No independent woman wants to follow a man, but raiding his wardrobe? Now that’s different, we think, especially if you use menswear for inspiration to develop your own interpretations. And spring 2015 is the time to do it.
Take blazers, for instance. Helmut Lang led the charge of the boyfriend jackets, but Alexander Wang’s white version takes top prize for us. Sleeveless numbers come plain and bi-coloured, while Marc Jacob’s pinstriped cotton-blend buttoned vest, mini-plaid blazer, and smartly tailored suit sorted the men from the boys. Or maybe that should be girls.
Trousers come high-waisted and cuffed, stovepipe or tuxedo-type (wide-legged if they’re Alexander McQueen), crafted in fabric, leather or white crepe (McQueen again). The tux transitions effortlessly into a tuxedo-dress for Victoria Beckham, and into shorts for Alexander Wang, while skirts are straight, wrap or mini, in pinstripes or plaid.
Team your own Philip Lim-style trouser suit with a sleeveless white ruffle blouse by Chloé, or slip on a simple white silk blouse. Opt instead for a long tuxedo jacket with a striped cotton shirt, black jeans and brogues. Bombers have long been loved by both sexes, and this season is no exception. Differ slightly in a varsity jacket like Olivia Palermo’s block variation, or dress down in leather or wool.
Offset a long grey pinstriped waistcoat with a darker skirt, or top that strange hybrid, the skort, with a wide-striped sweatshirt. Remember that we’re looking at a feminised copy of menswear here, so soften the look with a floral skirt or camel coat, and turn heads with faux fur thrown over pinstripes.
At the Grammys, stars inspired by menswear stalked the red carpet. Gwen Stefani’s Versace jumpsuit showed off a sheer bodice, while Anna Kendrick’s black suit was everything (it was all she wore). Two of the Haim sisters chose Stella McCartney, with Alana in a sleeveless jumpsuit, and Danielle working a white suit, leaving Este to style a Chloé creation.
Meanwhile on the awards stage, Rihanna emphasised her slouchy double breasted suit with a statement necklace. A stunning alternative would have been a three-row Givenchy leather bracelet or a chunky watch, and white Oxfords by Chloé.
Pull a navy striped blazer over a grey tee and denims, or unite a slouchy sweater with loose pants and a Paul Smith wool fedora in taupe. This is a trouble-free trend to work, and we can’t wait to see the results of your inspiration!
Menswear Inspired Fashion Trend: The featured photo is of Linh Niller Huynh wearing a camel coloured coat: from J.Crew, trousers from Joe Fresh and the white shirt is from James Perse
Beatrice Gutu is wearing a beige FrontRowShop blazer with a pair of Asos skinny jeans and black Zara shoes
The menswear inspired fashion trend Via Aimee Song
Anouska Proetta Branson is wearing a black coat from Warehouse, leather trousers and grey sweater from H&M, white shirt from Set Fashion and the shoes are from Forever 21
Evangelie Smyrniotaki is wearing a black blazer, pinstrioed trousers, faux fur jacket and shoes from By Malene Birger and the bag is from Celine
Menswear Inspired Via Silvia Zamora