I first discovered this Switcharoo project a while ago, before I started blogging seriously about my own forays into gender rebeldom, and sort of forgot about it until I stumbled upon it again on fuckyeahguysindresses. It’s an interesting piece where paired up couple pose in their own clothes and then switch with their opposite gendered partners (for the most part) and model them as well. It says a lot about what we perceive as masculine and feminine in attire and posture, because honestly so many of the looks actually kinda maybe sort of work when switched. I believe the initial hangup of “oh that’s odd,” in the gender switch is the only weirdness to some of the outfits but when one gets past it, they play. Here’s a few of my personal favorites:
Now, there are some that don’t work, but I wonder if a lot of those have to do with body shape/size more than the gender differences. I feel like out of the photos that most don’t work, the same discrepancy would exist if two same-gendered models of the same size differences were displayed in the same outfit. For example, this one below features a couple where the guy is somewhat significantly taller than the girl. As a result, the dress seems a lot shorter because it falls higher on his legs, and the boots, which I’m not even sure are the same ones, at least are much lower on his calves, making the socks look higher, which only underlines how much shorter the dress is on him. Plus the dress and cardigan, which are both kind of light and airy on the girl, fit sort of tighter on him. If they were as fitted to him as they are to her, it would look fine.
The same thing happens here. but even more so. The guy is significantly larger than the girl, so what on her is a cute, slightly even kimono-style dress (or jumper with shorts, I really can’t tell, looks like a weird henchman’s costume from an old comic book on him. I’m actually not convinced that these are the same outfits, because the sleeves seem a lot longer on what she’s wearing. I think she has a top that is sort of a tunic over a pair of shorts, and he seems to have on a similar top tucked into the shorts. Maybe the sleeves thing is an optical illusion based on their size differences, because she’s clearly swimming in his clothes.
And there’s even one case where this results in the guy fitting in the girl’s clothes better than she does in his. While they aren’t too far off from each other in sizes, her hips and thigh area are wider, so his pants take on a skinny jean quality in that region for her, but then don’t stay as such around the ankles so it doesn’t look as flattering as it could. Her clothes on the other hand fit him fairly well, save from a fairly mediocre job tying the scarf. He could’ve used this guide I linked to a month or so ago.