A New Meaning for Lesbian Chic


Casady is an artist and a
performer, so her style is a bit more avant-garde than most lesbians would feel
comfortable with in their daily wear. But she has been hailed for her fashion
sense, which is always expressed by a clash of genders and their preconceived
roles. Her newest venture? Creating fashion for others.

She told the Times:


I’ve been making my own clothes
since I was, like, 15. … The idea is of this kind of fashion that you want to
die in, that you could wear equally well to an awards ceremony or around a
campfire in the Grand Canyon. Put on the things you like least, things you hate
the most. Things that give you pain. It’s the same thing we do with the
language we use in our songs: making ourselves use words we hate.


Casady is a believer that personal style is much more than a
pair of pants that you throw on in the morning.

On the more stereotypical — but
nonetheless true-to-life — side of lesbian fashion is athletic wear. Sporty
attire still maintains its appeal for many lesbians. Take it from Jackie
Warner, who not only rocks sports bras and yoga pants on her show Work Out, but designs and sells her own
line of sporting apparel.

Jackie Warner

In a recent interview with Elle magazine,
Warner was asked if there is a "lesbian physical ideal." Her


Well, I think that older lesbians
definitely didn’t take care of themselves. They didn’t exercise. But the
younger lesbians, they’re very different. They go to the gym. They manage their
eating. They’re much more fashion-conscious. We have a society in which men
sexualize women, period. If you don’t want male attention, it makes total sense
you’d do everything to your dress and physicality to not be sexualized. But I
see that changing dramatically. Now, [younger lesbians] look more like Paris
Hilton than Billie Jean King.


Lesbian model Jessica Clark is one of the younger lesbians
Warner refers to. Living in Los Angeles, Clark said she often feels that many
assume she’s not a "real lesbian."

think there is an implied pressure to look ‘gay’ to be fully accepted by the
community, and it can be frustrating," Clark wrote in an email to
AfterEllen.com. "In fact, when I was younger it felt so strong that I
questioned whether I actually could truly be a gay woman, because every time I
walked into a girl bar or party I was informed that I had to be straight —
really based on nothing more than my appearance."

Jessica Clark

Her sentiments are similar to those who were upset by The L Word‘s choice of wardrobe. Is the
fashion "too femme" because it looks too straight? Clark described
her own style as "quirky sexy," but to some in the lesbian community,
it could also be seen as "straight-looking."

heels, dresses, miniskirts, skinny jeans, cleavage!" she said of her
style. "I think of clothes, accessories, etc. as an expression of my
personality, and I like to try different, unique looks that have a nod to the
latest fashions (as I work in that industry) but are not carbon copies of
anything on the runway or the street."

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