Fashion at its best conveys a sense of contradiction; I think it's because women are inherently contradictory. We like to be taken care of, but want you to know we can take care of ourselves. We are nurturing but tough. We love the color blue, and then we're over it. None of this fall's trends captures the essence of that juxtaposition better than the clothes that are Menswear Inspired.
The menswear portion of the trend shows up in classic male pieces like suit vests, trousers, starchy button-down shirts, and in textures like wool, silk and cashmere. The inspired part? It's all woman. It's taking that starchy button-down and adding an extremely feminine ruffle down the front, then pulling that suit vest on over it. Take the standard menswear trouser and make the leg a little wider, the silhouette a little softer and floatier - now, that's inspiration!
Take a look in your closet and see if you can come up with a few of these menswear-inspired combinations:
- Cashmere (or any very light, soft fabric) sweater + denim trousers + wool covered heel
- Crisp button down shirt + tailored blazer + jean skirt + dark tights and heels
- Slouchy trouser pants + silk shirt + long scarf (to evoke that modern, necktie feel)