Menswear-Inspired Looks I'd Love To Try

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Ladies, we lucked out when it comes to fashion. Not only do we have a plethora of options (skirts or pants? shorts or dresses? capris or skinny jeans?) in our own wardrobes, we can dabble in menswear-inspired looks and look smoking hot doing it. Think shrunken vests, pinstriped trousers, military coats with rows of brass buttons down the front, oxfords, suspenders...the list goes on. Our brothers and boyfriends may not want our miniskirts and LBDs, but we gleefully borrow their dress shirts and perfectly slouchy sweaters and jeans.

With menswear on my mind lately, I'm dying to try these looks some time in the next couple of months.

1. Cuff links. Cuff links are too nice for the boys to have to themselves! I like the adorable androgyny of the Brooks Brothers' 'Scotty' cuff links ($125) in sterling silver.



2. French cuff shirts. Cuff links are nothing without a French cuff shirt to show them off . The Victoria's Secret version ($28) features a deep V and a touch of spandex to highlight your curves--definitely not for the gents. Alternatively, I'm toying with the idea of donning a men's shirt. Cinched with a studded leather belt and worn with a denim mini, opaque black tights, and tall leather boots, I think it might look pretty good. This Ted Baker plaid shirt ($36.54) might do the trick.



3. Panama hat. One of these is on my must-have list for spring. I keep gleefully imagining how it'd look with a white cami layered under my black satiny halter vest and floaty turquoise cotton skirt, finished off with my gold leather wedge sandals and Tashi teardrop earrings. I like the look of this Panama fedora ($80) with its black band and jaunty red feather, but I want to see what I can find in local hat shops first.



4. Men's fedora. Why, why did I give the Russian his fedora back?! I'm definitely regretting it as I contemplate the 'Blake' fedora ($45) by Goorin Bros. once again. The website shows an old Latin gentleman wearing the Blake, but I think I can rock it.



Are there looks you want to steal from the boys? Do you "borrow" things from your boyfriend/brother/dad?

18 comments

  1. I think menswear is so sexy on girls huh? Love it!!

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  2. Oh and I forgot to add, I love those cuff links!! So cute!!

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  3. wOwOwo...i love all the items you've chosen. The cuff links are super cute! I love dogs! The shirt, and hats...love love love!

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  4. Hot picks! I totally think that look with the men's shirt would work, except I imagine it could be hard to find one that will fit you properly?

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  5. I never feel like I can pull off the menswear look, but I adore it on others. And seeing those cufflinks makes me WISH I could pull it off myself!

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  6. I've got a fedora I absolutely love, but can't figure out where to wear! Where does one wear a fedora? Anywhere? Dinner? Wherever the heck I want to? ;)

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  7. MizzJ, that's what I'm afraid of, although I could check out the boys' section of menswear purveyors.

    Tea, pretty much. I would wear my fedora and Panama hat to an occasion where the hat would least likely be knocked off my head (i.e. not out salsa dancing). :)

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  8. I love the idea of cuff links! I think I'd like boyfriend pants...if I wasn't so short!

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  9. I definitely steal my boyfriends tees and stuff to belt with my skinny jeans and flats or mid heels. As to giving the Russian his hat back, I'm pretty sure if you took it, he'd find you... bwahahaha. jk, you definitely should have kept it :P

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  10. I love cuff links! My husband has quite a few of them, so I'll have to steal some of his. :)

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  11. I can totally see you in a fedora, L! I love mine :)

    And I adore menswear on women, albeit in small doses - cufflinks or suspenders - delish!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  12. When I wore button-ups more, I was all over French cuffs. Such a great detail for shirts.

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  13. Funny I was just admiring Alexis Mabille's Spr 09 Couture Collection imagining how I could I pull off that all black mens look. The Blake Fedora would make that outfit so perfect for any woman! I'll keep you posted when I pull it off.

    Great Post!

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  14. "boyfriend blazers" are in as well - longer blazers but still taylored to fit.

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  15. What's funny is I've been obsessing over making my way overseas and "borrowing" my grandmother's (real) vintage (real) blue patent doctor's bag and my grandfather's 50's fedora.

    Darn the $2000 price tag on a round trip flight. \*sigh*

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  16. I like menswear on women and recently started wearing suspenders - they are great! Sarah

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