Saturday, December 8, 2007

In Which Menswear is My Homeboy

It's no secret that menswear-inspired trends have been catching my eye lately. The obsession started with the Blogging Society Challenge (although I suspect its roots may be in my tomboy childhood) and continued from there with tuxedo chic, Balenciaga-inspired looks, and Karl Lagerfeld's personal style as fashion inspiration. I took Nina Garcia's advice from the Little Black Book of Style to heart when she raved that every woman should have a white button-down shirt in their wardrobe, and I have been searching for the perfect one. Now, the above photos from Hint have my attention. I would fall head-over-heels for any boy in one of those outfits (especially if they looked like the model...yum!), but more than that, I would love to dress like that! I have a sudden desire for a white blazer with dark trim, and I have resolved to some day wear white on white as was done in the first photo. Since my shopping time has currently been sucked up by gift shopping (not that I'm complaining), I decided to satiate my need for menswear-inspired looks with things from my current wardrobe. Here's what I came up with:

The only white button-down in my possession was a huge one that used to be my father's. Oh well. I paired it with a black sweater, straight-leg jeans, and black flats to add femininity. I took a cue from the Teen Vogue tuxedo spread and carried a quilted bag. Also, I used a tie belt from a black tunic as a tie.

To be honest, the look isn't me. It's a bit boring, no? Not enough color!

I untucked the shirt, threw on my Luella pink suede motorcycle jacket, and immediately felt better:

There's still a bit of menswear in the look, due to the tie and white shirt, but it's definitely more me. I might actually wear this out!

12 comments:

WendyB said...

It's a very cute look on you, and I think it really works with that great pink jacket!

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ambika said...

Ooo, I like this. It may even get me to recover from my fear of collared shirts. Very casual and cute.

The Clothes Horse said...

Great looks! I love the skinny tie especially.

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Anonymous said...

that pink jacket is hideous, but i like the look before.

wearing a fitting collar shirt, skinny jeans, flats, and a cardigan is a great style. To make it more casual you should roll up the sleeves and wear a shrug. Also wearing high top chucks can add the male touch to it and spice it up a little.

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