This winter season, runway shows are urging women to borrow a few fashion items from the men’s tailoring department.
An unusual borrow from the men’s wardrobe is the necktie. The 70s style of silky wide ties makes a return for fall-winter 2012. Add colour to a grey jacket and white shirt combo with a pop tone tie. At the fashion brands Miu Miu and Ralph Lauren runway shows, models wore print ties with pantsuits. Take cue from 70s classic film ‘Annie Hall’ where lead actress Diane Keaton wore men’s inspired shirts, trousers, vests and ties while out and about town.
Brogues and boots
Brogues are men’s lace up shoes in leather or suede that look equally dandy on women. Replace the dainty ballet flats with brogues to give a tough edge to a dressy look. Brogues go great with skirts, dresses, shorts, trousers or even suits. For winters you can also try the flat men’s boots with warming socks for a look with jeans, long skirts and dresses for a mix and match of feminine and masculine.
Men’s shirt has time and again been borrowed by women to wear as shirt- dresses or even with basic denimwear. Call it ‘Boyfriend’s shirt’ or ‘father’s shirt’ , the look is extremely effortless and exudes a could-care-less cool vibe. With a men’s shirt it is important to showoff feminine curves to balance the frumpiness of the shirt. Either cinch the waist with a belt or tuck in the shirt on waist. Can also wear this shirt as a short dress paired over tights or skinny jeans making angular visible shapes on the leg muscles.
This winter fashion weeks from New York, Paris, Milan indicated a micro trend of women’s clothing to be inspired by tailored menswear of matching set of trousers and jackets. Models wore tweedy jackets and trousers with high-heeled pumps and jeweled accessories. Have fun wearing the most masculine pant suits by carrying bold accessories and jewelery to stand apart from men.
Even though women’s fashion has a plenty of new accessories to play with season after season, borrowing from the men’s wardrobe will add the element of unexpectedness. Wear men’s trilby hat with a sundress. Fingered leather gloves with a sharply tailored jacket. A chunky steel watch peeking from the sleeve of blouse. Pocket square in bright tone worn on a blazer.