Hot Fall/Winter Trend: Man Up With Menswear-Inspired Pieces

Alexa Chung at Louis Vuitton: Paris Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear A/W 09

Alexa Chung

Borrowing from the boys is nothing new for women. We love hair mussed, bedroom eyes still smoldering and a men’s button-down shirt for starters. But as sexy as it is, it’s got a few, well, limitations. Here’s how to integrate some of the boys’ best offerings into your own look without looking like you’re taking The Walk of Shame.

While It Girl Alexa Chung and fashion maverick Tilda Swinton can pull off full-on menswear outfits without a second thought, we at Fashion Trends Daily thought some guidance may be in order. Try our top-three tips to get some of Saville Row’s signatures into your fall with spot-on sophistication. Cohiba optional.

aldo heers brogue

Aldo Heers Brogue

1.Start Small
Easy on the three-piece, partner. Dip your toe – literally – with a menswear-inspired accessory like a pair of brogues or a watch that’s more daring than dainty. The size and scale of both pieces offset the look and feel of your outfit, so even if you’re wearing the most feminine frock, these pieces will make a statement. Try the Aldo Heers Oxford

michael kors watch

Michael Kors Watch

Michael Kors Chronograph Watch

j crew velvet school boy blazer

J. Crew Velvet School Boy Blazer

2. Fit to a T
Menswear is about tailoring and texture. Nothing’s more masculine than tweed and heavier fabrics like gabardine and moleskin. Tossing on a tweed vest or a blazer (What says borrowed from the boys more than a

Billykirk for J.Crew felt Trilby hat

Billykirk for J.Crew Felt Trilby Hat

well-cut jacket?) will up your style quotient big time, but for some real flair try one in velvet (J.Crew Velvet Schoolboy Blazer), which adds some girly softness to your man’s world wardrobe. For a real rakish choice, topping off your outfit with a fedora (Billykirk for J.Crew felt Trilby hat) adds a heaping dose of ‘tude.

Mulberry Oversize Alexa Bag

Mulberry Oversize Alexa Bag

3. Bag, Meet Briefcase
Adding something less precious and more practical is an easy way to man up to this trend. Brit bag powerhouse Mulberry has teamed up with Alexa Chung for this slouchy briefcase bag, complete with schoolboy charm and feminine edge.

Mulberry Oversize Alexa (also available in tweed)

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.