Sunday, 5 June 2016

Why I Wear Men's Clothing

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Okay, first things first I had no intention of writing this post today. In fact, today's post was actually supposed to be about body shaming, which I will now have to reschedule for another day. I feel so angry passionate about this topic, which is why I must share my thoughts and feelings with you, in the hope that you will either understand, agree or have experienced something similar and it's not just me being an old washerwoman.

I am a feminist. You know that by now, especially if you have read my other two posts about feminism; 50 reasons why I am a feminist and 50 reasons why men should be feminists. Now although this issue doesn't directly relate to feminism,  I do feel like by being a feminist it has lead me to realise and recognise a substantial error within the clothing and fashion industry. Let me explain...
A couple of weeks ago, I went shopping into town. Now, shopping in town on a busy Saturday morning is hard enough for me at the best of times with my anxiety and phobias etc. However, this particular time I was getting increasingly frustrated about something else. The main aim of this shopping trip was to buy some shoes and t-shirts. Shoes- check! T-shirts- not so much!

I already had a lot of plain block colour t-shirts and pretty blouses, so I wasn't really after them. I want to step away from the monochrome wardrobe and inject some colour and fun within my summer outfits. I, therefore, thought it would be a great idea to add some graphic t-shirts into my wardrobe or ones with cute images, logos etc. I especially like the sport style tops with block colours on the sleeves and white/ black everywhere else.  

This is where my problem started. I, of course, went into the normal high street shops, you know the ones, Primark, Newlook, H&M etc.  only to be really disappointed (which is kind of an understatement) I am a woman if you didn't know already- SURPRISE! So I look in the women's section of the shop, nothing unusual. I have always done before and never had a problem.

However, this time, it was brought to my attention that every top had Disney, Despicable me or some naff quote on it. Which is absolutely fine, if you like that sort of thing, but for me, I don't know it just felt strange. That every top somewhere had pink, flowers, dream catchers, unicorns etc. on it. Or if it was a top that was gender neutral aka. from Topshop it's £22 like er no! Why don't shops like Primark, Newlook, H&M etc. sell mass-marketed tops of popular bands, TV shows or franchises for women and men without feeling the need to always add pink on to them or make the cut of them, uninclusive of everyone.

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This leads me on nicely to my next point! WHY IS EVERY TOP IN AT THE MOMENT A CROP TOP? Like seriously, it's 2016, don't shops realise that as soon as summer rolls around not every woman is physically able or willing to get their skin out but they still want tops with cute patterns, that are on trend and fashionable. 

Like yeah sure, I could buy a Lion King top that's pink or a pink top covered in flamingos, but these aren't 'cool' are they. What I wanted is that cacti crop top, you know the one H&M that's really cute, summery, not too girly but what do you insist on doing- making it into a crop top. So millions of other girls/ woman like me across the country can't buy it because they are not comfortable enough wearing one. 

I think that clothing shops, number one need to be more understanding of how they are marketing their clothes and what genders they are selling them to. Just because I am a girl it doesn't mean I want a girly top with butterflies and dreamcatchers or if you put a popular TV show/ band on a top why is pink or in a really odd cut. And when you do get the style. colour right why do you feel the need to put an odd word on it like 'carbs' yes 'carbs' H&m?! Like seriously, well done you have discovered one of the main food groups would you like a medal?

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And number two, clothing shops need to be inclusive of everyone's body shape. I don't just mean making more plus sized clothes but making popular tops/ patterns into lots of different cuts so people who aren't brave enough to sport a crop top this summer, don't melt in the heat wearing jumpers because don't they have cute t-shirts to wear, just like everyone else. 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating disorders, don't you think it's about time clothing giants realise the importance of how they market their clothing and respect the struggle young women and men face up and down the country.

And yes you may think, well find another t-shirt! Find somewhere that does one in full length! But how is that fair? Why should I have to make do with clothes that I don't want or find alternatives out of mass-market, because of an eating disorder that I didn't choose to have?

This is why I now buy men's t-shirts. They do cool graphic prints, that are suitable for the 'trendy' or fashionable young female, who doesn't want her tummy on show but also wants to wear a Star Wars t-shirt that isn't pink?!

Would you ever wear men's clothing? What do you think of the way fashion is targeted towards women and men? Do you think any changes need to be made? Let me know what you think, in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, as always x

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29 comments

  1. I don't shop in high street shops very often at all these days, I am charity shopper at heart but I totally get what you are saying. I have a plain white Matalan top that fits perfectly and I have been looking for the same one in black (they no longer do it in Matalan) but on my travels have seen everything you describe. If there is going to be a "girls" version of a top it will no doubt be pink cropped or tight fitting.

    Charlotte | www.discoveringcharlotte.co.uk

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    1. It's so annoying, I am glad you understand where I am coming from! I do love a good charity shop from time to time too! x

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  2. I know EXACTLY what you mean, I am so incredibly sick of seeing those awful minions on everything! I'm also sick of this unicorny sparkle nonsense; I'm a 25 year old woman for crying out loud. I don't mind a bit of pink or floral here and there, but I also prefer something a little less obviously twee. Love the Nasa tshirt in your photos, I have a few of those in my wardrobe now!

    I agree about the fit too, mens tshirts have the ideal length. If I do happen to find a womens shirt I like it's bloody cropped! Gimme a tshirt that just skims my bum anyday, far more comfy!

    Tore | www.atinymew.com xo

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    1. I am glad you get me! Oh don't get me started on those awful minions and unicorns! I love a flowery blouse every now and again but I also like a band tee that's not cropped or pink!

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  3. It is so annoying when most shops sell crop tops or things with unicorns on (I really don't get the fascination with them)! I'm definitely going to be looking in the men's section more often. I love that NASA t-shirt.

    Tash x
    www.skindeep247.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, you should! The men's section is great! I hate unicorns too x

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  4. i like wearing the odd crop top sometimes but i agree so much there is so many times I'm like i want this top but not in crop they should always do it in both styles!!

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    1. yes they should! The amount of times this happens to me is unreal! x

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  5. I LOVE this post! Every time I have gone into Primark or H&M the past few months I have the same problem with naff quotes and minions on Tshirts. All the prints I like are crop tops or those tops that are just a bit too sort so they end up riding up anyway and becoming a crop top! I will for sure venture into the mens section next time!

    http://fmyadultlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I highly recommend you do! You will be pleasantly surprised!

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  6. I competely agree with you on the crop top front! I am 'skinny' but I still don't wear them so shops are missing out on a huge percent of the population xx
    www.blossomofhope.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I am slim too but I don't like wearing crop tops! Shops don't seem to understand this xx

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  7. Primark is the absolute worst culprit for this, minions everywhere, good on you! Loved reading this post x

    Jen | Velvet Spring x

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  8. Yes!! Totally agree with this. Womens fashion is fast flying trends, bad quality and sometimes difficult to find a simple item. I was trying to find plain blue jeans in toyshop not too long ago and they didn't have a single pair that weren't ripped!

    Libfemblog.com.

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    1. I know how you feel! I went into Topshop the other day and all the jeans were ripped! Don't they do them not ripped these days? x

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  9. Great post and so glad you shared your link on lbloggers chat :) I love that you're so open about feminism, most people shy away from the term still! Men's clothes are so much comfier (but then I guess women's fashion has always been about aesthetics and not comfort or performance!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

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    1. Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed! We are all open about feminism here!

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  10. This is such a good post! I DEFINITELY agree, high street shops need to be more inclusive! I personally like to wear crop tops, but it is difficult when that's not what you're comfortable with, as they're not always the easiest! I've definitely bought men's t-shirts before, and I wear men's hoodies all the time (I swear, they're softer). I just recently bought a pair of chino-shorts from the mens section, and they fit me so well, I love them!
    This is honestly such a great post, LOVE it, good job!

    theamandaway.blogspot.com

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    1. aw thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed! I agree, there should be more options for people who like crop tops and those who don't x

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  11. YAS. I don't know what else to say aside from that because girl, preach it. As one who has experienced eating unhealthily before, I am passionate about catering to all kinds of body types, and not just the types that the media perpetuates to be right.

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. YES! Thank you! I hate the way the media slams women's bodies these days! It needs to be changed! x

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  12. This is an awesome post! Well said :)

    Getting clothes I like has been difficult for most of my life as I've always found that the store usually doesn't cater for plus sizes and if they do, the clothes are not my style at all. When I was a teenager, I found it hard to get clothes in a similar design to what all of my friends were wearing as the alternative brands I loved didn't make plus sized clothing either and it sucked.

    Also, I've never been a fan of very girly clothing and was a 'tomboy'. When I got older and more conscious about what I was wearing, it was really hard for me to find clothes that I liked in the popular stores that weren't all pink or didn't have silly slogans on them. I always preferred the t-shirts that I'd spot in the men's section!

    So, I decided to start buying men's band t-shirts and I still do to this day :)I think shops really need to produce more diverse clothing to suit everyone! x

    www.raiin-monkey.blogspot.com

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    1. I am sorry to hear about your struggles growing up however, I am now glad to hear you have find new clothes that you enjoy wearing and feel comfortable in! I agree, shops need to be more inclusive and procedure diverse clothing for everyone's body shapes and needs!

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  13. Haha I have always bought men's clothes, their hoodies, jogging bottoms and other bits are either more comfortable or just more my thing x

    http://paulamarieee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I agree! They are definitely more comfortable x

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  14. I've bought graphic shirts in the men's department before because, as you said, they're always cut for a body shape that I don't have, have weird cuts in them, are pink with hearts or rainbows on them, and that is not what I want. I love this post because it's something that needs to be said. Being female doesn't automatically cause someone to want pink, hearts, butterflies, or rainbows on everything. There are women who are into "girly" and more feminine styles, but there are also women who prefer clothing for classic styles, darker colors, or any of other fashion styles that exist!

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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  15. Some days I find men's clothing to just be so much more comfortable! I love wearing men's clothes, bags, and other things I find I like much more than what's in the ladies section. I think it's perfectly fine to switch between the two, and that it should be fine for each gender to do the same thing. I'm glad that you brought this up and shared your love of men's clothing- it's nice to hear that others feel the same way!

    My Lovelier Days

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