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HauteButch (HB)! Vegas! Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival* (PSWJF)! Put them all together and you have a happily handsome and hard-to-forget happening. 

On September 29, at the South Point Hotel south of the Vegas strip, Lucy & Gail celebrated the Jazz Festival’s Big 15th anniversary, and generously hosted HB’s runway show at their Fashion Lunch.

From either side of the runway/funway, a delicious time was had by all. We dined on our shared lesbian energy and enthusiasm. 

Gail Christian, Karen Roberts and Lucy DeBardelaban: HauteButch meets Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival!

I interviewed Gail and got the following answers:

Q: What was your favorite part of the HauteButch fashion show at the Las Vegas gathering of your PSWJF?

A: I think what made the fashion show special was the presentation. A fashion luncheon with a stage and a runway gives the feel of Fashion Week presentations of top-name designers in NY and LA. The rather elegant setting gave the clothes and the models an upscale atmosphere that made them all the more impressive. It is easier to sell a $100 shirt when you are in a $100 setting.

Q: What did you like about our clothing?

A: Personally, I loved the shirts. I can never find shirts with the right sleeve length.

Q: What do you see as links between HB and PSWJF? 

A: We both market our wares to the same market, Lesbians. HB sells a product and we sell an experience. It would be nice to work together again sometime. Our audience loved the connection. 

Q: Any other comments?

A: In the future what might be a nice touch would be to put feminine women in 6-inch heels in suits and ties. It is an “in” look that is very sexy.

Talk about gender fluidity! Elegance! Mutual admiration! Maybe even moments of love! A perfect fit! The poetry jam and The Red Party! Cross-fertilization of HauteButch and the Gail&Lucy family!

Let’s hear loud lively lesbian applause for HB Founder/CEO/Designer Karen Roberts, and her wife Michelle Porter.

And a big, big thank-you to Operations Manager Danette Sheppard-Vaughn,  Mistress of Ceremonies with a powerfully dramatic singing voice. 

And high-fives to Nik, who helped fit and rehearse our HB models: Jackson, Maria, Kodii, Sheila, Xena, Shane, and me, Rita.

And gratitude to Sharon Hawthorne, HauteButch Investor and our videographer.

*Contact Palm Springs Women’s Jazz festival at:

Extra factoids: “Las Vegas” translates as “the meadows.” Artesian wells made the valley green, and fed the Las Vegas Wash, which runs to the Colorado River. 

Wild horses and burros run free in Red Rock Canyon, just west of Vegas. Consider that as you spin and glitter in the flashing neon casinos.

See us live on the runway at YouTube!

      We want to hear your applause! PLEASE LEAVE US A COMMENT!

[Scroll down for my previous HB articles: dating (parts 1&2), neckwear grammar, shirt architecture, butch fashion her-story, tomboy types, butch sailors, butch baby boomers, butch runway review — all in retro butch writer Courier font.] 


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HAUTE BUTCH: Dapper Dating, Part 2

HauteButch can guarantee successful dates for you. We have begun to explore this in “Dapper Dating, Part 1.” Now, let’s look at some nitty-gritty how-to Dating Tips for Girls. 

How to find dates: 

  • online, via OK Cupid or
  • speed-dating parties (musical chairs with eligible strangers)
  • blind dates, getting “fixed-up”
  • “double-date” with a buddy; ride in the back seat  
  • search for your one-and-only, or “play the field” anytime and anyplace. (So, always look snappy in HB!)

Be prepared for a date:

  Order HauteButch items in advance and have them happily ready in your closet, shirts paired with ties paired with vests. 

Dating courtesy:

  • Do not be late for your very important date. Sit up straight with your newsboi cap on your knee, in the polite parlor with the stern chaperone; wait for your Date to make a grand entrance. Stand and bow. Stand and model.
  • Beforehand, put Uber on your phone, load your Clipper card, or wash your car, with your belt-buckle on the side, like James Dean, so as not to scratch your Chevy. Preview the directions on your GPS. Do not get lost on the way to the double-feature and the malt shop and the late-nite lover’s lane.

Dating chemistry:

A date is either a wild success, or a complete and total flop. Spike up that chemical mixture with a sizzling HB outfit.

Stages of Serious Dating:

Spark of interest, approach, flirting, asking for friends’ advice, first date, more dates, Going Steady (or unsteady), Popping the Question, engagement, wedding (Tying the Knot), staying married happily-ever-after. 

U-Haul dating technique:

See her, like her, date her, get her, bed her. The next morning, move in with her, merge with her, marry her, live in bliss together forever-and-evermore.

Stages of recreational dating:

Bachelorettes flirt, date, gyrate on one-night stands. Then repeat. And repeat again.

Non-dating option:

Staying unattached is a perfectly valid choice, too. Solo or coupled, HB will keep you cool and stylish. 

However your dating rolls, an HauteButch outfit will make you confident, poised, and so very suave. 

We are so completely and happily here for you. Do leave us a COMMENT, please!


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HAUTE BUTCH: Dapper Dating, Part 1

If you are reading this, chances are you have an interest in clothing style. Indeed, do you harbor a passion for fashion?

If you like what you see here, please LEAVE A COMMENT!

And we cordially invite you to shop HauteButch! We are here for you.

Now let’s examine how to Dress for Dating, and how HauteButch can help you dress for success.

Question: What exactly is a “date,” anyway? 

(a)sweet oblong fruit of the tropical date palm tree   

(b) day of the week, month, year    

(c) occasion to “go out with” somebody, to court them  

Answer: all of the above, but we will focus on (c), the romantic option.

Particularly as tomboys, we dress for comfort. We dress for self-image. And we dress for social reasons: we clothe our bodies to communicate and to attract. Clothing emanates signals, and an HB outfit is a girl-magnet.

   Like peacocks, our colors flash flamboyant, especially when we are hunting for a date. Or a mate!

HauteButch offers fashionistas that flash, that flavor, that fever-pitch of gorgeous tomboy individualized style. If you want to signal HOT,assemble an ensemble from our broad and bold collection.

Note to BabyBoomers: You will relate to the following nostalgic section. In a nutshell, here’s how I’ve dressed for dating in my checkered lesbian career:

(dates approximate – around 1954) In my plaid flannel-lined dungarees, I fell in love with my third-grade teacher when she opened her Saturday apartment door holding a big paintbrush and wearing her husband’s big white shirt.

(1964) I dressed identically with my first beatnik BFF (R.I.P.): Mick Jagger olive green wide-wale corduroys and oxblood Bass Weejun penny loafers with emergency dimes in the slots.

(1967) With my first lover in college, I transgressed in my out-of-control hippie Janis Joplin hair, wrinkled red flannel shirt, baggy denim overalls and moccasins.

(1970) Every Saturday night, my religion was disco dancing (while smoking cigarettes and more) in skin-tight polyester shirts, off-white painter’s pants and platform sandals.

(skip to 1990) San Francisco head-to-toe black licorice leather, or Levi shrink-to-fit 501s, with holes in all the right places

(1994)Levi’s, sans the leather, and retro boy’s striped polo shirts

(2018) I discover HauteButch, boy clothes that fit girls’ bodies! Finally, I am Tailored. What you wear will get you noticed. Turn heads wearing HB’s women’s menswear. See and be seen. Be seen and be heard, in HauteButch. 

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HAUTE BUTCH: The Grammar of Neckwear

Let’s look at an HauteButch outfit as an elegant composition. We’ll start with punctuation. (I am a writer who worships punctuation. Read this and you too might fall for the forward-slash and semi-colon of neckwear.)

The HB bowtie is a soft silky horizontal. It is a friendly, perky, cute and dandy hyphen – a short sweet little connecting mark.

The HB necktie, on the other hand, is an absolute vertical. It makes a bold, confident and proud exclamation-mark!

57 inches long (untied) and 2 skinny inches wide, HB’s necktie plunges from Adam’s apple (or rather Eve’s apple) to navel. An arrow pointing sure and true towards the belt line, its southernmost tip leads the eye downward to the happy adventurous zone beneath the trouser’s fly.


Just how is an HB garment designed? HauteButch originator Karen Roberts speaks of “editing” articles of clothing. Let’s trace this creative process: idea-spark, brain-storm, blank slate, rough sketch, sleeping-on-it, sharpening and polishing, and there you are. 

Be cuddly in a “Cotton Candy” knit tie.  Master the Windsor knot. Show off your sartorial expertise when tying Four-in-Hands backwards in a mirror. No baby clip-on bowties or neckties here.

Or, simply strap on the bamboo “Knock on Wood” bowtie, and be an ecological conversation piece.Whether tying the wedding knot with your Significant Other or gaily enjoying a happy-go-lucky, no-strings-attached bachelorhood, you can choose from HB’s 43 neckties and 65 bowties and be glad.

You will surely fall in love with HauteButch! Period.

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HAUTE BUTCH: Architecture of the Shirt

Hello, out there in internetville, cyberland! We want to hear from you. Please LEAVE A COMMENT if you feel HauteButch and this blog are Fun with a capital F. 

The Shirt is HauteButch’s signature clothing item. Each piece in HB’s Shirt Bar represents the company’s carefully considered design, exquisite attention to detail, hybrid of nostalgic and futuristic styles and sturdy, sensible manufacture. 

Karen Roberts, HauteButch Founder/CEO/Designer, curates the HB collection with loving care. Look at a shirt inside-out: see the durable construction. Even the interior looks neat. Look at one close up or at a distance: be astonished and astonishing from any angle. Each is a butch masterpiece.

A shirt crafted by HauteButch has a life of its own. Each has a graceful, well-built body which will fit your body. The shirt’s anatomy and yours insist on sharing intimate conversations. 

Do you need a tuxedo shirt for New Year’s Eve, or for your Academy Award and Nobel Prize ceremonies? HB offers you delicious choices.

The Garçon Tomboy Wingtip Tuxedo Shirt, in black or white poplin, features a “fly front placket and curved hem, with an inverted center box pleat in the back.” (Even their descriptions are handsome, elegant and carefully sculpted.) 

Bubble Gum Cufflinks

The French cuffs yearn for cufflinks, and the wingtip collars whisper “bowties.” HB’s jewelry includes biker cufflinks, bubble gum 

cufflinks, timekeeper cufflinks and more. Select from 66 kinds of silk or rayon bowties, floral, polka-dotted or plaid. Some come with comely but not cumbersome cummerbunds and pretty pocket squares.

Another formal shirt is HB’s Garçon Contrast Tuxedo Shirt with yet another yummy description: “… black/white Houndstooth trim applied to interior collar band … contrasting bib shape and fabric … single button contrasting Italian Tab cuffs … rounded hem.” In this shirt you will discover delightful surprises.

For a studious preppy look, check out the Westpointe Shirt. It comes in a sharp and smart windowpane pattern, and the red-and-white option has practical elbow patches for those long evenings writing at your desk.

The Quartermaster Pastel Button Down comes in tasty colors, such as spicy ginger, a hue which is almost a softened earthy chartreuse.

Even the names of HB’s shirts surprise, zing and pop. Here is a sample: Charlie, Foxtrot, Battalion, Citadel, Bravo, Liberty and Bohemian.

Now, shirt terminology has me reaching for my dictionary: split-yoke, mitered cuff, barrel cuffs, whale-back and toggle-back cufflinks, foulard, jacquard, chambray, bird’s eye fabric, point or spread or club or cutaway collars, non-fused interlining, lock stitch, shank buttons, sleeve-head, pocket mouths, finishes and more.

Wrapping it up, HauteButch can dress you in everything from headgear to footwear, from underwear to wedding attire. (Be sure to wear HB honeymoon briefs under your tuxedo.)

Are you a necktie type or a bowtie type, or do you cross-tie? Casual? Go for HB’s tanks, tees, shorts, joggers and hoodies. Dressier? Shop HB’s suit jackets, slacks and generous selection of vests. Super fancy? HB offers you silk neckwear, suspenders and accessories galore.

And shirts! HB’s shirt gallery begs to be explored.

Clothes do indeed make the (hu)man. Buy an HauteButch outfit and feel yourself become three inches taller, gliding and glowing with a new proud and confident walk.

And again, we cordially invite you to LEAVE A COMMENT!

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HAUTE BUTCH: History/Her-story/Them-story of Butch Fashion

HauteButch is a pioneer, a trail-blazer, a trend-setter and a front-runner on the vanguard of butch fashion. HB defines contemporary. HB is very Now.

But, HauteButch also has deep roots in our butch apparel history. So, let’s start at the beginning of the beginning, romping through our power-girl fashion herstory. Let’s dig our own butch archeology.

(My chronology here might be a bit off. But you’ll get my drift.)

Stone Age figurines of stone-butch Venuses stand proud of their ample and gloriously naked bodies.  
The Venus of Willendorf (circa 23,000 B.C.E.) wears nothing but her Power and a braided or beaded cap, the prototype of the beanie.

Ancient goddesses like Athena and Isis were seen wearing warrior mohawk helmets, sexy draped muscle-robes and easy-on easy-off sandals, early versions of stomping combat boots. 

Our amazon ancestors sported accessories: bows and arrows, double-axes, snakes, staffs and whips. Instead of appetizers, these bull-dykes carried plenty of stag’s horns to their stag parties. In the torchlight, titillated by dancing girls bursting out of giant Lesbos cakes, they hunted and gathered each other’s steaming company.

Sappho, following the well-heeled goddesses, wore sensible sandals and gay violet loose and unrestrictive tunics while wooing her adoring girls with her power and her poems. 

And let’s not forget the first Garden of Eden, where Eve, our original sinner, wore a fig-leaf and a blush.

Jump ahead to 1930s Paris, where Gertrude Stein drove her Ford convertible named “Auntie”, with Alice B. Toklas riding nervous shotgun,
petting one of their series of white standard poodles all named “Basket.” Larger-than-life Gertrude wore a fedora, tweed suits, satin vests and blue-and-white unmentionables. Her full figure would
look astonishingly handsome in an HauteButch outfit. 

Then we have Marlene Dietrich (who, by the way, was originally Maria Magdalene von Losch, a sir-name I share). In “Morocco”, pansexual in white tie, tails and cocky top hat, she topped the cabaret audience by stealing a kiss from another woman.

Not to mention Katherine Hepburn — who cross-dressed as a child — in her mannish gabardine slacks, which blew apart Hollywood’s binary gender wardrobe categories.

Today, K.D. Lang’s baggy three-piece white suit does not fit her as well as HB women’s men’s Cream Wool Tuxedo Pants would. 

And, our Ellen DeGeneres wears blazers and untucked white wing-collar shirts — nearly as sharp as HB’s Garçon Wingtip Tuxedo Shirt.

Coming full circle from our pre-herstory, HB knows that their fans get dolled-up as buffed Ken, not skinny Barbie in her dangerous rocket-bra. Look into the archetypal butch closet: you will not find girdles, petticoats, frocks, tutus or muu-muus. You might see a man-Friday’s Sunday best or their Tuesday best. You won’t find any panties, but you surely will come upon HB truncs.

So, remembering your inner caveperson: hunt for HB fair game and gather your bulls-eyed items. Take them to your stag parties! The time to shop and buy HauteButch is now!


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HAUTE BUTCH: Tomboy? Cowboy? Schoolboy?

What kind of tomboy are you? HauteButch has classic or edgy togs for any tomboy or tomgirl. 

How do you roll? In the fast lane or on the shoulder? Are you a supersonic rocket, quick as the speed of thought, barely keeping up with your smart, snappy, swift and swaggering self? Do you get where you’re going lickety-split? Or — do you saunter slowly and steadily, leisurely strolling along the festive promenade which is your very gay life?

Hooligan bully-boy or goody-two-shoes? Are you a rough-and-ready, rough-and-tumble, roughhousing ruffian roughneck? Brazen, brash, blunt and downright cocky? Or —  are you a smooth, shy, serene, sweet and soft gentlewoman butch?

Are you a straight-arrow tomboy, or is your trajectory curvy, or kinky? Do you wear a crewcut no-hawk, or a mohawk? HauteButch can dress you in button-down broadcloth or faux leather.

Are you a joking tomfoolery tomboy, toying with shenanigans and monkeyshines? Or, do you profess to be a serious scholar, studying the subtle seduction of fellow Poindexters?

Do you dress up or dress down? Dress left or right? Dress to the nines, or come-as-you-are? Tuxedo with tails or tee shirt? Spats or flip-flops? Top hat or snap cap? Derby or beanie? Tweeds or dungarees? Is your deep tomboy Tom, Dick or Harry?

Is your tomboy yang or yin? Heavyweight or featherweight? Guttersnipe or crown prince? Loud tom-tom tomboy, or quietly quotidian questioning queer? Nocturnal tomcat or sunshine kitty-cat?

So… if your inner tomboy is topsy-turvy, turning every which way, inside-out or upside-down: stand with arms akimbo and buy HauteButch!

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HAUTE BUTCH: Anchors Away, My Boi’s!

All hands on deck! Heave ho! Don’t be a landlubber: get wet, but steady as she goes! Full speed ahead!

Look closely, and you’ll see that HauteButch’s branding has a distinct but subtle nautical edge. Is this because HB’S Founder/CEO/Designer Karen Roberts happens to be a Navy veteran with exquisite attention to detail? 

There’s something about a girl-boy in uniform: hard and even soft sailors have a butch edge. This oceanic influence allows gender-fluid individuals to sail wildly on the Seven Seas of fashion freedom. HB certainly is a pacific paradise of mariner’s merchandise.

Look at some of the edgy but comfy harborside gear HB does so gallantly wave at us: 

While on shore leave, exploring hot ports of call with your boi’s, how about wearing an Anchors Aweigh Navy Necktie for those dress-up occasions? Or, why not sport a Fish Out of Water Necktie with its cartoon-fishbone design?

For a steaming tropical evening, put on a cool HB short-sleeved Charlie Shirt and coast along. In HB’s apparel, swagger while navigating your way through festive parties, cruising for mermaids/mermen who drop to their knees for you. 

Got a weekend off, slathered with sunscreen on a white-sand beach? Slip into your Rockaway Boardshorts paired with a Skipper Tee — and hang ten shooting those curls on oceans white with foam, over the bounding main!

Grab your HauteButch Commander Ring and you command attention. Those guys and dolls will stand and salute.

What HB lovingly borrows from the Navy are the names of so many of their pieces. Consider: Annapolis tomboy shirt, Aviator vest, Battalion shirt, Fleet jacket, Garrison vest, Liberty shirt, Master Chief shirt, Port Side shirt, Purple Majesty bowtie, Quartermaster button down, Reveille shirt, Trident shirt, Westpointe shirt.

At HB fashion shows, flotillas of happily handsome models saunter to the edge of the runway-pier. These fellows are proud perky figureheads on the HauteButch flagship, which is a superdreadnought on the fathomless sea of futuristic fashion. 

Are you an Orphan Andy sailor-boy in short pants with an all-day sucker? Or, are you Popeye the Sailor Man proudly spouting “I yam what I yam?”

Are you built like an Italian battle ship, or a sleek atomic submarine? HB can suit your size; its bespoke items fit and enhance that body which is perfect — because it’s yours!

HauteButch ships inland and offshore. HB ships shipshape stuff directly to you shapely sailors. Ship ahoy, mates! Suit up and buy HauteButch!



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HAUTE BUTCH: Fashion Paradise for Butch Baby Boomers

Talking about my generation:

HauteButch (HB) is deliciously sexy to us Butch Baby Boomers (BBB’s). Born between 1945 to 1964, we now range in age from 54 to 73 — if my neanderthal arithmetic is right. We need the exquisite Comfort and Style offered by Haute Butch. And, our demographic is generally able and willing to pay for clothes that so perfectly match our bodies and our tastes.

After decades distinguishing fashion do’s from fashion maybe’s from fashion don’ts, Boomers know what we want. Our personal aesthetic is well developed. 

From head to toe, stylish physical comfort comes first. Try these HauteButch pieces:

•hats that fit over our flat-tops, keeping us cool (Prince houndstooth tomboy cap) or warm (knitted wool beanie in navy blue or army tan, or black, white or wine)


•shirts that are neither too tight nor too loose (cotton Liberty sport shirt, red&white checkered like a retro picnic tablecloth, or Aviator vest with or without darts)


•suspenders that span flat torsos or prominent racks (crimson onyx multi-stripe — delicious words to describe tasty duds)


•underwear that fits our hips (blue secret butch surprise “truncs” ranging from small to 3X)


•shoes that look slim but are roomy enough in the toe-box to walk across cities (Greyson Lace-up Canvas Derby high-tops) 

Oh, and don’t forget those accessible accessories — cufflinks, watches, sunglasses.

HauteButch offers us clothing that respects our individual height and weight and age. 

Comfort is not just physical: HB’s wardrobes consider — in invisible but significant ways — psychological, emotional and social comfort.

And Style! Both traditional and contemporary, timeless and timely, HB’s items encompass personal and collective styles.

Boomer girl-guys helped start our tribe: we are among its founding mothers and its cornerstones. Newer generations stand on our broad shoulders; they also keep us grounded and modern and they refresh our vocabulary. 

HB’s andro/homo/genderfree fashion creates a two-way fluidity that spans generations. HB’s gorgeous handsome merchandise cross-fertilizes Boomers and Millennials at either endless end of our quirky spectrum. HB inspires us to respect and learn from each other. 

Not all butch fashionistas are in their fresh-faced 20s. Some of us are veteran dykes, quasi-retirees whose blood pulses to Buddy Holly and Elvis. Our younger sisters are randy stud clothes-ponies, but we are fully grown clothes-horses, forever wild mustangs now eating well in plush pastures.

So, keep your finger on the pulse of HauteButch. And reach for your HB Cowhide Rocker Wallet.

Oh, and please LEAVE US A COMMENT!

[Scroll down for my previous HB article, “Hot and Cool: A Rave Review” — in retro butch writer Courier font.] 


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Pink is the New Black

We begin at Pride

As you know from a previous blog post, I went to Chicago Pride this weekend. They had a booth giving out free Pride hats – blue, pink, and green.

“What color would you like?” The hat guy asked.

“Pink,” I said.

I had spent 20 minutes in line debating what color I was going to get, blue or green. And then at the moment of truth, “pink” pops up out of nowhere.

I blinked. The hat guy blinked. The butch a few people back in line blinked about three times. The young man right behind me also got a pink hat.

“I just came out three months ago,” he told me as we stood there admiring our matching hats. “I’m getting pink everything to bug my parents.”

I’m not trying to bug anybody. I just felt like pink was the right color at that moment.

What does this mean?

I’m learning to embracing the more delicate side of myself. For the longest time, I tried to be feminine and fit into the straight role that was laid out for me and that I adopted myself as an adult.

Then when I came out and could finally be butch, I felt weird wearing pink. I didn’t want anything low cut, too form-fitting – anything that accentuated curves had to go.

I feel like pink gets a bad rap from butches sometimes. Known as a more feminine color, it tends to turn off some butches, myself included.

But as I am finding my way in the world, I don’t feel like I have to be anyone other than who I really am.

HauteButch does pink

And then I came across HauteButch, the brand that seems tailor-made for me. I could be happy in just about every single piece of clothing HB has, accessories included.

Guess what? HauteButch has a lot of pink items for us. You can get a shirt that is all pink, or maybe just start small with a bow tie sporting pink accents.

The beauty of it is you can find what feels just right for just you. That’s all that matters. Find your style and own it. HauteButch is here for you. We got this.

And so here I go

Can I finally get some of those pink suspenders? Please and thank you. Because hey – I look good in pink, yo. It brings out the pink in my cheeks.

Pretty sure what with my short hair, no makeup, and strut, I can wear any color, even pink, and never be mistaken for anything other than who I am – me.

Are you with me?

Let’s hear your opinion. Do you wear pink? Why or why not? Don’t leave me hanging, fam!