What do Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift have in common? They've all embraced the menswear fashion trend -- and we think it's time we followed suit (pun intended). Fall 2012 is the perfect opportunity to put away the girly sundresses and slip into something more tailored.
With the help of celebrity stylists, we've rounded up the top ways you can take sartorial cues from the guys without completely ditching your feminine clothes. Get ready to channel your inner tomboy.
A classic blazer in navy or black is the number one staple when it comes to your menswear-inspired wardrobe. Fit is always important to consider, but makes all the difference in a blazer. "You want the blazer to fit well through the shoulders," says Sanders. "You don't want it to be loose and slouchy and overwhelm your frame."
Along with fit, layering with feminine pieces is the best way to make a blazer stylish. "Even if you are wearing multiple menswear pieces -- like a button-down shirt and a blazer -- pairing with flirty shorts makes the outfit cute and sexy."
So how do you pull off a necktie without looking like a stuffy businessman? Easy. The key to wearing a tie is to keep it in proportion to your frame. "You don't want to wear a men's tie and look like you're playing dress up," says Rygorsky. So instead of raiding your BF's closet, try the little boy's department. "Ties in boys' sizes are the perfect length to wear with a cute oxford, and thankfully a lot of them come pre-tied."
OK, so you might associate suspenders with famous nerd Steve Urkel, but bear with us here. This menswear accessory can actually be quite chic on women, and it's a great statement piece. "Suspenders can look really flirty," says Rygorsky. "Try a slim, black pair with a black pencil skirt and a fitted feminine blouse. You really want to choose an outfit that will counterbalance the masculinity of the suspenders."
Make a statement with a men's style watch and pile on the bracelets. "Layering with other jewelry is key," says Sanders. "And you want to find a watch that still fits you. It can have a big face, but you want the band to be sized correctly." This way it will look like it's actually your own watch ... not like you borrowed your dad's.
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Now tells us: Will you wear menswear-inspired fashion this fall?
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