Fall Fashion Guide. How to Wear Menswear, Like a Woman. Second City Style Fashion Blog

September 4, 2006 • Fashion

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Menswear-inspired clothes are back again. Here is how to make the look work for you.

By Lauren Dimet for Suite 101

Anyone one can carry off fall’s menswear look. It’s all about proportions.

Menswear is back with a vengeance this fall, but make no mistake, the
is sleek and feminine. Prints like — houndstooth, plaids, checks, and
pinstripes abounded on the fall fashion runways. This season designers
like Alexander
McQueen, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Yves Saint
Laurent, Peter Som and
Robert Rodriguez chose oversized patterns, and even mixed prints. Plaid
was cut into traditional suits, worked
into knits and sometimes even splashed onto silks and satins for
evening wear.

In order to pull this look
off successfully, keep in mind the clothes must be femininely tailored and the proportions correct. Look
for portrait-collared jackets mixed with a wide, slouchy pant (think Katherine
Hepburn).  Menswear-inspired vests have also
made a comeback. Pair them with tie-neck or high-neck blouses. Jackets
are structured and nipped in at the waist. Even the footwear that accompanies
the menswear look is tough-but-feminine. Opt for two-toned boots or booties or
a stacked heel platform. Remember: loose on the bottom, means fitted on top.

Should this style not play off your attributes, try a menswear fedora style hat
or plaid scarf. In real life, you may want to skip the matchy-matchy look and
concentrate on wearing one bold menswear pattern or piece at a time.

Menswear Fall Fashion

  • Wide-leg pants
  • Fitted jackets
  • Vests
  • Feminine blouses (ruffle,
    tie-neck, white)
  • Two-tone boots or platform
  • Long gold necklaces,
  • Tweed fedora hat
  • Wide belts
    (worn at the ribcage)
  • Long
    leather gloves

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