
Looking Pretty & Loving It
As you can see there is no shortage of feminine inspired clothes for men. The most exiting part is that the market is still relatively new, so I think we've still got more new styles coming from the fashion industry.
If you are anxious to find more feminine clothing for men I would suggest that you check out men's fashion in Asia--it's very effeminate and avant-garde.
In closing, the last featured picture is from the Spring 2011 collection of Louis Vuitton, and it's truly emblematic of how effeminate clothes have become for men--the lambskin anorak with the large ruffle collar, the short shorts, a see through sweater, a man bag, a bracelet, and open sandals--it doesn't get any more lady like than that guys.
Where To Find Effeminate Style Clothes for Men?
Below is a list of all the retailers who carry some feminine-inspired clothes for men:
- 7 For All Mankind
- 21 Men
- American Apparel
- Hot Topic
- Neiman Marcus
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- The Urban Apparel
- Top Man
- Urban Outfitters
- YesStyle (Importer of Asian Fashion)
If you find feminine-inspired fashions for men fascinating, then you should also check out my article on the Top 32 Brands of Men's Jewelry--it's visually stunning.
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Last updated on February 17, 2014
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