For a long time there’s been a big distinction between menswear and womenswear, but recently there’s been a huge shift in the industry. Not only has the line between men and womenswear been blurred, the shift has also allowed for new unisex labels to gain traction.
The menswear trend is probably the biggest in the street style scene, with women incorporating everything from over-sized blazers to cozy hoodies in their looks. In this week’s “Editors’ Style Guide,” we’re all about menswear, and we’re showing you three different looks incorporating men’s pieces. Read on below to see how you can achieve the look.
Coming from someone who almost exclusively buys menswear, I couldn’t love this trend more. For the past few years, I’ve been buying a lot of pieces from the men’s section. Everything from hoodies and sweatshirts to trousers and accessories – I’ve bought it all. I’d say I wear over-sized clothing 90-percent of the time, and there’s nothing better than a big, ill-fitting sweater if you ask me.
Raf Simons has been one of my all-time favorite designers since his early Dior days, and his latest knitted sweater ($1,356 USD) is out of this world. Unconventional and a bit awkward, worn with a plain, white Raf turtleneck ($343 USD), this menswear piece will steal the show. Paired with a simple pair of tapered trousers like these ones from COMME des GARÇONS ($367 USD) as well as a pair of masculine leather boots from Marséll ($989 USD), you’ve got a fool-proof look. To add some color, I like to contrast the redish brown top with a pair of simple green socks – like these ones from Paul Smith ($30 USD). To complete the look, I always throw on a pair of shades, and these Garret Leight frames ($340 USD) add the final touch to this simple, yet stylish look.
Juxtaposition is key when it comes to incorporating menswear into your outfit. Taking style cues from the likes of Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Cara Delevingne, I’ve gone for the classic men’s-blazer-as-dress look with this Calvin Klein double-breasted suit jacket ($1,600 USD). Wear a mini slip dress underneath and don’t ever leave home without a pair of Uniqlo Heattech tights ($10 USD) — they’re a winter saviour especially when you’re rocking a pant-less fit. To give some shape to the look, cinch your waist with Gucci‘s GG logo leather belt ($450 USD). And to offset the masculine silhouette, I’ve thrown on some girly velvet strapped heels by Saint Laurent ($795 USD).
Now it’s time to accessorize. Channel your inner street style star by wearing these cult-favorite Le Specs x Adam Selman cat-eye sunglasses ($119 USD). To add another pop of color, look for a bold lipstick — my current favorite is Fenty Beauty‘s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in the shade “Griselda” ($18 USD). Finally, a mini-sized clutch like this metallic silver COMME des GARÇONS zip pouch ($175 USD) is exactly what you need to round off this street-chic outfit.
I dress like a boy on the daily. Personally there is little divide in menswear and womenswear other than sizing, so what I picked is what I call boxy over unisex. The look is inspired bottom-up.
Nike‘s Air Monarch IV in red and black ($55 USD) – all Dad-inspired – plays with tailored, black trousers by Prada ($540 USD). The latter is the only “true” menswear piece I have included. Building up on that is a wide-shoulder coat by Korean-brand Ader Error in a checkered camel ($416 USD). To complete is a tank ($48 USD) by current cult-loved brand, I.AM.GIA. The palette is neutral in beige and black, so red accessories to accent the logo on said top and the Swoosh on the sneaker, makes a distinction. Tying everything together is a Kangol bucket hat ($50 USD) and Prada nylon and leather belt bag ($580 USD).
Do what you want, dress how you want.