Androgyny in 1954: vintage inspiration

It’s well documented that the notion of women donning men’s clothing is not a very new one. This quote from a 1954 issue of LIFE magazine gives an adorable insight into the shopping habits of ‘tweedy young women’ of the day who raided the Brooks Brothers menswear store:

“Although Brooks Brothers is generally identified with impeccably conservative male plumage, the staid New York store has recently become a shopping haunt for sophisticated women. This trend was started when the store opened a counter, placed discreetly at the rear of the main floor, where tweedy young women from college or the suburbs could buy the Brooks Brothers man’s shirt many of them had begun wearing. Given this opening, more and more women have encroached upon the whole store, greedily discovering other items of male apparel that they can take over for themselves.” LIFE magazine, 1954

Photo by Nina Leen, 1954

Image from the Life archive, via tomboy style.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.