Saturday, December 6

The New Boy's Club

Menswear isn't meant to be literal.  Here's how to give it your own alluring spin- no one will accuse you of raiding a guy's closet, that's for sure.

Show a Softer Side

A peplum sweater belted over a gently draped skirt cuts an hourglass shape that's all woman.


Rethink the Overcoat

Add a little heft- and a major focal point- with a sporty topper done up in color-splashed stripes.

Elizabeth & James

Stella McCartney
Rag & Bone

Mix Traditional Patterns

Pinstripes and checks get along famously when rendered in a clean, graphic palette.

J Crew

Lamberston Truex

Supersize Your Trousers

A bit of extra material commands a lot more authority: Slouchy and wide is the new straight and narrow.

424 Fifth

Haider Ackermann
Proenza Schouler
Jimmy Choo

Play With Scale

Mixed plaids look cohesive, not clashing when tied together with ivory.

Polo Ralph Lauren


Four Menswear "Rules" to Ignore

It's time to throw all that logic out the window.

1. The Power Suit Reigns Supreme.  Nope. Separates in unconventional shapes, like swishy skirts and confident culottes, create a fresh, playful take.

2. Go Bold in the Shoulders.  Working Girl was ahead of it's time, but leave the bulky jackets in the 80s.  Softer, rounded shapes are much more modern.

3. Stick to Blacks and Grays.  Actually, pretty much any shade will work as long as it's on the darker side.  Think deep blues and lush reds.

4. Always Keep Your Footwear Feminine.  Sometimes sky-high stilettos can compete with the look and read as try-hard. Switch to a pair of go-with-the-flow brogues.

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