Borrowing from the boys is nothing new, and I'm certainly no stranger to the trend, myself. It's been a lifelong love affair that started out as adolescent angst; it was my rebellion against dresses and all things feminine. It's actually funny, considering how often I'm in a dress, these days. Back then, I took to menswear in a very literal sense, shopping for second-hand golf pants (the louder the plaid, the better), ties, and schoolboy blazers in the mens section of my local thrift haunts. While my peers embraced the sugary pop-punk, tank top and tie trend, I buttoned up to the top with a sloppy windsor-knot and topped it off with a velvet riding jacket. I thought I was the picture of fashion-forward greatness, but it sounds cuter than it looked. Just put it this way: I was no Annie Hall.
I eventually gave up the ill-fitting clothes and made way for a more tailored, feminine version of the menswear maven I once tried to embody. I still button all the way to the top, but I've swapped the tie for a bow tie, a statement necklace, or I simply leave it bare. The shirts are made for a woman's body, with darts and strategically placed seams - and the blazers... well, I do still love a shrunken blazer from the boys section (some things never change). But lately, in my comfort-seeking days, it's been less about the tailored shirt and jacket and more about the casual side of menswear. My new best friends are boyfriend jeans, oversized grandpa-style sweaters, and silky button downs. And while the old me would have gone with a sneakers/messenger bag/lip balm combo, the current me added a feminine spin with a sleek pair of boots that add the perfect amount of height, a floral tapestry clutch, and bold red lipstick. I've come a long way since high school. Here's to style evolution. - Keiko Lynn
Wearing: Souchi cardigan, Equipment blouse, SOREL Medina Rain Tall, thrifted men's belt, BonLook glasses, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, Hearts clutch, 7 For All Mankind jeans.
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