Not everyone is cut out for pencil skirts, stilettos, and the works. There are those who love to keep it grounded in the androgynous yet chic style. Your personal style should reflect who you are; that’s the only way to get comfortable in it. As Rachel Zoe once said, “style is a way to say who you are without having to speak”. If the stilettos are not your thing, by all means cast them aside and style the heck out of your more down-to-earth (pun intended) footwear .

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Let’s start with the style staples for the androgynous chic’s wardrobe:

  • Oxford Brogues
  • Structured Blazers
  • Button-Down Shirts in a variety of cuts, fabric, & patterns + white
  • Briefcases or structured handbags
  • Boots (e.g. Doc Martens for the colder months)
  • 2-Piece Pant Suits
  • The Trench Coat (or Mac) is a must-have
  • Silk blouses
  • Accessories: solid leather belts, menswear-ish watch, hats etc.
  • Waist Coats for warmer months
  • Basic Tees (stripped & monochrome)
  • Boyfriend jeans (for casual looks)
  • A pair of comfortable sneaks (also for casual looks)
  • Tailored Pants

Now to the styling…



Above is a very minimalist look, nonetheless, it is elegant and powerful. This look certainly cuts it to the lecture theatre, departmental meetings, and to a conference as a delegate. However, if you were the keynote speaker, what would the androgynous-you look like? See below:


Sometimes you have to compromise for special events where you are the keynote speaker, and pick up a (kitten) heel or two. If the pants were more straight-legged, the shoe on the left would be ideal. The look above is a blazer-powered look (have you seen our post on finding the perfect blazer?) It would give you an air of confidence and authority, especially where your poise and carriage are just right. The metallic vibe of the look on the right gives the outfit an extra va-va-voom I would say. Don’t forget the camisole/turtle-neck that needs to go with either blazer. If in doubt, go with black silk.

For the androgynous academic on a casual day out, I have put together one final look:



Spring/Summer trend reports for 2016 say that stripes are in. Although Stylish Academic is hardly about trends, it’s a good thing our love for all things stripes coincides with what’s in vogue. Adidas Stan Smith original sneakers (in picture) are what fashionistas swear by, but really, any cute white tennis shoe/sneaks would equally do the magic.

Buzzfeed shares 19 ways to style yourself androgynous; infused with a tinge of humour as usual.

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