Masculine can be very feminine.
Wearing a masculine style and turning it feminine is one of the easiest ways to redefine an outfit.
A pin-striped suit, a classic button-down shirt, tailored trousers and the tuxedo jacket; all borrowed from the male but staples for any woman’s wardrobe.
On a “cost per wear” basis these are by far the best performers in my cupboard.
Let’s start with the masculine style of shoes.
I love a brogue, a lace-up, a loafer and not only do they look cute with trousers but also a lace-up can work with a dress or skirt and opaque tights during the winter.
The brogue accompanying a tailored trouser is not for the office alone.
I like the masculine shoe worn with a pant that is a little short, not Capri length but slightly longer where a flash of the ankle is shown. That is where the feminine comes in.
There is an elegance about tailored pants and a fine ankle peeking through. The balance between the texture of the suiting fabric, the shape of the ankle and the masculinity of the shoe provides contrast. This draws attention and adds that dose of “sexy” to a traditionally male outfit. The length of the trouser is all-important.
An A-line or slightly fuller skirt, a turtleneck and a pair of loafers or lace-ups are another way to add the masculine to the feminine. This is a sleek silhouette, with the flare of the skirt adding that touch of “pretty”.
I favour wearing the skirt and turtleneck in monochrome. Traditionally all black is my go-to but winter white when worn with black opaque tights and black lace-ups would be a striking change, topped with a dark “man-style” overcoat. Bring on the chill.
Men do know a thing or two about fashion.
The masculine flat is simply a more formal version of the sneaker; the same style rules can apply. And the best news of all, the comfort. xv
images of grace kelly from alfred hitchcock’s rear window 1954