I shaved my head for the first time right before starting beauty school. I’d gotten a terrible haircut and decided it was better to start over. I’d had pixie cuts before, but bald was something else. I felt naked. At first I was sure I looked like a man. I had a love hate relationship with my bold new look, it made me feel powerful, but not pretty. Years later I shaved my head again, and then again. Each time I experienced a strange mix of empowerment and vulnerability. A shaved head can be a stand against cultural beauty ideals or a way of flaunting natural beauty for women who are blessed with conventional prettiness. I personally love androgyny, but I also understand that it doesn’t work for everyone. What do you think about buzz cuts on women? Click the notes to see more examples. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →
Androgyny tends to be a love/hate trend, but it’s also a key component to contemporary fashion. Blending touches of menswear into feminine styles gives them an edge and prevents fussiness. A modified sideburn is the perfect example, it gives a touch of toughness to styles ranging from pixie to ballerina bun. It’s like pairing a flowered dress with a leather jacket. Learn how to make this look work for you in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
Mermaid hair and pixie cuts, nude looks and dramatic contouring, flouncy skirts and boxy jackets –– fashion trends are drifting to the extreme ends of the scale. With ultra-feminine dresses and dapper menswear interspersing with men in skirts and women in square striped suits, the spring runways exemplify this dichotomy. Women in men’s fashions has been happening since prohibition, but, until recently, the reverse only happened in the dark.
Pompadours and Hollywood waves showcase traditional gender roles; androgyny expresses the opposite sensibility. These two short cuts show the crossover between the woman and the man: The women’s shape has a blunt outline, sharp hairline, and carved sideburn; the men’s cut exhibits piecey ends, a brow skimming bang, and wispy edges.
Although each of these cuts features styling details traditionally applied to the opposite sex, the dominant shape – round for women, square for men – keeps them balanced. To get a feeling of equilibrium with a new androgynous look, click style notes. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →