A reader asks:
“I’m trying to plan ahead for Christmas for my 16-yr-old who likes to suit up. I can embrace the suit…just not lousy-looking suits. She’s a lovely 5’7″ not-skinny, not-stocky, girl, with a lovely girl’s body. (Sorry, I’m her mom, I’m biased.) Therefore, boy/men clothes don’t fit well, and she isn’t keen on the fit either. So, what are my options to find her something decent that has a sleek euro-fit? I can spend some money for tailoring–don’t want to spend more than a few hundred for something she may outgrow, though… We live in the D.C. suburbs, not a fashion or trans hotbed… any ideas?”
I recommend first taking a look at our post, Menswear Movement: New Year, New Hope. This post lists a number of online retailers and clothiers that are designing/curating menswear, or menswear inspired, collections for the unconventionally masculine. Brands listed include Marimacho, The Original Tomboy, Saint Harridan, VEAA Androgynous, Tomboy Tailors, Kreuzbach10, Wildfang, Androgyny, VEER, and Fourteen.
Saint Harridan Suit
VEEA Androgynous Clothing
Not mentioned in the post are Butch Clothing Company and Duchess, which both make custom made suits for dapperQs. Other readers swear by J-Crew’s Ludlow suit line for men and Her Tuxedo, although Her Tuxedo has a more traditionally feminine fit, but works for folks who want to achieve a tomboy femme look.
Many of these brands also offer phone and Skype consultations in order to assist you better with sizing and fit.