Introducing…Bindle & Keep’s tailored suits for gender non-conformists

Check out the NY-based brand’s collection here! And here to see my previous post where the brand was mentioned. I must say, I was very impressed by their diversified photoshoots.

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‘The right to be handsome’: Clothing for gender non-conforming people on the rise

A great bit by PBS about finding that perfect-fitting outfit through customized/tailored clothes.

Rachel Tutera says it wasn’t until she started wearing boy’s clothes as a pre-teen, that she started to feel like the most authentic version of herself. Yet the 29-year-old says shopping for clothes in the men’s department left her feeling insecure and self-conscious. Nothing ever fit her proportions. So she was resigned to thinking that’s just the way it was.

So she approached the New York based made-to-order-men’s suit company, "Bindle and Keep" convincing the owner that he was overlooking an under-served market…Not only masculine women, but also transgender men and other gender non-conforming people who want well-fitting, men’s suits. 

Happy Eid al-Fitr to my Muslim friends; may the day be celebrated with whole-heartedness and unity!

Some words: It makes my heart sink to have woken up this morning to a live stream of Gaza on TV, with the conflict at its worst, with no signs of halting, even for humanitarian truce. There were no silences between the bombings, but the buzzing of drones in the air. Albeit this isn’t a blog about politics, I find it impossible to not share my thoughts at such times and be politically motivated.


I leave you with a quote to think about from Albert Einstein, keeping in mind all the other conflicts happening around the world too:

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." 

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Tomboy Swimwear: Tops and Boardshorts

This is a short novel about struggling to find that perfect ‘tomboy’ swimsuit. Just kidding! About the novel— not the struggling part. All the clothes mentioned are linked to an online shop in case you want to grab ‘em right away!

Tomboys and women’s swimwear. An oxymoron? Feels like it. Women’s mainstream swimwear seems to go against what we like wearing, and feel comfortable in (what’s with that extra string? this will totally fall off if I do a cannonball). Firstly I have to say that I’ve seen tomboys/ butch-identifying women completely love and embrace wearing bikinis/ other feminine swimwear; I’m not saying tomboys don’t. But I am aware that a lot of tomboys, including me, prefer not to, and struggle to find alternatives to feminine swimwear that is still sold in the women’s section. Specifically, today I’m talking about the top + short combo, because it’s simple and comfortable for all swimming occasions—beach, pool, athletics, etc. 

Let’s start off with the types of swimwear available in the women’s section. here’s a screenshot I took from Kohl’s website:image

As you can see, the most appealing in terms of tomboy style seem to be athletic, tankini, rash-guards, shorts, and one-pieces. Personally, I’m a fan of matching an athletic top with women’s board shorts (shorter and more form-fitting than men’s) Example of this simple combo:

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1. Athletic bra/swim top by Nike, 2. Loose boardshort by Adidas, 3. Fitting boardshort by Hurley

My other favorite picks of tops and shorts: 1, 23

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Zappos.com is a good place to start browsing for stylish boardshorts. From there, you can look at swim/surf/skate brands like Volcom and Hurley, also personal favorites. Surprisingly, Adidas and Nike don’t have a lot of tomboy style swimwear on their websites, but you can find them elsewhere.

Alternative types of tops:

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1. Long-sleeved rashguard by Tommy Bahama, 2. Short-sleeved rashguard by Body Glove, 3. Tankini by Nautica, 4. Striped tankini by Nautica

And saving the best for last… I introduce you to Marimacho swimwear!! Swimwear for bois, tomboys, genderqueer fashion, and so on. I can go on about how much I like their mission, but you should check them out for yourself. Peek of their outfit:

Hope this gave you motivation to look for that right tomboy swimwear for you. While researching I’ve also found an outfit that I like and feel comfortable in—yay! Let me know if you particularly enjoyed this post/ if you know of any brands that cater to tomboy swimwear! 

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