The real-life ‘Boy in the Dress,’ fashion model Connor Keaney loves dressing up. The 26-year-old from Kings Norton, Birmingham, has always enjoyed finding cute and gorgeous dresses to wear because he feels more confident that way.
Connor came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community since he was 16 but never felt confident.
“I hid how I wanted to dress,” he admitted. But as time changes, more influential figures are coming out with their unorthodox fashion preferences. Breaking the gendered colors and clothing, Connor could feel the likes of Harry Styles allowing him to express himself more openly.
It was 2 years ago when he started to mix and matched all kinds of outfits that most would classify as ‘feminine.’
He shares that he wears size 8-10 in women’s clothing and said that it was his mother, Bridget Keaney, who first got him into secondhand, high-end fashion shopping. It began with charity shops when he was a kid as the family was struggling. Connor admitted that he used to feel embarrassed about wearing secondhand items as the kids would call him a ‘tramp.’
“But now I totally respect and appreciate it,” he continued. “She worked hard… and was a trailblazer in this way.”
Connor shared that as he got into vintage fashion, he started exploring charity shops again. It was during one of these trips when he found perfectly new brand shoes for only £4.
That was how Connor began going to various charity shops to fill in his wardrobe.
He calls himself the real-life character from David Walliams’ children’s book, ‘Boy in the Dress.’
It’s just unfortunate that the fashion icon doesn’t always know the origin of the clothes – many of them had no labels or tags that identify where they were bought from!
Connor would also go shopping with his drag friends. When he’s on a city break, the charity shops would easily fall into his must-visit list.
But this doesn’t mean Connor only do drag – like he said, clothes are just clothes!
Limiting your wardrobe choices to gendered colors and shapes is so 1990. Connor believes in a future where all clothes will be “unisex.” First, pants were only invented after that 10th century, and men back then didn’t really mind not wearing them. Why be bothered now?