Hip Hip, Androgyny!


Hip, Hip, Androgyny!  

Allie Shapiro
Allie (pronouns: She & They) is a Chicago based writer, visual artist, vegan, and TV sitcom enthusiast. With a degree in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago they spend most of their time writing and illustrating comics that can be found on their instagram (@allieshapiro). Her visual art has been featured in coffee shops and cafes around the city of Chicago. When they're not creating, Allie can be found rewatching The Office and making crepes. 

Why’d the androgynous chicken cross the road? 

They didn’t because they chose to sit right in the middle! 

Oh no - my vegan heart and mind is afraid for the chicken’s life now - quick androgynous chicken! You can still be androgynous but get to safety! 

Phew, that was close! 

If you’re like the androgynous chicken - this is for you. The great thing about the concept of androgyny is that although it’s got a definition, I feel like it’s rules are - it has no rules! 

Androgyny doesn’t have a size, shape, form, or color. Anyone (any chicken) can achieve the perfect androgynous look. According to dictionary.com androgyny is defined as such:

Androgyn: (adjective)

1.  Being both male and female.

2.  Having both masculine and feminine characteristics.

3.  Having and ambiguous sexual identity.

4.  Neither clearly masculine or clearly feminine in appearance.

So how does one begin their search for the ambiguous gender look of their dreams? Here’s are some things to think about while you start your journey into the neither-lands.  


On any given day I like to mix up my fits. I have certain pants that feel more masculine, different shirts that feel more feminine and vice versa. I like to pair the two together in different ways. For example, a femme cut of pants (for me that means tighter) paired with a masc button up or top (for me that means bigger/leaving more room around my frame). 

I would encourage you to try different fits for different parts of your person. And like I stated above androgyny is what you make it - so if you’re outfit feels more masc, guess what?! It’s still androgynous.


There are different colors of my wardrobe that I associate with masculinity and femininity and some that feel neither. I find the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) feel pretty ambiguous to me, and I love that. I would encourage you to try different shades of colors - there’s so many out there you might be surprised by what a different color could add to your tone and wardrobe.


Patterns have me in my feelings so very much. 

Plaid is something I feel pretty masculine in, floral has me feeling femme, and the straightness of stripes oddly enough puts my vibe more in the area of neither one.  

Now mix all those together!

Once you figure out where you stand with fit, colors, and patterns, try mixing those together. For example I’m a sucker for a feminine pattern/color on a traditionally masculine fit or item such as a floral bow tie, or lighter pink button up that doesn’t accentuate any of my curves.

Here at Dapper Boi we keep all of these things in mind when creating the looks and clothes that are meant to work with you. For example - if a button-up is part of your androgynous dream look you won’t have to worry about the dreaded chest gap. The secret buttons on the inside of each of our button-ups take care of that for you, so all you have to worry about is style, not fit.

The most important thing to remember is your ambiguity is however you want it to be. 

So try different things, pair items together that you normally wouldn’t, pair items together that you normally do! 

Have fun, feel inspired by how you feel day to day, and embrace the in between, you beautifully handsome androgynous chickens!   

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