Gender Bender

Borrowing from the boys is the name of the game for fall.

 

Taking a cue from the street style recently seen at Men’s Fashion Week, the women have gone rogue, challenging the boys to an epic style-off. Tailored suits, masculine cuts, pinstripes and plaids have all invaded the wardrobes of stylish ladies across the globe. The key to dressing the trend is to offset the masculine proportions: Designers such as Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler balanced the look in their fall collections with feminine touches ranging from heels to statement necklaces. On the runways, blazers complemented fitted pencil skirts, shift dresses took new shapes in menswear-inspired glen plaid, and tweed suit jackets were juxtaposed with silk blouses and just the right hint of sensuality. Even trendsetters who desired to sport the look on a smaller scale turned to accessories by Michael Kors and Gucci, whose statement pieces including leather satchels, loafers and wrap belts encompassed the trend for those who wanted to add their own feminine flair—making it official that borrowing from the boys has never looked so elegant.

[1] Gucci Loafers available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. [2] Helmut Lang Blazer and Theory Blouse available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Sutton Lasater Necklace available at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, Ladue, 314.721.0766. [3] Vintage Anne Kelin Clutch available at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, Ladue, 314.721.0766. [4] Theory Shirt avaiable at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Erica Dunk Necklace available at Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique, Ladue, 314.721.0766. [5] Vince Sweater available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. [6] Vince Leather Pants available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. [7] Theory Pleated Pants available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

 

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Photo credit: Attilio D’Agostino

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