Wednesday, October 02, 2013

It's a A Man's World

The Girls guide to dressing like a man

Four comfortable and surprisingly sexy  Menswear staples that every girl should own or steal from the men in their lives.
      1.The Basic T Shirt
This cornerstone of any dude's wardrobe is a simple and versatile way to inject some boyish charm into your wardrobe.  You can wear men's tees with skinny jeans for a cool and laid back look  or with a pencil skirt for a sexy and chic boy meets girl twist. The longer length means it's perfect paired with tights and shorter ladies you can even belt it and wear it as dress. 

       2.The Straight Leg Jean
Although wearing a men's pair of jeans can be undeniably cool this is one style that maybe best to buy in the women's department. This menswear inspired denim, or "boyfriend jeans" as they are often referred to, perfectly mimic the menswear looks without sacrificing too much sexiness and are also available in more girl friendly size ranges. They are often 100% cotton and thus have no stretch therefore the slouchier fit tends to look best worn lower on the waist. Wear them with a Breton stripe shirt or a white t shirt for an effortless look or take a risk and wear them with a crop top to ramp up the sultriness. However you choose to wear them make sure to roll them up to at least your ankles for a true borrowed from the boys feel. 

      3. The  Brogue Shoe
This popular men's style goes well with a wide range of looks from short skirts to patterned slacks. Brogues look great paired with very feminine pieces such as flouncy skirts or fit and flare dresses.  These shoes are also a great way to dress up the standard jeans and a tee. The dressier versions of this style can even be worn to office. For girls wanting to keep thing feminine and not sacrifice height try a high heeled oxford version that pairs menswear details with height. Wanting to stay more comfortable and willing to take a little more of a risk? Try a monk strap version and keep things more unique.

      4. The Button Up Shirt
Take a page from Coco Chanel, whom famously borrowed her beau's white shirts, and try out a classic men's button up.  The key to pulling it off is to balancing the silhouette, the boxiness on top should be offset by a more tailored and fitted look on the bottom. Try it with cropped and tapered trouser and flats to evoke a gamine Audrey Hepburnesque feel.  A wallet friendly way to get this look is to shop the boy's department. Many stores, such as Ralph Lauren or J Crew, that carry men's shirt also carry boys. These shirts are priced much cheaper without sacrificing quality and have the added bonus of not being taxed as much as adult apparel.

      5. The Classic Suit
For those really willing to commit to the menswear look nothing beats a perfectly tailored suit. Fit is key to pulling off this look. Watch out specially for shoulders, make sure they don't stick out and fit too large. A one button jacket is the most universally flattering look and crop trousers give this classic a feminine and contemporary feel.  Try it in one the classic menswear prints  like herringbone, tweed,  or window pane for the ultimate dandy look. 

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