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Clothing Doesn't Have A Gender


The More Androgynous The Better

Trevor Jeans / Christy Annity

The thing is, clothing doesn’t have a gender. There isn’t a single way to be feminine or one way to be butch. Step out of your comfort zone and you may find that non-binary fashion is a good fit for you as well.

From the Anchorage Press

October 12, 2019

By RJ Johnson

Trevor Jeans loves fashion. As one of the employees of Nordstrom, they got to be around it all day, and they are well known for their fun use of style that does not necessarily fit into the binary of man or woman. Whether pairing a silky nightgown with a leather jacket, or pulling together a fierce festival look, this local knows how to have fun with looks that mix up the idea of masculine and feminine.

Known by some as drag queen Christy Annity, or others as the gorgeous Trevor, for this human, non-binary is not just a look, it’s a lifestyle.

“My gender identity as well as my fashion has changed throughout my queer journey. I started off like every teen in my generation wearing Aeropostale and American Eagle and exclusively shopping in the department that matched my assigned gender. It wasn’t until I moved to Alaska that I blossomed into the non-binary, queer nightmare that I am today. I began attending Mad Myrna’s and fell in love with the drag show. Once I became a queen myself, it truly was the gateway into exploring my gender identity on a personal level,” Trevor says.

Non-binary is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine, and can fall anywhere on that line, or completely off it from day to day. In the world of fashion some have called it androgyny, and when it is done correctly it is called daring.

            Marlene Dietrich                      

Marlene Dietrich is often spoken about for her rebellious habit of wearing suits and slacks on and off screen. With her ambiguous sexuality and the frequency with which she was portrayed as a femme fatale. By the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood, slacks and pantsuits had become the norm for many famous women. Decades earlier, burlesque dancer Lydia Johnson and her troupe of “British Blondes” had popularized men dressing as women on stage, and being permitted for that time, being able to act as men do. They were bawdy, outspoken, and they flirted openly with women. It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that burlesque was sexualized, after meeting the shimmy and shake belly dancers like Little Egypt at the World’s Fair.

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“Non-binary speaks to me because the combination of my masculinity with my feminine spirit has shaped me into someone who doesn’t conform to any gender norms. There are days I feel masculine, there are days I feel more feminine, and there are days I feel uninspired by either. My fashion is the biggest reflection of my identity. Some people recognize my signature cowboy/western chic look, but I do like to switch it up from time to time, and there is nothing I love more than a theme! Like, yes, please give me the 70’s, Pirates, Fur, Gatsby, and I will serve it. Also, I love painting my face, whether it’s dramatic or subtle. I love wearing excessive amounts of jewelry. HATS! My nails are almost always painted, most likely chipped. I genuinely hate wearing suits". 

"The more androgynous the better.”

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