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On Incorporating Androgynous Runway Style

In On Fashion, On Muse-of-the-Month, On Style, On Styling for the Individual on April 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

As androgyny in fashion becomes more commonplace, we see a strong variation in how much women want to borrow. Some women wear a tuxedo better than men – we saw this on Carrie Bradshaw at her best gay’s wedding in SaTC (btw, tuxedo jackets are a piece to hold onto this Spring/Summer 2012). Other women with a more feminine style feel that investing in a men’s watch or oxford shoes is a commitment. It’s worth taking a moment to study fashion history, as discussed in “Androgyny in Fashion” to figure out what degree of menswear fashion styling is best for you. There is no right or wrong here – simply a need to experiment and find where you feel most comfortable. The goal is to create a seamless transition that makes your style seem effortless.

Early on, high fashion designers, such as Helmut Lang, Giorgio Armani, and Pierre Cardin hit the public mainstream with androgynous clothing. The trend that Coco Chanel started has now spread far and wide all the way to high volume, low cost stores such as Forever 21, Zara, and H&M.

Have you noticed the trend over the last decade? Men are seen sporting longer hair with hairdyes and highlights while women are seen sporting shorter hair – notice the variations of the pixie cut that Victoria Beckham and Halle Berry were seen sporting? Women are increasingly wearing boyfriend jeans and blazers while men are starting to wear “girlfriend” skinnier jeans. It’s hard to talk about modeling without talking about Andre Pejic and Agyness Deyn. And these are just some of the examples of how the line between genders has blurred considerably over the years.

Menswear Inspired Womenswear from 2012 Runway

Menswear Inspired Womenswear from the 2012 Runway - focus on the details.

This year, take inspiration from 3.1 Philim Lim, Helmut Lang, Derek Lam, Chloe, Alberta Ferreti, Max Mara, St. John, Theysken Theory, Prada and many many others. See how the structure is balanced with sensuous fabric and color, and in some instances sparkle. There are ties, oversized jackets, trousers, waistcoats, and hats in a multitude of colors, plaids, prints, and fabrics. At Peter Som, Jason Wu, and Tadashi Shoji, the looks for Fall 2012 are inspired by Marlene Dietrich – a woman who “wore pants, but still looked like a woman.”

Take inspiration from Miu Miu Fall 2012 - Menswear Inspired Womenswear

Take inspiration from Miu Miu Fall 2012 - Menswear Inspired Womenswear

Miu Miu’s runway had oversized, boxy jackets, waistcoats, ascots (ascot ties) – all in bold colorful prints. There will never be any excuse for a pantsuit to be boring every again. There are waist hugging belts, newsboy caps at Jen Kao, tilted fedoras at Giorgio Armani, and collars with ribbon “ties” at Barbara Bui and printed ascot ties and workwear at Miu Miu – while the ensembles on these runways are more difficult and expensive to incorporate into your wardrobe, these details will set you free.

AKG

On 365 Days of Style from Lloyd Boston

In On Fall/Winter, On Fashion, On Style on January 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

A very Happy New Year to you all!

“Claim this year as your most stylish ever. Make a pact with yourself to explore new ideas, break bad habits, and be open to Change.” (Lloyd Boston)

I stumbled across this book, “Before you Put that On” by Lloyd Boston, when I was religious poring over any material about fashion and style I could find, the time detailed in “The Evolution of Personal Style“.

Lloyd Boston styling inspiration

I am returning to this book, to follow through with what I planned then for when I’d have time. How lucky that I worked out for the first time in ages yesterday – the suggestion Lloyd makes for January 2nd.

I’m right on track.

Now it is January 3rd, and today I am going to “Add Prints and Patterns to the Best Effect.”

Today I plan to mix and match two prints. Since I’m a beginner, I confess I will likely match my printed dress to a printed scarf – but it’s a pretty good start. Especially considering I’d likely not do it otherwise. Usually I pair this dress with my beautiful coral J. Crew woolen scarf – it has become a staple in my dressing.

I might wear my fabulously colorful Kate Spade snood, actually known as the prize ball infinity scarf. It’s a soft merino wool, and will likely feel wonderful considering today’s temperature is below freezing.

“The key to looking fabulous [...] is balanced proportions and an overall look that doesn’t overshadow your personality.” (Lloyd Boston)

Who knows? Maybe I’ll tweak his suggestion and wear my striped dress with a tailored blazer and jeggings instead. Oo, maybe I’ll wear my plaid shirt.

Ignore anyone who might tell you that you can’t match multiple stripes or prints, because that’s their rule – not yours. If you like what you’re seeing in the mirror, why shouldn’t you try it out? Come on. Have you seen Anna Piaggi? Enough said.

The beauty of this book is that it motivates you to play with your clothes, and wear something special, something borne from inspiration. It makes choosing what you’re wearing less boring, even if you’re just working at home.

Maybe you might want to join me, and match multiple prints today?

AKG

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