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Fashionably Out: Why the “lesbian troll” look is mostly a myth

It’s time to rid ourselves of fashion stereotypes within the LGBT community. This is the 21st century, people. We no longer live in dark days where men were only accepted in a suit and tie, and women only looked appropriate in cocktail dresses.

Men - gay and straight - are starting to wear color, print and fitted jeans. Women - lesbian and straight - are starting to look chic in pantsuits, boxy blazers and muted colors. It is safe to say that fashion is being inspired by both genders, and it’s only moving forward!

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the trendiest styles out there for the modern lesbian. Lesbians … trendy? Come on. Not all lesbians dress like a 12-year-old boy in flannel shirts and shiny spiky hair! Warning: Some of you might question your sexuality after seeing this hot, stylish lady.

Meet Melissa Garza. This 25-year-old makeup artist bombshell falls in the epitome of a lipstick lesbian. That’s a term often used to describe lesbian and bisexual women who manifest a great amount of feminine attributes - such as wearing makeup, dresses, skirts, etc.

Melissa wears a sheer Zebra-printed dress that complements her shape by cinching right below her breasts, creating the illusion she is a couple of inches taller and giving shape to her body. The metallic sheen speaks for itself, saving your words for when people out on the street start complimenting you.

When asked who some of her fashion inspirations were, she mentioned Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief for Vogue Paris. “She is never overdressed and her monochromatic outfits make it easy for me to look to her for inspiration.”

It’s easy to see the influence Carine Roitfeld has on Melissa’s style. Both women are huge fans of tailored jackets, adding a bit of an attitude to your every day look - making gays cry out “WERQ IT, HONEY!” as you’re walking down gaytown. Or at least they should.

Looking stylish does not always mean going out and spending a fortune on new clothes. You might be surprised how your entire look changes by simply adding a printed scarf to your outfit!

So whether your fashion sense is more Miley Cyrus than Zooey Deschanel, just make sure it complements your best features! It’s all about exploring and playing around inside your room (but outside your bed).

You see? Not all lesbians go for that Justin Bieber look.

Christian Baez is an aspiring stylist, born and raised in San Diego. For business inquiries, he can be reached at Christiankid90@gmail.com or via Twitter @mrchristianbaez.

Captions for photos on the left

Top left: Carine Roitfeld outerwear includes this fabulous leather jacket.

Middle left: Melissa Garza, on the right, rocks a Zara scarf at a glam opening.

Bottom left: Melissa Garza looks chic even in casual dress.