Fashion Food 4 Thought: Miguel
Alluring eyes, sleek hair, killer bone structure, with a small frame and a sexy falsetto; Miguel has all the makings of a young Prince. Instead of purple body suits with an exposed bottom; he can be seen in playful patterned shirts in delicate fabrics. Fashion Food 4 Thought: Is there anything wrong with a lil’ male androgyny?
Women have crossed the boundaries of what should fit in the box labeled women’s wear or men’s wear for years to the point that the line is now blurred. On any given day you can catch a woman in a suit paired with heels, a blouse with a bow-tie or carrying a suitcase filled with cosmetics. The female population fearlessly embraced androgyny while men have had strong hesitations.
Men slowly began dipping their foot in by wearing slimmer cuts, “man” bags and added grooming calling it metrosexual. The hesitation comes from men connecting their manhood and sexuality with their clothing styles. Does dressing in non-traditional men’s wear automatically mean that you are less of a man? Or is it just another form of artistic self expression?
This article was inspired by Miguel’s recent SNL performance. He wore a sleeveless leopard print button-up shirt with a short gold chain. As a designer; it excited me! Seeing a male entertainer with influence step out of the box in fashion; playing with prints, means that I will not have to be as limited in my creativity when working with men’s wear. I can introduce new silhouettes, fabrics, textures, prints and colors to my list of options.
In response to the questions above; I think it depends on the individual. When looking at Miguel I see that his fashion mirror’s his music. He has a sexy sound and he wears clothing that is his own personal interpretation of sexy. In my opinion; his feminine touches to his ensemble do not make him look feminine. He carries himself with confidence and is secure in his manhood. It doesn’t hurt that his song lyrics clearly express his love for women. He knows how to mix and match and balance out the masculine with the feminine so that it is done well.
Men wearing non-traditional men’s wear are usually fashion trendsetters who don’t wait until the masses approve.
VIDEO FASHION ON REVIEW:
In Miguel’s latest video for “How Many Drinks” he wears a light weight button-up polka-dot shirt paired with a black tuxedo trench coat and slim cut matching pants.
Featured MC Kendrick Lamar wears a printed short sleeve button-up short set.
What do you think?