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4 Ways to Wear the Menswear-Inspired Trend This Fall


Jason Wu, Dolce and Gabbana, Karen Walker & Céline Fall 2011 RTW | Courtesy of Elle

Of all the popular fall 2011 trends we’ve talked about here at CF, the menswear-inspired look is arguably the season’s hottest. From loafers and oxfords to suspenders and blazers, the androgynous look is in this fall.

Need some outfit ideas before you rock this trend? Whether your style is classic, edgy, girly or more laid-back, we’ve got you covered. Scroll on down to check out four stylish, fall-appropriate ways to wear the menswear-inspired trend:

Modern Day Katharine Hepburn

Menswear-inspired outfit 1
Product Info: Sweater- Forever 21, Belt- Anthropologie, Earrings- Forever 21, Clutch- H&M, Pants- Zara, Loafers- Debenhams

Create a timeless, yet simple menswear-inspired look by pairing a striped pullover sweater with some fitted ankle-cuff trousers and a pair of classic loafers. Add a braided belt and some statement earrings for interest. Finish this look with a sleek envelope clutch for a neutral-colored outfit that’s anything but boring.

A Trendy Approach

Menswear-inspired outfit 2
Product Info: Blouse- Dorothy Perkins, Trousers- Forever 21, Necklace- H&M, Turband- Nasty Gal, Ring- House of Harlow 1960, Pumps- ASOS

For a truly “borrowed-from-the-boys” look, try wearing some streamlined trousers with built-in suspenders, like the ones above. Wear these trousers with jade green blouse for a splash of rich color, then add some stacked loafer heels and a simple turband to up the trend factor another notch. For a finishing touch, add some quirky-cool jewelry like this patterned cocktail ring and pocket-watch style necklace.

Boy Meets Girl

Menswear-inspired outfit 3
Product Info: Blazer- Forever 21, Blouse- House of Fraser, Watch- American Apparel, Tights- Urban Outfitters, Shorts- Miss Selfridge, Shoes- DSW

If you love pretty and feminine outfits, but still want to try out some menswear-inspired pieces, this look is for you! Start by pairing a printed tie-neck blouse with some structured berry-colored shorts, then layer on sheer tights and a sharp blazer in a soft blush shade for some extra warmth. Add some oxford heels and a practical watch for an outfit that perfectly balances both masculine and feminine pieces.

Cozy & Casual

Menswear-inspired outfit 4
Product Info: Hat- ModCloth, Shirt- Old Navy, Cardigan- Forever 21, Jeans- Lord & Taylor, Boots- Delia’s, Rings- Dorothy Perkins

This is the perfect outfit for a laid-back autumn afternoon. Wear some slouchy straight-leg boyfriend jeans with a cozy flannel shirt. Next, add a collegiate-style cardigan and some rugged-yet-comfy lace-up boots. Finally, accessorize with a knit hat and some stacked rings for a look that was made for enjoying the cool fall weather.

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this trend? Would you ever wear a menswear-inspired look? Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Posted on on October 9, 2011 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “4 Ways to Wear the Menswear-Inspired Trend This Fall”

  1. 1
    October 9th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I love the menswear-inspired trend. It’s definitely one of my favourites because it looks cute and it’s always so comfortable. Great job on the looks!

  2. 2
    October 9th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    This is one of my favorite trends, it’s also really similar to my personal style. I love the “boy meets girl” outfit!

  3. 3
    October 9th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Love those runway looks, especially the first three. Great post!

  4. 4
    October 9th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Omg I LOVE outfits two and three!! Except I’d switch the trousers out for a pair of shorts in number two, since I don’t wear pants at all.

    That watch necklace, those shorts . . . abnsdlfakfdnajkl and I can’t buy anything more until Christmas or I get a call from an employer. orz Let alone another watch necklace. But I have none with an open face, arrgh why do you do this to me CF? ;___;

    . . . I need to stop checking this site when I have no money. Expecially when I’m near an H&M. orz

  5. 5
    October 9th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Also, does anyone know where to find a pair of shorts like these in Canada? I actually need a new pair, and these fit my style perfectly.

  6. 6
    October 9th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Damn, they don’t have that necklace on the Canadian H&M site. :'( I think I know where I can find a similar one, though…

  7. 7
    October 10th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love the Katharine Hepburn and Boy Meets Girl looks. They’re full of versatile pieces that are menswear inspired, but still feminine. Love1

  8. 8
    October 10th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Obsessed with the Boy Meets Girl style! This is definitely a style you would see me rocking :)


  9. 9
    October 13th, 2011 at 4:34 am

    totally love these outfit ideas!! going to try them out really soon!!

  10. 10
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I work at a mens formalwear shop and I’m OBSESSED with menswear inspired clothes for women. Getting to wear suit vests and ties and blazers is ridiculously exciting to me.

    Love the suspenders look, I’ll definitely need to try that one!!

    Ps- tuxedo jackets with tails look AWESOME on women if you are able to find a place to wear it!!

  11. 11
    September 27th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    okay, this might be my favorite post ever.

  12. 12
    August 11th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    i think menswear on women is one of the best styles. i can relate to eve as i work in mens fashion and mainly with business wear. i love wearing some items at work. vests, ties, shirts with cufflinks and some suit jackets. but my most loved item is suspenders. high waisted skirts and wide leg pants look so good with suspenders attached. i wear suspenders every day to work and always get great comments and over time i have found women wear suspenders more than men and is the most common item to sell out

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