Borrowed from the Boys
Menswear-inspired pieces for women are hardly a novelty, but I am noticing more and more items with a touch of boyish charm these days. We all have our favorite boyfriend jeans and blazers, and now I’m seeing neckties and smoking slippers being thrown into the mix. And I’m not talking just a few styles here and there – these items come in a variety of prints, fabrics, and styles across pretty much any brand you can think of. Who knows why menswear for women has become so ubiquitous, the reasons could be many. Personally, I think it’s because the powers-that-be in the fashion world have realized what has been true all along, women just do it better. At a certain point, are we borrowing from the boys, or just showing them how it’s done?
I’ve rounded up my favorite menswear pieces by category below! Scroll for links!
THE LOAFER / SMOKING SLIPPER
Confession – I hate flats. I know I shouldn’t because I’m a giant among humans, but I LOVE wearing high heels. However, I do have a soft spot for a good smoking slipper. I love how versatile they are! My favorite way to wear them is with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a casual yet polished look. They are also perfect for the office and can transition from day to night seamlessly. I’m wearing #1 above in the cover photo of this post!
Oh how I love a good necktie! There is just something I find so chic about them. You can see me wearing some of my favorites in this post and this post. They are the perfect finishing touch to an outfit – and so unexpected! I love how many “where did you get that?” questions I receive when I wear one of these pieces out!
THE SHERLOCK HOLMES VIBE
I know we’re tempted to credit Coco Chanel with making tweed happen, but long before the queen of fashion began incorporating this fabric into her designs in the 1930’s, it was used as hunting wear by 19thcentury British royalty. Chanel was strongly influenced by menswear and was one of, if not THE, first major fashion designer to incorporate menswear-inspired looks into her designs. It’s no wonder she loved tweed and its royal connection! Thankfully, the fabric (and its tartan, herringbone, and houndstooth friends) has trickled down to us common folk and can now be found in a variety of different styles!
THE TUXEDO PANT
A sleek tuxedo pant is a surefire way to elevate any nighttime look. I would personally pair them with a silky camisole to compliment the satin detailing on the seams for an effortlessly chic vibe!
You will never find a more classic or versatile piece than a blazer. Dress it up, dress it down, blend in, or make a statement – the possibilities are endless with this closet staple. I love seeing designers play with the cut and fabric of the blazer. There’s cropped, longline, and dress lengths; and fabrics from silk to sweatshirt and everything in between. It’s not your grandfather’s blazer anymore!
THE SMOKING JACKET
The smoking jacket has its place in pop culture history thanks to one Mr. Hugh Hefner. Though my typical day-to-day style does not include channeling Hef, I do love smoking jackets. I like to think of them as the blazer’s rebellious cousin. They usually have a wrap-tie instead of a button closure and are often found in luxe, rich fabrics and colors. It’s like wearing your PJs outside – and looking chic AF while doing so!
Is the button-down even considered menswear anymore or have we completely commandeered that ship? If I had to pick a quintessential wardrobe piece that would likely be found in most human’s closets in the U.S., this would be it. I love seeing it transition from day to night simply by adding a high waist belt or leather leggings. When you think of the button-down as more than just office wear, the possibilities are endless!
What is your favorite menswear-inspired piece? Let me know in the comments! As always, thank you for reading! XOXO