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On Borrowing from the Boys, Guys, and Men

In On Details, On Menswear, On Muse-of-the-Month, On Style, On Styling for the Individual on April 26, 2012 at 1:30 am

First there was Coco Chanel and then there was the Le Smoking from YSL. Then came the la garconne dressing, and fast forward a few decades – the androgynous looks became popular. Now borrowing from the opposite gender’s wardrobe has become commonplace. The blazer, anorak, leather jacket, cargos, and boyfriend jeans – and now the boyfriend tee – pieces we have borrowed from the men – are all officially found in women stores now. There are tuxedo jackets for dresses – Glenn Close in Zac Posen at the Oscars. Menswear inspired womenswear is now seen on the street, on screen, and on the red carpet all the time now.

Borrowing from the Boys, Guys, and Men - As Seen on the Red Carpet

Borrowing from the Boys, Guys, and Men - As Seen on the Red Carpet

Take note, that menswear is never synonymous to baggy, no matter what it may seem like on the street around you. Take inspiration by mixing slouchy and feminine pieces with structured, tailored, and more angular pieces. It’s all in the balance. If you’re wearing a tailored jacket or trousers, make it your own by adding a sparkly, soft, or sensuous piece to the mix. Wear sky high heels and/or a statement necklace. Soft neutrals, jewel tones, or bright neons – they all look fabulous with black and nude alike – also consider the beautiful black & white combination with one other color in accessories.

Every book of style talks about the men’s shirt and how its cut looks so great when it finds its place on feminine curves. So many movies will showcase a man’s button down shirt on a woman. The key is finding an oversized shirt in a color (or white), print, or pattern that works for you – and defining your waist to ensure you don’t drown in it. Higher thread counts will look great thrown over your swimsuit at the beach.

Borrowing from the Boys, Guys, and Men - As Seen on the Street

Borrowing from the Boys, Guys, and Men - As Seen on the Street

The true borrowing lies in getting the details, and accessories right. I love men’s watches, especially those by Kenneth Cole and Michael Kors. There is something about the juxtaposition of a men’s large watch on a woman’s wrist that is very today. Sure, there is room for the delicate watch bracelets, but that isn’t for a contemporary look. Wear both, and see which you like on yourself more. This isn’t a costume. You should feel at home in what you’re wearing. Maybe try mixing it in with a bunch of bangles in similar tones or material. Work the watch into your look – make sure it doesn’t stand out like an awkward teenager.

Before investing in Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole, I borrowed my brother’s automatic Tommy Hilfiger watch for a while. Maybe borrowing from the boys may mean shopping in a closet without spending any money at the mall!

Waistcoats and vests. Black, colored, or denim – slouchy and/or tailored – these are always useful to throw on over a shirt or tshirt – especially in the summer when you don’t have to wear a jacket over the look.

Ties. Love love love ties. The ascot ties Miu Miu, featured in “Incorporating Androgynous Runway Fashion”, can be found in gorgeous bold prints to wear with printed or solid color shirts. Slim, bold colored ties look really great on women. I was working with a manager at Rugby in their operations, and she came wearing a white shirt with a slim navy tie and denim – the look was powerful. Themuseflash will someday make a post just about ties. But until then, just know that you can wear them pretty much anyway you want. And if you’re not into that, wear them as an interesting belt! (seriously)

Cufflinks are really interesting accessories. These are very personal pieces that I have to try on with what I intend to wear them with. For men and women both, cufflinks are usually best when they’re quirky, and very related to the wearer’s personality – they look best on simple french cuff shirt that suit or are tailored to your body.

Collection of Menswear Inspired Womenswear

Collection of Menswear Inspired Womenswear
^ So much love for these cufflinks ^

Oxford shoes are something I saw on Arshia’s pinterest. Whether in flats or heels, fabulous colors or neutrals, oxford inject ‘contemporary’ into your look. The upcoming post, we’ll devote entirely to shoes.

Until next time, make styles and pieces borrowed from the boys your own.


On Bond a la Tom Ford

In On Menswear, On Tom Ford on November 13, 2011 at 6:02 pm

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Riley.

Not only has the upcoming Bond film title been announced – Skyfall – but so has it’s designer! Have you heard?!

Tom Ford, the designer of all things sexy chic, has been chosen to dress Daniel Craig for Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. (just as he did in the Quantam of Solace). I’m not sure if I can emphasize the kind of eye-candy that will likely result from this.

James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man. Tom Ford’s love for luxury and elegance, coupled with his style is perfect for developing the iconic Bond character.

Tom Ford is working with costume designer Jany Temime (of Harry Potter films) to create the superspy’s wardrobe. There’s going to definitely be eyewear that will be Bond exclusive, and amazing accessories to accent the evening wear, suits, knitwear, and ties. They’re going to be handmade in Italy. *sigh*

It’ll be interesting to see what Tom Ford will do differently for this film (relative to the Quantum of Solace). I learned recently from “The Cut” that there’s a method to Ford’s genius: the suits must be cut so that Daniel Craig can be “Bond”. The skirt of the suit must be roomy enough so that he can run after villains, climb up a variety of structures, leap from buildings, jump into water, and/or blow things up – all while looking dashing.

The Skyfall press conference is probably indicative of how fabulous this movie will be…

Take a look at what Daniel Craig was wearing – all Tom Ford, of course. His gray two-piece notch lapel suit with a classic collar shirt and the beautiful silk (jacquard?) tie just oozes Bond.

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Sam Mendes is directing. The extraordinary cast? Daniel Craig, of course. and Javier Barden is playing the villain’s role. Judi Dench is back as M!! Berenice Marlohe, a French actress, is rumored to be the next Bond Girl, “Severine”. There’s Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomi Harris, and maybe Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace from the Harry Potter films. I’m so excited to see this come alive on screen. There is so much potential here!

“Bond’s loyalty to M [Dench] is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As M16 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.”

dun, dun, dun…


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