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If you’ve been a longtime follower of TSBmen, you certainly remember Jenilee Thornton.
She was the first person I ever “hired” (as a photography intern) back when the site was small peanuts and desperately needed some artistic direction. She believed in the concept early on and it was her enthusiasm that really encouraged me take the site seriously and grow it into a full-time gig.
I knew she was the right person to bring on. Not only was she smart and talented, she also had inspiring personal style and wore almost exclusively menswear. “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.”
After a summer of dramatic growth with the site she went back down South to finish her studies, but before leaving introduced me to another photographer: her friend Alex.
“Last I was on the site I was living in Nashville finishing school, after which I gravitated back toward menswear. About two years ago I took a position at Taylor Stitch, a menswear brand making all our clothes here in San Francisco. I have been juggling customer service, online and custom operations, all around problem solving and loving it! Though San Francisco took me some time to adjust, I’ve been enjoying a new culture, a new job, and consequently a new-ish wardrobe.”
Here Jenilee shows us how her “feminine menswear” style has adjusted to the West Coast.
1. Vintage Blackwatch
There is a surprising amount of cross-over in men’s and women’s fashion.
Lately I’ve been finding alot of my inspiration (color palettes, fabric-mixing, accessories styling, etc.) from womenswear, which has far less “restriction” and far more innovation. On the other hand, our female readership on TSB remains strong as women continue to draw inspiration from us gents.
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. Ladies: don’t be afraid to wander into the men’s (or boy’s) department of any store or resale shop.”
“I have to say, I was pretty bummed to hear Rugby was closing their doors. I love the way their button down shirts fit! Luckily, I have this one in my possession and I’m not letting it go!
The blackwatch jacket was picked up from a thrift store in Dallas for $11 and, after some master tailoring, one of my favorite coats was born.”
We’ve featured some sexy footwear on the site, but these captoe brogues might take the cake.
- Vintage Blackwatch Blazer by Ralph Lauren (tailored to fit)
- Wool Camel Pants by Jcrew
- Purple Oxford Cloth Women’s Shirt by Rugby
- Brown Leather Belt by Jcrew
- Sunglasses by Persol
- Horween Carolina Brown Clutch by Mr. Hide Leather Sundries
- Brown Leather high heeled wingtips by Cole Haan