I drew some of this for a Q&A on the official Leif & Thorn Tumblr. (If you want miscellaneous background details and fourth-wall-breaking mini-gags, check out the whole set!) When the topic kept getting interest, I figured it deserved to be promoted to a full-fledged Thorn Explains.
Leif: Is my fashion sense as feminine by Ceanska standards as it is in Sønheim?
Thorn: Uh . . . what’s “femin-ish” to Sønheim?
Leif; Skirts, mostly.
Thorn; And, wait, how strict is this?
Leif: For casual clothes, not strict at all. But when you get into formal situations . . . an outfit like this is frowned-on for men, even though it’s respectable for women. You could call my style “feminine to a socially appropriate extent.”
Thorn: Hang on. I’ve seen your ambassador wearing a dress on fancy occasions.
Leif: No, no, that’s a robe. It’s completely different.
“butch” “casual” “cute” “dapper” “femme”
(*very loose English translations)
Thorn: Ceannic styles are mostly categorized by fanciness. Nothing is, ah, “inappropriate” based on gender. Some styles are more popular with women, but I can’t think of anything that’s never worn by men. (Or vice versa.)
Or even anything that’s only worn by men when they feel . . . disconnected from their genders. Is that a thing? It could be a thing. I mean, what do I know from gender theory.
These are basic tunic-and-leggings outfits. Worn by everyone. No special “feminish” or “masculesque” features.
Leif: This isn’t the same one I was wearing. No lace or poofy sleeves.
Thorn: Yeah, those are details that the ladies are usually more into, I think. But in Ceannic it sounds most natural to just call this style “cute.”