Baroness Sophia Designs: Fashion Gender Warriors

I had the pleasure of sitting down for a Google hangout with Jen Wright, the mastermind behind Baroness Sophia Designs (BSD). I began this interview already intrigued by her designs. Throughout the conversation I realized that not only are BSD’s creations one-of-a-kind, but she is also a fashion gender warrior. What do I mean by this? She is challenging the gender binary through fashion! Instant hook.

After our conversation, I received three items she sent me for review. I got an ascot, art tie and, accent chain.

Baroness Sophia Designs Ascot Qwear

There is an unabashed playfulness about BSD.  As stated in her mission statement, BSD seeks to “queer fashion further, step away from traditional roles, take it out of the normalized realm, flee the existing binary.” BSD states, “I want our style to be as fluid and easy as our sexuality or gender - butches in glitter, femmes in combat boots” (www.baronesssophiadesigns.com). As a femme, I appreciate dressing up with accessories that have traditionally been saved for masculine of center people.

So many ways to play with this ascot!

So many ways to play with this ascot!

Inspired by friends and her queer community, BSD chooses designs that are bold and full of pattern mixing, making these designs one-of-a-kind pieces.  I appreciate that art ties are repurposed from former ties. The art ties offer such a fun twist on the traditional tie, making me instantly intrigued by the design. Aptly named “Swagger,” the art ties are a hit in my fashion book!

Baroness Sophia Designs Art Tie Qwear

Swagger: Art Tie: Baroness Sophia Designs
Shirt: Old Navy
Button-up: Gap
Pants: Old Navy

Next came the ascot, the ascot felt quite versatile. To be honest, I wanted to wear the ascot as a belt, and a hair accessory, more than an ascot, but that’s the point. These pieces are interchangeable and can play varying roles in one’s gender expression.

Baroness Sophia Designs Ascot Qwear

Regal: Ascot: Baroness Sophia Designs
Shirt: Old Navy
Button-up: Gap
Skirt: JC Penney
Fierce: Accent Chain: Baroness Sophia Designs

Finally, the accent chain is such a fun statement piece to any outfit and is reminiscent of a 50s sweater chain. I would use the chain in a variety of ways, not just with a sweater.

The tomcat obliged and let me put  it on her... 

The tomcat obliged and let me put  it on her... 

After our engaging chat, I put in a request that BSD send nautical themed items. It’s so hard to let go of my Maine ways!  Here are few more ways to style her lovely designs!

Notice the the little Orcface trying to get in the picture.  Shoes (L.L. Bean Signature)

Notice the the little Orcface trying to get in the picture.  Shoes (L.L. Bean Signature)

BSD does custom orders and are offering Qwear readers a 20% discount on their entire order for the month of June - enter Qwear20% at checkout on the Baroness Sophia Designs website.

Baroness Sophia Designs art tie and chain Qwear

BSD can be see on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. There are a number of ways to win some of your own Baroness Sophia Designs items in June. Follow on Twitter @BaronessSophia for more details!