MY FAVOURITE MENSWEAR INSPIRED PIECES AND HOW TO WEAR THEM IN A FEMININE WAY
Even though I usually have a very feminine style, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge and I love switching things up. Which means that sometimes, I love including menswear inspired pieces in my closet, as long as I know how to style them in a feminine way. There’s something that feels very grown-up about wearing menswear, and even if you’ll usually pot me in short flouncy skirts and ruffled tops that would look on-brand on a 6-year old, I sometimes like to look like I know what I’m doing - even though I don’t have a clue, ha!
As you can see in the outfits I curated below, I usually love to stick to one menswear inspired piece and balance it out with super feminine cuts and colours. I feel like doing that gives you a grown-up effect without looking like you got dressed in your dad’s closet.
Some of my favourite menswear inspired pieces are an oversized shirt, suspenders, a good pant suit (or just the blazer - I’m obsessed with blazers!!!) and boyfriend jeans. Keep scrolling to see how I would style these 4 pieces… Enjoy!
The Oversized Shirt
The shirt I’m wearing in these pictures has been sitting in my closet for such a long time, and I think I’ve worn it maybe once or twice in the 3 years I’ve had it for. I was never able to get rid of it though, because it’s just so beautiful to me, and I keep telling myself I’ll wear it someday. Well, I finally did for a morning stop at a coffee shop in Beverly Hills with my friend Kris. I decided to pair it with a super feminine white skort (that I’ve previously worn for a day of shopping in Santa Monica and in Mexico over the Holidays).
I wanted to be comfortable, so I kept my accessories super simple with my favourite sneakers from Fila, a cute pink crossbody bag from Zara (I thought the pink and blue looked adorable together) and 3 super dainty necklaces to accent the wide neckline of the shirt.
I love that this shirt isn’t just a regular oversized shirt, but has an original neckline and ties at the waist. And I’m also obsessed with the pearl accents that give it a super feminine touch, even though at first glance it might look like I borrowed it from my man’s closet. As I mentionned, I’ve had this shirt for years, but I found a super similar deconstructed version with pearl accents that I linked for you guys… Although this look would work with any oversized shirt. If you don’t have one, you can even borrow one from your man (or dad).
Suspenders are usually worn in women’s outfits with huge wide leg pants (which I find hideous) or school girl skirts (which reminds me of some creepy old man’s fetish). I love that this skirt has built-in suspenders but doesn’t look cliché at all. To me, it has a vintage touch that I would accentuate with this white smocked crop top (similar to the one I wore in Palm Springs earlier this year) and woven sandals and bag. To finish off the look, I’d add this super cute straw hat with a black ribbon that I just got for myself at Forever 21. If you get the hat, I recommend sizing up, because hats are usually loose on me and this one fits me super tight.
The PANT SUIT
Fun fact: I used to work at a law firm, so I still have lots of very corporate clothes… I don’t wear them a lot (read: almost never) here in LA, but one of the few things I do still wear is my collection of blazers. I love a blazer that’s slightly oversized, with sharp shoulders - and I fell in love with this pink one recently. When I discovered it had matching pants, I was sold.
I love that it’s pink, so even though both the top and bottom of this outfit are menswear inspired, the colour makes it super feminine right away. With such a statement look, I’d keep the rest of the outfit simple and understated, with a plain white cropped tank and nude shoes and bag.
The sandal I linked is the Nudist by Stuart Weitzman, because I’m obsessed with their shoes. I’ve worn mine so much, the bottom is almost destroyed and I need to take them to a cobbler to get them fixed before it’s too late. Their shoes are relatively affordable for the insane quality (if you compare them to other designer brands) and they’re by far the most comfortable heels I’ve ever had. I highly recommend.
The Boyfriend Jeans
For the longest time, I was stuck on wearing exclusively skin-tight skinny jeans. But over the last 2 years, I started experimenting with different cuts like boyfriend jeans and mom jeans, and I have to say, I’m obsessed!! They’re much more comfortable, and to be totally honest, I find them to look more fashionable than their super tight counterpart.
To balance out the looser fit of boyfriend jeans, I always wear mine with the tiniest, most feminine crop top I can find (and I have a lot to choose from, lol). I love this top because it’s super cute but sexy, and eyelet is one of the most feminine fabrics to me. I also personally find that looser jeans look much better and more flattering with a heel, even if it’s a lower heel. I fell in love with these mules (once again, super feminine) and I feel like the clear perfume bottle clutch completes the look really well, while giving i a bit of a fun touch.
What do you guys think of these outfits? Which one is your favourite? Are you a fan of wearing menswear inspired pieces paired with feminine styles? If you are, tag me on your menswear inspired pictures on Instagram (@thehungarianbrunette) and I’ll repost them on my stories!!
Love you guys,