Vintage Trend: Menswear For The Ladies

July 29, 2013 • Magazine, Vintage


It’s OK to raid your beau’s closet this season (or your dad if you’re flying solo these days). Menswear for the ladies has been all the rage for the past several seasons and was pretty consistent on the fall 2013 runways. This trend can be a little nod to the fellows in the form of a casual oxford shoe or bowler hat with your favorite floral top or it can be full out masculine chic as you rock your lady tux at your next black tie event. Either way, I’m a big fan of the trend that dares to be different and lets us play dress up in a whole new way.

Menswear has come a long way since the YSL Le Smoking tuxedo suit in the 1960s and it began to pick up popularity again in the 1980s when women started to wear imposing shoulder pads, oversized tops, and button-up shirts similar to their male counterparts. Needless to say, this was just the beginning. The power suit quickly surfaced on both men and women with its highly defined shoulders and structured, pleated pants. Pairing these with a comfy pair of lace-up (and I must say comfy) oxfords and the ladies of the time proved to be the masters of androgyny.

Of course the structure and style of menswear has changed and women of the new millennium have much better options (in my opinion!) to achieve this look. Today the cuts are more slimming and flattering, yet the masculine feel remains. Even the most girly of girls can dabble in a pleated pant; style it with a little silk top, a string of pearls and a killer heel and she can walk with confidence checking this trend off of her list.

1. Vintage 1990s Trilby Hat, $18.92
2. Elle Saab Fall 2013 RTW, NYMag
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Draped Pocket Trousers, $375
4. Vintage 90s Suspender Jumpsuit, $58
5. Gianni Versace Vintage Suit, $623.91
6. Steve Madden Caril Oxford, $129.95
7. Armani Collezioni Long Milano Jersey Jacket, $839

– Carmen Turner

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