The menswear-inspired style is based on the best steals from his closet—blazers, trousers, dress shirts, loafers, oxfords and even hats and ties. The look is a sum of classic, tailored parts, including high-quality materials in leather, herringbone, houndstooth and pinstripe.
The look first gained momentum in the 1920s when Coco Chanel made pants fashionable for women. Katharine Hepburn followed suit by bringing the look to the big screen in the 1930s. Diane Keaton stunned the world in Annie Hall and has evolved her signature menswear style ever since.
The secret to success remains the feminine underpinnings. Be sure to borrow from the boys without giving up your girly side.
Wearing It Well—5 Ideas Fast
- Try a long tweed blazer over a lace camisole and slim jeans with an oxford lace-up.
- Add sparkle to a fitted, black women’s suit with metallic pumps and a beaded scarf.
- Loafers aren’t just for pants anymore. Wear them with your prettiest dresses and skirts all-year round.
- Transform neutral dress pants into something downright jaunty, with a sheer blouse, a simple vest and sleek shoe boots.
- Varsity jackets have made a huge comeback. If you’ve saved one, dust it off at last! (If you haven’t, you’ll find new ones for sale at major retailers.) Wear it with anything when there’s a chill in the air.