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My boyfriend Steve and I have already waved away credibility a long time ago.  His n' her outfit posts?  Been there, done that, got the bloody badge.  Well strictly speaking I was borrowing from his wardrobe and we haven't matched up to the level of THAT notorious Becks n' Vicky leather suit incident circa 1999 YET.  I fear going down that path might just be a step too far.

Seeing as we've nothing to fear from the too-cool-for-school camp who'll say "OMG what a tragic couple…", we thought we'd revisit the idea of sharing one another clothes with a collection that is in fact meant for sharing.  Hah!  We're cleverly hiding behind a designer's work to legitimise another his n' her post so we have Tim Soar to thank.

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The British menswear designer has made a rather assured and steady transition to womenswear.  One that feels natural and entirely welcome with mini influx of labels that design for both genders in more pragmatic and elegant way.  Spurred on by encouragement from the likes of Sarah Mower and Yasmin Sewell and feelng a little frustrated by the market constraints of menswear, Soar turned his hand to a small capsule womenswear collection exclusively for Browns.  Now as another store exclusive for Harrods, Soar has designed a Him/She A/W 11-12 collection where the intended sex for each item is intentionally ambiguous especially when you peruse through the lookbook, where the models faces are obscured and you try to analyse the jawlines to see whether it's a he or a she.  "For my first proper womenswear collection, it was important to do something coherent across both menswear and womenswear.  There was something that I felt was right about menswear for womenswear and the collections mirror each other.  With this Him/Her concept, it was very rigorous and it made me very strict with editing pieces out."

The result is a sparing collection that packs a punch in function and having tried some of the key pieces, leaves me (and Steve) feeling like the winter would be that little bit bleaker without say a leather-sleeved varsity jacket with fur collar or a contrast coated cotton sleeve and Hainsworth wool coat.  The ideals of fit become rather fluid in this collection.  There are pieces where there are a matching men's and women's version – like the aforementioned coat which clearly is a little too large for me because I'm wearing the men's one.  Then again even that element of being a touch oversized isn't a total deal breaker.  Other pieces are totally separate styles for men and women but can also be interchangeable.  The bomber jacket and the painted yellow jumper for instance are men's pieces but they're tempting pieces for me to hijack as well.  There are of course exclusively "SHE" pieces but they take on the language of menswear with their materials as well as having deconstructed details such as revealing the layers of a padded shoulder of a suit jacket in a wool waistcoat.   

In the trouser department though, the fit isn't so frivolous and if anything Soar takes into consideration the female body more so than a designer who is just dealing with ideas of androgyny.  For the women's style trousers, hips and waist are accentuated and though I never believe in the idea of wonder trousers, these ones do indeed do miraculous things to arse, legs and waist.  On Steve, his trousers with a velcro front (Steve's first post about Soar's Him/She debut explains more about the combination of sportswear and tailoring elements in this collection) are still very high-waisted but much more relaxed in fit.  In both cases, there's a feeling of being "put together" when you don said trews.  

After road-testing Soar's men's, women's and unisex pieces in sample sizes, the "Does it fit?" question became quite simple.  Can you physically get it on your body?  If so, then you can pretty much make the looseness or tightness of the piece work to your advantage.  The idea of things "fitting like a glove" doesn't seem so important when it comes to Soar's proposed gender interchangeable wardrobes.  For S/S 12, Soar will be taking a slightly different turn for both his mens and womenswear which I'll peek at another time.  For now, Steve and I have some tussling to do over a jacket or two… 

THE BOMBER JACKET

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(She: Vintage shirt, J.W. Anderson skirt, Prada brogues.  He: Discovered jumper, Comme des Garcons shirt, Albam trousers, Grenson boots.)

THE JUMPER

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(She: Meadham Kirchhoff shorts, Zanita x Funkis clogs.  He: Wooyoungmi trench coat, Reiss trousers, bStore shoes.)

THE TROUSER

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(She: Uniqlo oxford shirt, Aqua leather t-shirt, J. Lindeberg silk scarves, Dries Van Noten shoes.  He: ASOS Black coat, Baartmans and Siegel shirt, Baartmans and Siegel x Grenson shoes.)

THE COAT

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(She: Junya Watanabe frilled dress, Yves Saint Laurent sheer trousers, Miista ankle boots.  He: WA Woods & Woods shirt, Bunney stud, Tim Soar jumper, Wooyoungmi trousers, Lodger boots )

THE VARSITY JACKET

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(She: Vintage Gucci floral jacket, vintage skirt.  He: 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt, Bunney stud, Tim Soar trousers.)

Comments (22)

  1. shabby says:

    Wow, you both thoroughly pull it off! My favorite piece is definitely that jumper! Susie’s outfit is brilliantly coordinated with the Meadham Kirchoff shorts and the clogs, echoing the horizontal line from above. A very stylish couple indeed. :D

  2. I love the concept of a collection for both sexes! and your pics show off perfectly how to adapt them – since the collection isn’t necessarily based on androgyny, just wearability for both…

  3. ginta_b says:

    love love love the idea…. both u look amazing…the coat and the jumper just oh so cool… wish my husband would be more in fashion but… well – have son… he will grow up and maybe will ask for that mums old coat…. tnx for sharing

  4. PIRIL says:

    u guys are so sweet and such a nice idea
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  5. Naomi Marie says:

    I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea, the pair of you pull it off perfectly. It isn’t something that I can ever see myself doing – unless I end up with a midget boyfriend… ah the perils of being short!

  6. Kate says:

    Your lace shorts are gorgeous! Have you checked out The Kooples?
    Kate
    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  7. Makena says:

    great idea! i love the photos! you two are absolutely adorable.
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  8. Olive says:

    Ahhh so lovely! I love both of you!inspiring :)

  9. Kyboe USA says:

    Now not only can I borrow my sister’s clothes, but I can tap into my brother’s too! Amazing how the clothes work for you both!

  10. Daniel Dunt says:

    That’s such an adorable idea; I really want that bomber jacket + sweater which you guys are both pulling off so well; on that note, I also really want that Discovered Sweater which Steve is wearing! – Daniel Dunt
    http://www.tsnewyork.com

  11. Berty says:

    Both of you guys look fabulous and I love the fact that your BF likes to do this with you!!!! Fierce! :)

  12. NM says:

    Waaaa! So cute and so cool, I am jealous!!!!

  13. Looks like the bomber jacket is back.. very cool!

  14. WearIAm says:

    Really like this post, very clever – especially love the title!
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  15. Angela says:

    This post is so much fun! I must admit though, I was really surprised to the that the pants fit both of you so well, given that men’s and women’s pants are usually cut quite differently to accommodate the differences in, ahem, anatomy.

  16. The bomber jacket is kind of ridiculously amazing.

  17. chloe elle says:

    I love this post! You guys were able to pull it off. Same one item, but with a twist of your styles made the looks so different. That’s why designing the right piece is important. Thank you for the boost of energy to create!

  18. Terri says:

    Methinks, the coat is the best of these items.

  19. Dot says:

    Both of you pull it off SO WELL! Pretty pretty pretty.

  20. Stacey Kelly says:

    so good!! girl/boy style seems to be intersecting more and more lately.. i find myself saving both girl and guy pics as inspiration.

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