A lady’s take on menswear
If you’re stuck in a fashion rut, try out a new style with these menswear-inspired must-haves:
The structured blazer: Feel like a boss in a well-fit blazer with clean, straight lines and crisp lapels. These jackets come with unique buttons, trim and even interesting pocket flaps if you want to personalize your look. Plus, they’re great for transitioning from the office to after-hours activities like dinner and a show.
The boyfriend jeans: Any pair of no-nonsense boyfriend jeans will work perfectly. Avoid rips and tears if you’re planning on taking this look to the office. There are plenty of colored options if you want to add some excitement to this classic look. Look for a pair that doesn’t hug your curves and has a straight silhouette, true to menswear form.
The white button-up: Channel Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall” with a plain white button-up. Nothing says classy like wearing a shirt that could be worn under a tuxedo. Personalized touches like a monogram over the pocket or interesting buttons will help to make this look “you.” Plus, a good white shirt can be worn with anything: a pencil skirt, trousers, shorts and more.
The oxfords: Try a simple pair of brown and white oxford shoes to keep it business casual. However, there are plenty of heeled oxfords if you want that extra height. For summertime there are even oxford sandals to keep your feet cool. With extra embellishments like a colored sole (think tan shoes with teal or hot pink soles), fun laces and cutouts (floral, anyone?), there are plenty of ways to individualize this classic shoe to fit your personal style.
The vest: If a blazer is not quite right for your style but you like the structured look, try a vest. From a straight-cut options to fitted curve-hugging vests, there are plenty of choices. Pair a straight-cut vest with skinny jeans and a button-up for a business casual look that draws attention to your waist and legs. For an outfit that will make you look and feel confident, try high-waisted trousers with a button-up shirt and an unbuttoned vest.
The glasses: Nothing says studious like a pair of glasses. Skip wearing your contacts a couple days a week to take advantage of this easy accessory. From oversized to minimalist, there is a pair of glasses for every face shape. Add some personal flare with colored or patterned frames.