Suit Up, Ladies: Menswear Inspiration For This Fall

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” (Coco Chanel)

During the World War I, when men were sent to the battlefields to fight for their countries, women were left behind with their children. Suddenly they had to not only take care of the kids and the household, but they had to go to work in the fabrics to support the family and work really hard to run the community. It changed the whole mentality of the society! The effect of this situation quickly became influential also in the world of fashion! Women started wearing cheap, second-hand clothes that were more comfortable and often inspired by menswear. Women also decided to or had to wear mens clothes that were available.

Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tautou in “Coco Before Chanel” (2009)

Found on stylebubble.co.uk

The same period of time, a young and ambitious designer was about to launch her very first collection, completely inspired by men’s fashion – Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel known as Coco Chanel! She built the entire brand by raiding her partners wardrobe for vests, jackets, shirts, ties and hats! Not long after Chanel – bold, chic and innovative brand – was created, the fashion world became to change! Silhouettes of the dresses became more loose, more and more modest accessories and embellishments were worn, garments used were cheaper and more simple!

Let Us Suit Up Ladies!

#1 From The Catwalks

Chanel jacket for Elle US 2012

Coco Chanel designs for Elle US 2012 editorial shoot!

Found on elle.com

Stella McCartney Fall 2014

Stella McCartney A/W 2014/15 RTW Collection!

Found on vogue.co.uk

TIP: The best way to combine designer or high street clothing with your own style is to get each piece from different collections/brands! To pull off the the perfect outfit following the trend, look for inspiration from collections from different seasons or even eras and combine the ideas with what is worn today! When following the men’s clothing inspired trend, keep in mind to look for catwalks for him as well!

SEE ALSO: STELLA MCCARTNEY IS AW14 READY

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2012/13 Collection

Marc by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2012/13 RTW Collection!

Found on style.com

Saint Laurent Fall 2014 For vogue.fr

Saint Laurent Pre/Fall 2014 Collection for Vogue France!

Found on vogue.fr

Daria Werbowy wearing Jil Sander jacket for Harpers Bazaar

Daria Werbowy wearing Jil Sander’s jacket for Harpers Bazaar Editorial shot by Daniel Jackson!

Found on harpersbazaar.com

SEE ALSO: MARC JACOBS A/W 2014/15 RTW COLLECTION

#2 Street Style

Preppy look for street style

Preppy look for street style inspired by men’s fashion – loafers, black trousers, denim shirt, sweater and briefcase bag!

Found on ENBVOGA

Andy Torres in preppy look street style Paris

Andy Torres in preppy look for Paris street style – little black dress, denim shirt, oversized blazer and a leather haversack with matching boots!

Find on stylescrapbook.com

Preppy style Mango

Preppy look inspired by menswear by Mango – oversozed denim shirt, cropped trousers and tip toe shoes!

Found on refinery29.com

TIP: When looking to pull off a preppy look, keep in mind to seek how the cultural icons, who knew how to mix high class with street style, wore the trend! Use inspiration from menswear and combine it with simple and elegant pieces that add this feminine touch to the outfit!

SEE ALSO: ALEXANDER WANG AW14 RTW COLLECTION

Tomboy style

Tomboy style –  boyfriend jeans, oversized shirt worn with ankle boots!

Found on furtherbound.com

Tomboy style 2

The perfect tomboy style – casual buttoned shirt, baggy trousers worn with lace up shoes and suspenders!

Found on indulgy.com

Tomboy style 3

Casual, tomboy style outfit – skinny ripped jeans, oversized sailor shirt and a pair of Vans!

TIP: Tomboy style is perfect for a casual daywear! More comfortable the better! Wear flat shoes and oversized tops/shirts to pull off the look that tomboy style is all about! Add the feminine touch with accessories, hairstyle, nails and make-up!

SEE ALSO: OVERSIZED COATS FOR AN EFFORTLESS CHIC FALL

Vintage style menswear inspired London Tweed Run 2012

Vintage style, menswear inspired look from The Tweed Run 2012, London!

Found on tweedrun.com

Vintage style menswear inspired 2

Menswear inspired look with a touch of vintage for the street style!

Found on modasenin.com

TIP: The most creative way to try menswear inspired look is to go back a few decades! Not only does the vintage style add this element of sophistication, but it is also a great way to stand out from the crowd with style! Go raid the wardrobes of men in your family or take a day off to browse in thrift and/or vintage shops!

SEE ALSO: LACE UP SHOE TREND HOW TO WEAR THEM

Military jacket for the street style outfit

Military jacket worn with simple black dress!

Found from sincerelyjules.com

Army style outfit for the streetwear

Army style jacket worn with white shirt and leather trousers!

Found on fashionstylemag.com

TIP: Military jacket is coming and going every season and is the ultimate item when talking about menswear inspired trend! Perfect when wanting to pull off the look that shows the strong side of femininity that has been carried to today from the beginning of the 20th century!

#3 Pleated Trousers

Pleated trousers with buttoned up shirt and a black jacket

Pleated trousers worn with buttoned up white shirt, black jacket and tip toe pumps for Paris Fashion Week!

Found on harpersbazaar.com

TIP: Choose your pleated trousers for menswear inspired trend either high waist or/and cropped to make even stronger impact! Bring out your feminine side with accessories such as a belt and a clutch bag!

SEE ALSO: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO WEAR WIDE LEG TROUSERS

#4 Oversized Shirts, Blazers And Pullovers

Oversized shirt with a tie for Stockholm street style

Oversized white shirt worn with a black tie, skinny trousers and ankle boots for Stockholm street style!

Found on we-are-awesome.com

Dark plaid blazer worn with oversized white shirt and accessories

Dark plaid blazer worn with oversized white shirt and accessories!

Found on madewell.com

Tiptone pullover worn with a white shirt. skinny jeans and laceless Oxford shoes

Tiptone pullover worn with a white shirt, skinny jeans and laceless Oxford shoes!

Found on madewell.com

TIP: wearing oversized shirts, pullovers or blazers is chic, sophisticated, bold and sexy way of pulling off the menswear inspired trend this season and any other! These looks make the statement for both men and women!

SEE ALSO: FALL 2014 TREND TURTLENECKS

#5 Parkas, Oversized Coats And Bombers Jackets

Oversized parka street style

Oversized army hooded parka worn with simple white tee and boyfriend jeans!

Found on ELLESAPELLE

TIP: Oversized is the key word for the past few seasons! Match your jackets, blazers, coats and parkas with more feminine pieces to bring out your curves!

Oversized bomber jacket street style

Oversized bomber jacket worn with simple black tee and patterned mini skirt!

Found on kadinveblog.com

SEE ALSO: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE ON HOW TO WEAR A BOMBER JACKET

#6 Loafers, Oxford Shoes and Brogues

Menswear inspired loafers street style

Menswear inspired loafers worn with white shirt, printed trousers and a hat! Photography by Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Found on http://infrared-mag.com/the-winter-hat/

Menswear inspired Oxford shoes street style

Menswear inspired Oxford shoes worn with oversized blazer, pleated trousers and white shirt!

Found on elle.com

TIP: Word “oversized” doesn’t only fit in when talking about clothing when it comes to menswear inspired fashion trend! This A/W freely hide your heels for the better weather and go shop for a few pairs of comfortable brogues, loafers or Oxford shoes!

Menswear inspired brogues street style

Menswear inspired brogues worn with white trousers, monochrome jacket and a clutch bag!

Found on harpersbazaar.com

 SEE ALSO: 14 OXFORD SHOES TO BRAG ABOUT

#7 Collars,  Bow Ties And Suspenders

Menswear inspired preppy look

Menswear inspired preppy look!

Found on darlingmagazine.org

Feminine way of wearing suspenders with your high waist pleated trousers

Pleated high waist trousers worn with suspenders and a v-neck blouse!

Found on theladyandthebeard.com

TIP: To keep the gorgeous feminine touch, wear menswear-inspired clothing, shoes and accessories with the ones you already own! It is a great way to mix those pieces that you maybe found too girly before!

SEE ALSO: FALL 2014 TREND ALERT SCHOLAR STYLE

Are you ready to man up and wear the trend for A/W 2014/15 season?

Comment below to leave a feedback!

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By | 2017-09-05T18:44:37+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Style|

About the Author:

A fashion photographer from Estonia who is taking BA degree studies in Southampton Solent University, United Kingdom. Currently based in Lisbon, Portugal.
Fashion and photography have always been a great passion of mine, which is why, after a short period of art and photography studies in Odder, Denmark, I decided to commit myself to a BA degree in fashion photography to grow as an artist, improve the technical skills and deeply understand the behind the scene of fashion industry.
Curious and adventurous personality allows me to explore fashion photography from different angles. I enjoy working in the studio and outdoors, creating a different narrative and look each time. Until now, I also styled and directed on hair and make-up on the shoots. The outcome is always edited and retouched by me. I am also interested in graphic design and take a great pleasure combining these two fields that are so strongly connected.

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