I think it's time to update/upgrade my fashion style now that I'm slightly older and dressing as a HS boy is not seen as positive in the early 20s in metropolitan area.
Although I'm aware of certain fashion styles, I never put much thought about it because I tend to to be too tired in the morning to prepare. I don't wear makeup and most of my outfits consist of t-shirt, jeans, and shoes depending on weather conditions. I complete my everyday wear with a school backpack and ... end up looking much younger than my age (23).
I'm a fan of tomboy styles (?) and androgynous outfits but unfortunately, I'm relatively short (4'11"), Asian-American, and stocky. As a result clothing styles I like look awkward and/or too large for me. Also, I have a limited clothing budget and not too crazy about high maintenance clothing atm. I guess, I could work on maintaining a healthy weight too since I don't exactly fit into the petite category either.
Some examples of outfits I like are military-inspired jackets, school blazers, 3/4 sleeve jackets, crop jackets, layering clothing, dark colored clothing, minimal branding, and simplistic designs. I apologize how I can't exactly describe the exact look I'm interested in but here's a image set of what I meant
Right now, I'm still wearing my old clothes from HS which are around 5-10 years old by now. I did buy a few basic clothing articles from Uniqlo but most of my clothing is somewhat outdated. Currently, I'm a student who attends a city college and I'm feeling increasingly foolish compared to my sometimes (younger) peers. I don't follow any fashion blogs apart from collecting references for drawing in my free time.
I'm not interested in some menswear (bow ties,suits, and suspenders) clothing, dress/skirts, "loud" patterns, or anything overly feminine. Ideally, it should be between casual and semi-formal for a school setting. I'm not against bright colors but I'm used to wearing neutral or monotone clothing over time.
I have read old Mefi
and AskMefi posts
in related fashion questions but it's not completely what I'm looking for since I'm in a odd zone w/r/t body type.
I'm curious if anyone could pinpoint the exact fashion style I'm describing in a more specific term? Tomboy femme
is the closest approximation I've seen online although if I were to dress similiarly I'd look like I'm playing dress-up with my brother's clothing. For example while, I like Ellen DeGeneres's fashion
but custom tailored suits are sadly out of my budget and even then not suitable for class.
Any suggestions for gender-neutral clothing styles or stores would be great too. I can order online but I prefer B&M for returns and exchanges. Thanks.
BTW: I identify as Asexual and I've always felt out of place with traditionally feminine clothing from a young age. It's hard to describe why tomboy style appeals to me, but it fits with my uncertainty how to define myself in society.