We have to admit there plenty of components of both classic and contemporary menswear that we envy. From crisp French cuffs with chic cufflinks, perfectly tailored suiting, dapper outerwear, and even smaller details like neckties and pocket squares, suspenders, and oxfords or brogues with unexpected socks, there’s plenty to love. And let’s not forget casual wear like perfectly slouchy cardigans, breezy linen shirts, and interesting sneakers and chunky watches that are properly oversized on a lady’s wrist.
Start With The Basics
A man in a classic black or white shirt, well-tailored black blazer, and sleek straight leg dark denim with simple black shoes is perhaps the epitome of casual elegance (think Tom Ford). And it is a look that you can easily adapt for yourself. Just make sure the pieces are tailored for your figure, and consider adding a bit of sexiness with cleavage or high heels. Stick to minimal jewelry to keep the look clean. Start with a fabulous blazer like this tuxedo-styled one by Burberry Prosum.
Cozy oversize boyfriend cardigans paired with skinny jeans and boots are ideal for fall and winter, and you can always layer blazers and scarves for more warmth (this Polo Ralph Lauren Cardigan gets the look exactly right – even the styling in the product shot is perfect). In the summer, lightweight linen button downs and loose pants in soft colors are also perfect. Simply add a belt to cinch it in the middle to provide some feminine definition and perhaps a pair of high sandals with delicate details and statement earrings.
Styles like peacoats, trenchcoats, army jackets and anoraks were inspired by men’s clothing to begin with, so these are the logical choice. This olive anorak by 3.1 Philip Lim is a luxurious option for both spring and fall.
There’s a vest that will work for almost every body type, and a menswear styled vest can be a great way to nip in your waist when paired with a flowier bottom like wide leg pants – think Katharine Hepburn. Or wear it with an A-line skirt but stick to heavier fabrics. This Bop Basics simply cut vest is banker conservative but still has quite a bit of sex appeal.
Brogues, Oxfords and other classic men’s shoes worn instead of pointed toe or ballet flats. Wear them with skinny pants and a drapey or silky button-down and a mix of masculine and feminine accessories for a modern way to get a ladylike look that’s still inspired by menswear touches. The slight brown-black ombre at the toe of these cognac Fratelli Rossetti oxfords makes them especially versatile yet very clearly designed for a woman.
Time To Accessorize
Pocket squares aren’t just for men if you have a jacket with the spot for one, and a silk scarf can substitute for a tie when paired with a button down and sharply cut trousers, a pencil skirt, or go casual with boyfriend jeans. Traditional men’s watches like this stainless steel Skagen with a royal blue as well as sports watches can also look excellent. Just be sure they are fitted to your wrist.
Overall, if you love menswear classics, there are plenty of ways to work them into your wardrobe while still looking feminine (if that’s your goal, of course). The only thing we suggest not to do, in most cases, is actually borrow from the menswear section, at least not without serious tailoring and paying careful attention to proportions.
1. Burberry Prorsum Satin Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, $1,595
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Trompe L’oeil Anorak with Knit Back, Now $389
4. Bop Basics The Finance Vest, $98
5. Fratelli Rossetti Oxfords, $650
– Jacqueline Zenn
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