August 21, 2011

borrowed from the boys

as much as i consider myself a feminine dresser, there are times when i find men's fashion highly appealing. there's nothing more classic than penny loafers, sharp jackets, preppy plaids and structured bags, and luckily for me they're finding their way back onto the runways this fall.  

to make this look accessible, i love mixing the old with the new -- like tailored pants cropped at the ankle and done up in a mini-check pattern or trendy hue. (see below!) this 'updated menswear' trend prompted me to write an extensive article about it over at college magazine as well as to put together 2 looks {below} that i'm dying to try. the first: classic menswear shapes with piled-on patterns and color; the second: a more traditional approach that is chic, modern, and streamlined. {ps: how much do you love that pop of yellow in the shoulder bag?}

{ fresh & preppy - clockwise from top left: saffron pants, H&M; striped sweater, H&M; scarf, urban outfitters; bag, j.crew; penny loafers, aldo // polished & chic - clockwise from top left: plaid pants, H&M; blazer, topshop; purse, topshop; oxfords, topshop; initial watch, urban outfitters }

II emily

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