Menswear inspired looks for women are one of my favorite ways to combine feminine and masculine elements. When you are creating a classic work wardrobe, you probably didn’t realize most women’s staple items were originally inspired by men’s clothing. Fun fact, the classic button down was actually inspired by English polo players’ uniform.
For my menswear inspired look I combined a basic striped button down with an old fashioned women’s tie scarf. I wanted to enhance the look with a bit of pattern and color. I also incorporated texture by adding a detailed belt as well as mini polka dot pants. To finish the look, I wanted I chose bright red again for the heels to continue with the pops of color.
Adding these items to your wardrobe is easier than you think. It can add a polished touch to a simple outfit or structure to a busy outfit. I have included some of my favorite menswear inspired pieces as well as 5 easy ways to fe-MEN-ize your classic button down. Whether you lean toward a classic style or a trendier ensemble, menswear can work for anyone.
5 easy ways to incorporate a menswear look with your classic button down:
- Add a Skinny scarf tied like a men’s tie down the front/ or tied in a bow for a more feminine look
- Add suspenders
- Pair it with a paisley print pant
- Actually wear a tie
- Add a tuxedo blazer
How do you include menswear into your work week wardrobe?