#1: Dyke-friendly jumper
I'm not the only one following Alicia Hardesty on Project Runway, right? She's worn the jumper a few times, and it may be part of her new line.
Why I love it: It looks very comfy and I love anything that will make tomboy fashion more chic.
Why I hate it: Alicia is 5 ft 8 and weighs 130. What will we look like in it if we're short and/or non-skinny? Plus, a "jumper?!" Flashbacks to third grade. Hmm.
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#2: Knit ties
Knit ties have been trendy for a few years now, and are still going strong. They started out unpretentious and hipstery, but have made their way into the broader fashion world.
Why I love knit ties: They're kind of vintage. (And I like vintage... usually.) They also come in a variety of great knits and color patterns.
Why I hate them: They usually end straight across rather than coming to a point, which sort of makes it look like you're wearing an unfringed scarf that somebody made you in home ec class.
#3: Fingerless gloves
Fingerless gloves are like little sweater vests for your hands! Providing warmth where it counts the most, plus allowing freedom of movement. (And we all know how much I love sweater vests.)
Why I love fingerless gloves: (1) They're half badass and half dorky. (2) I can wear them when it's chilly but I want to sit outside and work on my laptop. (3) I hate the lack of manual dexterity that comes with regular gloves.
Why I hate them: Well... admittedly, I don't. But it's hard to pretend that they're stylish, high-fashion items.
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#4: Scrunchie ties
These still aren't too widespread, though I seem to be seeing them more and more. Yes, they are like the hair scrunchies of yore... except that they're neckties.
Why I love scrunchie ties: Though I probably wouldn't wear them myself, these could provide a nice look for a soft butch who wants a twist on typical menswear for a formal event. Can't you see Ellen wearing a scrunchie tie?
Why I hate them: It's a tie made of a freakin' scrunchie. Do we really need to revisit that particular aspect of the 1980s?
#5: Men's pendant necklaces
These usually come on a black cord or a silver chain. Popular pendants include sharks' teeth, crosses, skulls, and dog tags.
Why I love them: Most necklaces are too feminine for me. This kind looks strong, matches a lot of my casual wardrobe, and is, well, butch. Plus, jewelry for men is gaining popularity again--and as usual, we butches get more fashion leeway than men do.
Why I hate them: Let's face it: there's something a little 1990s-frat-boy-meets-surfer about them.