Hard Femme: Adding an edge to your style

Not to be mistaken with the typical femme, the “hard femme” describes herself as “queer”, is political, looks more feminine than masculine, and if prompted, can kick some serious ass. She doesn’t need to “wear the pants” in a relationship- the hard femme rules with a dress. She not only despises the gender binary, she works to dismantle it. (Urban Dictionary)

While I disagree with the “typical femme” portion of the above definition, since I believe that “femme” is an inherently radical identity in itself, this definition is certainly on the mark. Hard-femme describes a style of femininity that infuses with some typical masculine style. A great example of a hard femme is Cara Delevingne.

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Cara’s personal style is tomboyish with a hard feminine edge. She wears lots of fitted jackets, usually in darker shades, and can be seen, especially during high profile events, wearing suit jackets. The middle look best describes what “hard femme” is, in my opinion. Using typical feminine pieces such as a clutch and heels with somewhat tomboy pieces such as a cuffed-sleeve t-shirt with harem pants, she executes a perfect hard femme look. The red lip adds an additional feminine touch.



So how can you get this look? Well, taking some notes from Cara and from other hard-femmes, like Janelle Monae, here are some tips!

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Suit Jackets: Most commonly, as seen in the above photos, adding a fitted jacket to your outfit can add an edge to pretty much any outfit. Also, suit jackets, being a classically masculine piece, adds that traditional masculinity to your style while the feminine fit will help accentuate your figure.

Hats: Snapbacks can become a staple to your hard femme look. In addition, wide-brims can also add a softer masculine edge to your look.

janelle-monae-hardfemme 002Black Platform Boots: Currently a rather large trend in hard femme style are black platform boots. These boots don’t only add an punk edge to any outfit, they also add great height to your figure, depending on how tall the platforms are.

Dramatic Winged Eyeliner: For those who love their makeup routine, adding a dramatic wing to your eyeliner routine is an excellent way to put that additional unf to your hard femme look.

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Either way, the best accessory to your hard femme look is your attitude. Hard femme is an extension of your personality. Walk with confidence, own your look, and you’ll pull it off effortlessly.

  One thought on “Hard Femme: Adding an edge to your style

  1. March 16, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I love Janelle’s beauty look especially, i.e her statement hairstyle, I really feel this elevates her look to another level and pairs really well with her popular monochrome looks. I also love girls who rock winged eyeliners, it just adds that retro edge to an outfit. Good Post! When you have a moment, check out my latest one, Thanks- https://myfashionslashlife.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/seeing-redthe-younger-man-etc/


    • March 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      I agree about Janelle’s beauty look. It’s super sophisticated, yet fun and sexy. And, gurl, winged eyeliner is my favorite make-up style! Thanks so much for commenting, I’ll definitely check out your post!


  2. February 2, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Love this blog post, and your style! Just happened to stumble upon your blog and love it!


    • February 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Hey Jness! Thanks so much! 🙂


  3. January 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Janelle Monae is actually one of my style inspirations. I just posted a look inspired by her on my blog 🙂



    • January 25, 2015 at 12:27 am

      Awesome, I’ll take a look! 🙂


  4. itsallaboutsonia
    January 23, 2015 at 11:15 am
  5. January 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I think Rihanna embodies the hard femme “style” perfectly– even wearing super baggy menswear pieces. Have you read much about the Old Hollywood star Marlene Dietrich? In a way she was the original hard femme. I think you’d love her– I do!



    • January 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Definitely Rihanna! & I’ve seen photos of Marlene Dietrich before, but never knew her name. She would definitely be hard femme in my book!


  6. Mel
    January 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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