What does a lesbian look like? Obviously there’s no one way to answer this question. There isn’t one way to look gay (thank god!) but there is still a certain aesthetic that is queer style. We can read the September issue like any straight woman can, but sometimes there’s just something missing; someone talking to us about the specific kinds of way we like to wear our clothes. Lesbians and our other kinds of Sapphically-inclined sisters are more likely to blend the men’s and women’s sections, to not be satisfied with a “boyfriend” fit; to want something not necessarily feminine but that’s still on trend and also looks like it was made for them. You can’t always find someone to help you with this in your nearby Macy’s, and if you can, you might not be comfortable doing so.
The same goes for hairstyles. Just ask Miley Cyrus: There’s a certain way a lot of gay women like to look when it comes to their ‘dos, and they typically inspire trends because of it. And sometimes you don’t have a stylist who will know what it means when you want “The Tegan Quin” or “something Agyness-esque,” but they will know when you say “I need you to go a little shorter on the right.”
So this fall, we asked Fashion Star Season 1 winner Kara Laricks, Project Runway Season 10 contestant Alicia Hardesty and celesbian hairstylist Holli Smith how you can achieve the look you want, no matter where you live or what your personal style may be.
Kara Laricks will be debuting her new collection at New York Fashion Week next Sunday, September 9. Alicia Hardesty can be seen on Lifetime on Thursday nights, but you can also see her work at Original Tomboy. Holli Smith has styled for Elle, Teen Vogue and many other fashion magazines as well as runway shows. All three women are out and proud and super stylish.
Brands to try: Both Laricks and Hardesty agree that Topshop/TopMan is great in value and selection, but Hardesty says “It depends on your pricepoint.” If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, she recommends Urban Outfitters or American Apparel, especially if you’re looking for “unisex basics, underwear and accessories.” If you’re willing to put more money into your fashion, Hardesty suggests SSense, All Saints, Fred Segal, Diesel, G-Star, Opening Ceremony or Atrium.
Laricks adds that H&M and Uniqulo both offer quality goods for fair prices.