Merona fedora with DIY rings and ribbon added, Forever 21 ruffled top, Anthropologie wool bow vest, Vintage U.S. Navy boiled wool men’s pants
In October of last year I received an email from an editorial assistant at a major U.S. magazine. I mean, major! They wanted some photos from me, as a style blogger, to illustrate my take on menswear for women, which would potentially run in a small feature in their January 2011 issue. I was floored and so incredibly honored that they had reached out to me, of all people!! So I put together some looks, shot some photos, and sent them. For months afterwards I kept it to myself for the most part…but kept muttering to myself under my breath: “OMG I’m going to be in ______!!!!” And then I squeeeeed a bit. Okay, I’m still 5 years old in some ways.;-)
Well, sadly in the January issue they decided not to use any of the photos I sent them. Bummer. It happens! But ohwell, at least I now have a couple neat photos I can share with you! (And a couple of DIY items in there as well…)
Just my ideas of a feminine take on “menswear” (though as I was going back through my photos, I decided to poke some fun at myself and add silly titles).
RyRy wool camel coat, Steve Madden cashmere scarf, boys’ silk bow tie (thrifted), Victoria’s Secret shirt with shoulder-ties, silver Tiffany Atlas ring, Forever 21 houndstooth vest-belt, Banana Republic wool pants (thrifted), Alloy velvet heels.
Lil Tot’s suspenders, burnout cotton tee, Forever 21 tank watch, Jeans Warehouse glen plaid shorts, cable-knit socks, Maison Gilfy foldover shoe booties, cigarette case as purse [no, I don’t smoke and never have; I just like the tiny case as an understated purse]
Boiled wool hat with feather detail, Tommy Hilfiger silk striped tie (was my dad’s), burnout cotton tee, vintage vest, pants (thrifted), and red velvet shoes (thrifted), DIY vintage pocket-watch necklace pinned to vest
Lil Tot’s diamond-detail knit sweater-vest, thrifted Barney’s New York men’s shirt made into a ruffled top, Guess velour belt, Wet Seal pinstripe capris, vintage perforated-detail oxfords and clutch (thrifted), DIY half-scoop leather gloves
Are there any looks that you could see yourself wearing? How do you interpret menswear into your own outfits?
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I LOVE those black banker pants!!!
gorgeous and fit you sooo well!
Thank you Alice! They are actually weird 80’s style pleated pants I found at Goodwill…and altered to make pegged and a little tapered in the leg in true 80’s fashion. As long as the pants fit at the waist/hips, I found there were a ton of pants at the Goodwill that could be altered easily to become more fashion-forward! And I think they were all of $6.99. Yay!
Love your take on this, I think the Caddy one is my favorite. I love androgyny in fashion, but unfortunately with my short hair, I usually just end up looking butch. You look lovely!
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I love these looks!! and I am going to attempt to make the ruffled shirt. I have a ton of men’s button ups because I also love the strapless dress you made out of one! i have been looking everywhere for a ruffle-front shirt. so excited!
Thanks Elizbeth! I *love* ruffled shirts – and love making ruffles! I think that menswear fabrics pair very well with feminine ruffles, and you can never have too many!;-) Good luck making your shirt/dress – let me know if you need any help or have questions!:-)
These looks are all so amazing! I love the “banker” pants, such a lucky find for you! That stinks about the mag, but it’s their loss for sure!
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Gorgeous! I especially love the details in the banker outfit. You are so creative.
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I really love that vest belt, and wish I had spotted it in F21’s catalog earlier. I’m saving some of these ideas, because they seem wonderful for steampunk wear, although I’m too curvy under normal circumstances to actually pull off the androgenous look. Wish I was though, I love menswear by far more than women’s clothes.
(you can keep this one permanently in moderation 😉 I don’t mind as it’s pretty off topic, but I just had to let you know how much I loved that garden corner you took the pictures in! so beautiful!)
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Awww:-) Thanks! That’s my garden!!;-) Gotta refinish the deck though – after I took one of the photos (the one where I was wearing the red high heels – I slipped on the slick surface of the deck and landed on my butt.:-/ Not so stylish… LOL
uuuh! That was a rough one, I’m sure! Either way – finished or unfinished deck, the garden is lovely! as is the leading lady taking care of it! :*
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You are ADORABLE!! I love these!
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Thanks Lindsay – so glad you like!:-) I’m loving your blog too – so glad to have found it!!