I’ve been meaning to dedicate a post to our female readers for some time, and that time has finally come.
It’s no secret that menswear inspired looks are trending among fashionable women. What a great combo, bringing together two of my greatest passions: women and menswear – both of which can be hard to understand at times, but with some understanding can help bring out the best in a man.
For this post I decided to feature the very talented and super stylish Jenilee, whose personal style is always unique, interesting, thrifty, and most notably, menswear inspired. ”If you peeked into my closet you might think I was sharing it with a boyfriend or brother. Ties. Bucks. Tweed blazers. Braces. Cardigans. Etc.”
Influenced vs. authentic. “There is a difference between wearing men’s inspired clothing and actually wearing men’s clothing. I do both. And some of my favorite looks are a combination of the two. Don’t be afraid to wander into the men’s (or boy’s) department of any store or resale shop.”
Remember though, it’s masculine inspired, not just masculine. ”When wearing a heavily menswear-influenced outfit I usually try to mix it up with feminine items such as heels, skirts, jewlery or lipstick. Makeup and hair are easy areas to add a womanly touch – and remember good posture helps you look less like a man and more like a dainty woman.”
Here are some guidelines (not “rules”!) from Jenilee to help you pull-off menswear inspired outfits.
1. Button Up
“One of the easiest ways to make an outfit look more menswear inspired is to button the collar, while adding a chunky necklace can make the neckline look more delicate. Also, when wearing a men’s cardigan, be sure to pair it with form-fitting tailored pants or a skirt to avoid looking frumpy.”
- Shoes by Stuart Weitzman (gift from grandmother)
- Pearls by Target
- Ring (heirloom from grandmother)
- Shirt by Gap
- Men’s cardigan (gift from a friend)
- Navy pants by Paper Boy
- Hat by Penguin
- Bracelet by Banana Republic