Happy Wednesday! Fun fact, yesterday morning it was a whopping 0 degrees in Chicago, probably even in the negatives with the combined wind chill. Luckily most of my day was spent at home in my fleece pajamas and doggy slippers (comfy and trend-setting). For the few minutes I did step outside, I can’t even begin to describe the bone-crushing cold that hit you within 3 seconds. And that’s coming from a girl who lived in Alaska for 2 years. It could get down to 30 below (yes, that’s -30 degrees), and while I’m pretty positive we never actually left the house when it got that cold, I don’t remember it ever being as painful as this cold in Chicago. But I guess that’s what living in the South for 6 years will do to your cold weather tolerance.
But enough weather talk. Ever since Monday’s outfit post I’ve been obsessing over menswear inspired womenswear. I already have outfits planned for the rest of the week that have masculine touches, I’ve been online shopping the men’s department of various retailers, and pinning up a storm of various menswear looks to try for myself. It’s a full on addiction I’m dealing with here. And to bring you into my world, I’ve created three different looks inspired by a few stylish men to show how you too can incorporate menswear into your everyday outfit repertoire.
This first look is casual and simple, something to wear for a lazy Sunday brunch after an epic Saturday night. It doesn’t scream menswear, but definitely gives it a sly wink. Add a red lip and cat-eye sunnies for a more feminine touch.
Madewell Charade Blazer / Ted Baker ‘Fortun’ Skinny Fit Trouser / Cocoa Brown Bow Tie / Theory Freja Wealth Blouse / Charles by Charles David Rockstar II Pump / ASOS Slot Through Envelope Clutch / Tokyo Jane Guntilde Bracelet / Oliver Bonas Ajala Bangle
For a fancier affair, why not ditch your typical cocktail dress and go for a tailored ‘suit-like’ ensemble? A fitted blazer and skinny trousers would definitely make a statement. If the bright blue is too much too soon, a black, grey, or other neutral color would work just as well. Just be sure it’s tailored and has clean lines. For more ‘suit-spiration’ (yes? no…?), take a few notes from Janelle Monae, the girl knows how to rock a suit!
Kate Spade Dot Scarf / J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt / Fossil ‘Georgia’ Leather Strap Watch / Coach Legacy ‘Candance’ Carryall / Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Ankle Boot / Mark. In The Trenches Jacket / Oasis Black Cherry Skinny Jeans / Banana Republic Panama Hat
Is you mind a little blown from this one? Don’t worry, my was too. I actually really love Dapper Lou’s look (and his blog!) and plan on trying to recreate it with items in my closet. This is an excellent example on the art of layering for both men and women alike. Simple separates that definitely work on their own, but really make a statement when paired together. And again, what will make this (and any menswear look) work for the ladies is finding that balance between masculine and feminine elements.
Hope that offered a little more inspiration on how to create menswear looks from your wardrobe. Don’t be scared to go creeping searching through your man’s closet for items, chances are he won’t notice, and if he does it’s totally hot for girls to wear their guy’s clothes, am I right? Haha!
Thanks for reading!