Sonny Oram Shopping Topman Suits [Video]

Shopping for queer and trans bodies in mainstream clothing stores can be a challenge. Qwear is pleased to have had the chance to work with Topman for many years and help translate their sizing to queers on the smaller side looking to find menswear that fits.

Here is a behind-the-scenes snippet from a private Topman event we attended before I had top surgery. I tried on suits and discussed tailoring options.

One of our main conclusions was that it's sometimes best to go with the broad shoulder look and tailor the sleeves when binding.

For those who can't afford a tailor, hemming the sleeves of a suit jacket is one of the easier DIY projects when it comes to suits. Carefully remove the stitching connecting the the inner-lining at the end of the sleeve. Push in the outer fabric to your preference. Iron in place and re-stitch. You can even use clothing pins if you are afraid of sewing.

Film by Rupi, Qwear Fashion Director

As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.