(Trouser: Madewell – Shirt: Madewell – Blazer: J.Crew Factory – Loafer: old but similar here –
Belt: old but similar here)
Menswear is Having a Moment.
But let’s face it, menswear is always having a moment at the beginning of fall. About this time of year, I have visions of Harvard sweatshirts (no, I didn’t go there #GoDawgs), red plaid blazers, and richly colored penny loafers. I love to incorporate the bold, beautiful colors of the season into my fall wardrobe and even more so in a classic pair of men’s inspired trousers.
Princess Diana was the queen (pun intended) of the pleated trouser and if it was good enough for Di, it’s good enough for me. I love the high waisted silhouette of the traditional trouser rather than a low riding pant that hits at the largest part of most of women’s bodies: the hip. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a rail so it’s nice when you can find a pair of pants that allows you to nip in your waist and somewhat disguise other areas.
This particular look was inspired by many of the 80’s heroines (sans shoulder pads). I paired these plaid trousers with a white cotton button up, which is a pretty simple outfit when you think about it.
**Side Note: If you do not currently own a basic white button up, take a moment and get one. They’re the single most worn item in my closet and I recommend you grab one pronto.
While it’s nice to update a more classic outfit with trendy items, I stayed pretty traditional for this look. I finished this off with a camel blazer and a black loafer (more closet staples I highly recommend you invest in.)
A note on blazers: If you feel like a blazer will make you look frumpy or “too serious”, fear not. Blazers can add a lot of interest to an outfit and dress up just about anything, including jeans.
For me, menswear is actually quite feminine. With those vintage silhouettes, you can highlight your waist and wear more comfortable pieces, all while giving the guys a run for their money.
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