“Why do women want to dress like men when they’re fortunate enough to be women? Why lose femininity, which is one of our greatest charms?” Tasha Tudor.
Maybe that’s why she was an American illustrator and author of children’s books and not a style icon?
Stealing, sorry, “borrowing” items from your boyfriends/ partner’s wardrobe can add new life into your own closet and the result can be anything but manly.
Fashion has long toyed with gender boundaries, from David Bowie in the 1970s to “boyfriend” jeans being worn on the high street.
Women buying into menswear is a growing trend. I find this sort of style interesting as it crosses boundaries and disregards gender stereotypes. Women’s style doesn’t have to be revealing or tight to be stylish. Style can be from wherever and whatever as long as you feel confident.
Here are my top 3 menswear as womenswear looks:
Once a staple in gentleman’s styling, now the “must have” for the Shoreditch hipster and so-called “Neo Dandies”. Give the bow- tie a new lease of life – and turn it into a preppy accessory for you.
Velvet, floral patterned or plain; these excellent little accessories can pep up a shirt or blouse and trouser or skirt combo. Mr Selfridge style has never looked so fresh and smart. Borrow and keep.
If he doesn’t have one try these
Pst.. if you have a pampered pooch Mrs bow tie also do the most super doggy bowties
2. Men’s shirt for chic women’s tailoring
I customised this shirt as the sleeves were too long. I chopped them off and got the hem sewn up.
I think men’s shirts looks wonderful as womenswear and can revitalise an office outfit. The style is looser and often better quality with a crisp, sharp collar.
Ps. Don’t go lobbing the sleeves off it you actually need to give it back. It won’t go down well if you have ruined his favourite work shirt.
3. A classic trilby hat
“Not so long ago..Hats were tipped, raised, handed, tossed, snapped, passed, checked, waved, and eaten (metaphorically, at least).”
There is no greater accessory to capture creative expression than a hat. For me it’s a black fedora. If you fancy a read on the rise and fall of the Fedora Hat, check out “Hatless Jack”, Neil Steinberg’s account of a time when hat wearing was the norm and the man who started it all. The time, 1960’s. The man; John F Kennedy.
All this goes without saying only wear one item of his clothing at once. Otherwise you will look like A) him B) Diane Keaton in Annie Hall C) A waiter
The perfect location isn’t always the most obvious?
As a blogger sometimes we need someone to take a good picture and a good location. What if that was easier than you think? You just have to be creative.
For these shots I met up with Laura from Grandma Eileen’s Vintage and her husband and took some pictures in an antiques warehouse.
It was lacking in natural light but we had some great fun larking about with vintage props!