The last few seasons, menswear has made quite the impression on the runways and the ladies. Thanks to designers like Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel, they’ve taught us that if executed right menswear can create a polished elegance with an androgynous spin. The tailored, menswear trend really gives women an edge. When done right, the look is sophisticated chic and blatantly seductive. There’s a few things to keep in mind when you’re rocking menswear. So how do you pull off the look without it being too literal and looking like you’re trying to play dress up? Here are a few tips to guide you when wearing menswear without losing your personal style.

Fit Is Imperative.

The point of the trend is to help accentuate your body, not hide it. Make sure your jacket and/or pants fit well. Get pieces tailored if necessary. Avoid pieces that create boxy silhouettes. Remember, just because it’s menswear doesn’t mean you have to dress like a man. Even if it’s a boyfriend blazer, darts should fall along your bust line appropriately and shoulder seams should align with your own. The goal is to create a smart feminine look with a fantastic fit.

Add Feminine Touches.

To successfully pull off menswear, add it to your style; don’t interpret it literally. Add girly accents like lace and sheer fabrics to soften up the look. Another great way to soften up menswear is color. A fabulous hue like cobalt blue or a deep pink in your accessories or accent pieces really pop and make a statement. If the trend is too severe for you all at once, just toss a little bit into the equation. Rock a newsboy cap with a casual outfit or wear some Oxfords with some trousers and a feminine blouse. Heels always make a great addition to menswear pieces and elongate your silhouette.

Accessorize Appropriately.

When it comes to things like blazers and jackets, accessorize them with cuff links and/or elbow patches. Visit thrift and vintage stores to find accessories like a pocket watch that can’t just find anywhere nowadays. Don’t be afraid to rock a fedora and some fancy socks with a great vest. An amazing leather messenger bag goes a long way with trend as well. The best part is there’s no wrong way to wear menswear. Make it your own.

– Mattie James

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