Happy Pride 2013!

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We’ll be at Boston Pride this year representing the bois at the JP Block Party! The Boi’s Department will be selling our tees for $20 if you get them in person at the Block Party! There will be 4 incredible DJs spinning, drag to help benefit some awesome pooches that need homes (yes, there will be dogs there!), drinks served by various queer bartenders from such Boston area venues as Machine and Milky Way, and of course awesome queer-owned vendor, such as yours truly. We’ll see you there for a queer pride blast of awesomeness!!

JP Block Party

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6 NEW boi tees!

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Oh, boi! We’ve been busy creating some new t-shirt designs for you. We’ve decided to expand our line of t-shirts to give you more options and to let you know that we are still working to figure out how to provide you with more boi fashion.6 new boi tees!

The Boi Tees

They’re made for you. Each t-shirt is printed to not only fit you right, but also to let you wear what you feel. Our new line of boi tees will keep you trendy, ethical (most tees made ethically from American Apparel®), and help us find a way to bring you the clothes you’ve been waiting for. We even have a shirt for boi supporters everywhere. We really are thinking about you when we design these shirts, so make sure to give us feedback on what you think of them.

Check out our online store to buy yourself a brand new Boi Tee! Or come to one of our upcoming events to visit our merch table. Here’s a little bit about each new t-shirt. Click on a shirt below to find out more about it.

 

"Bois will be bois" v-neck boi tee

"Bois will be bois" v-neck boi tee

 

"My boi is greater than your boy" femmey tee (feminine fit)

"My boi is greater than your boy" femmey tee (feminine fit)

"Play boi" v-neck boi tee

"Play boi" v-neck boi tee

 

"Boi toy" boi tee

"Boi toy" boi tee

 

"Boi Options" boi tee

"Boi Options" boi tee

 

Oh, boi! Boi tee

"Oh, boi!" boi tee

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Exclusive Interview with Whitney Mixter from “The Real L Word”

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The Boi’s Department gets an exclusive interview with Whitney Mixter from Showtime’s “The Real L Word” at Lesbian Nightlife’s Fusion Pool Party to talk about queer fashion and how hard it is to find masculine fashion that fits. You get to see every second of the interview right here:

Thanks to Whitney Mixter from Showtime’s “The Real L Word” for taking the time away from all the drooling girls in wet t-shirts and giving us some great responses! We really appreciated it!

Thanks also to Lesbian Nightlife for letting us crash their party! Check them out here: http://www.lesbiannightlife.com

You can find “bois will be bois” t-shirts from The Boi’s Department and this video here: http://www.theboisdept.com/store

Don’t forget to take the queer fashion survey so you can contribute to our research that will soon benefit you!


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The Boi’s Department Investigates Queer Fashion at Fusion Pool Party

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The Boi’s Department covers the Fusion Pool Party to investigate how hard it is to find masculine fashion that fits. Special guest appearance by Whitney from Showtime’s ‘The Real L Word’.

Catch us at the last pool party of the season up in Maine!

You can find “bois will be bois” t-shirts from The Boi’s Department and this video here: http://www.theboisdept.com/store

Don’t forget to take the queer fashion survey so you can contribute to our research that will soon benefit you!

Appearances by the Candace Brooks Band. Check out their music here:
http://www.myspace.com/thecandacebrooksband

Thanks to Lesbian Nightlife for letting us crash their party! Check them out here: http://www.lesbiannightlife.com

Thanks also to Whitney Mixter from Showtime’s “The Real L Word” for taking the time away from all the drooling girls in wet t-shirts and giving us some great responses! We really appreciated it!


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Swim Suits That Suit (w/ Whitney from the Real L Word)

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The end of summer approaches, which also means swim suit season is almost over. Ah, what a relief. No more hiding a feminine bikini underneath our oversized t-shirts and board shorts. No more uncomfortable, wet cloth clinging to our skin. Sure, some of us don’t mind, or even enjoy, showing off our figures in a sports bra or bikini. But for those of us who would like to keep a masculine mystique, what are the options for swimwear? The Boi’s Department wanted to find out which suits suit you, so we asked around at Lesbian Nightlife’s Fusion pool party in Randolph, Massachusetts. We even got to chat with Whitney Mixter from Showtime’s reality spin-off The Real L Word! We’ll have the full interview with her up next week where she tells us what bugs her about trying to find boi clothes!

The main complaint we hear is that there are no masculine bathing suits for women on the market, period. It’s sad but true. Many bois want full coverage and do not feel comfortable settling for a bikini top. Bra-like bikini tops aren’t exactly the image of masculinity. So one solution is to wear a one-piece with a pair of board shorts on top. Hurley, Roxy, Billabong, O’Neill, Volcom, Rip Curl, Gander Mountain, and Oakley all make board shorts specifically for women: Hurley’s ‘Phantom Girl’ and ‘Slam Dunk’ board short, Roxy’s ‘Reef’ shorts and ‘Premium’ board short, Volcom’s ‘Foster Gal’ board short, and Rip Curl’s ‘Love and Surf’ board short are great options because they are neither too long nor too short. They each come in a few colors too.

Pair your boi board shorts with a tankini top. They work well if you want to sport a tank top look that is water resistant. There are gender neutral colors and cuts that downplay any femininity while offering you comfortable coverage and support. For us bigger busted bois, however, it is difficult to find a supportive underwire that is not feminine. For some strange reason, the assumption is if you have boobs you must be a girl, and a feminine girl.

Cotton tanks work well to wear as cover ups or to wear over swimwear in the water too. But it is important to remember that materials like cotton will droop and cling if you wear it in the water, so opt for something with some nylon or spandex in it like the North Face’s Cayenne racer back sport’s tank.

Also, check this out: ftm.underworks.com offers a ‘Concealer Chest Binding Compression Swimsuit.’ It seems to be made with men in mind, but it claims to bind your chest, shape your body, offer SPF 5o protection, and even has an inner pouch for your, uh, package.

So swim-suit up bois!

Tell us more about where you find swimwear. What are other issues you have with swim suits?  We’ll be following this article up with a video of some real live people and how they deal with styling their bodacious beach bods. Check back in with us later this week for the video update!

Swimsuits Optional beyond this kitty point


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