Last week’s post about menswear felt very much boys club with a couple of blazers that would fit right in at a country club. This week the outfits are still built around a few masculine pieces but with color palettes and fabrics that are very feminine. Menswear inspired pieces are such a large part of the modern woman’s wardrobe, and women are wearing these types of pieces so often that to really stand out as going for that menswear vibe you can’t just wear a blazer or a pair of slacks, you need multiple pieces. The first outfit features cropped trousers and penny loafer style shoes, both of which obviously call back to a man’s closet. But when you pair these pieces with a chunky knit sweater it softens the look into something more obviously feminine. The second outfit is all about the relaxed blazer and wide leg trouser combination. While blazers and trousers are menswear style pieces, the relaxed shape of the blazer and wider leg pant aren’t your typical men’s workwear shapes, and blur the masculinity of the outfit. If you like these trouser combinations but really want to make them lady-like, go for relaxed shapes and fabrics, and color palettes in softer hues or jewel tones. The point is that taking traditionally masculine pieces and playing off them with classic feminine accents and styles can be very flattering and a lot of fun.
One of the best things about relaxed fit trousers is that they are versatile. This particular outfit would be a great comfy choice for a holiday party with family or even to the office. It’s an understated, cozy look with cropped tweed pants, a fleecy gray/brown sweater, and a pinkish tan pea-coat. To keep things from being too casual, I’ve added some classic black flats, moderately gaudy gold jewelry, and a unique black flannel purse. If you’re looking to dress up the look, wear some T-strap pumps and a silky blouse. For extra warmth and more along the lines of menswear style, how about some fun socks?
These pants are straight out of my mom’s closet…ok well maybe her closet in 1975. That’s the thing about wide leg trousers, they’ll always come back. They’re just too fun, too dramatic, and one of the two quintessential menswear pieces (the blazer is the other). For this look I doubled down on the 70s style pieces with a relaxed velvet blazer that helps to dress the look up a bit. To add a splash of color I went with a wine colored silky tank and a floral clutch. Beautiful luxe bow pointed flats, an oversized gold watch, and some unique accent jewelry add some more fun to a look that already guarantees you’ll be the center of attention.
– Julia of Style and Cheek