The androgynous look was all over the runways this fall, mixing different fits and shapes from both sexes to create trendy, unconventional looks. There are lots of benefits to the androgynous wardrobe pairing: you get to have some fun layering and experimenting with masculine pieces; it’s a low maintenance, comfortable look; and when done correctly, just about everyone looks great in one of these outfits.
By adding a few menswear pieces to your wardrobe, you’ll be able to create dozens of new looks by mixing them with items that are already in your closet. Here are three key menswear pieces to add to your wardrobe this fall and tips on how to wear them…
Most people tend to stay away from pleated pants because they have a reputation for being unflattering, baggy, and figure-hiding. The key to androgynous pairing is to take a masculine silhouette and contrast it with something that shows off a feminine one. Pair your pleated pants with flirty, feminine elements, like a midriff-grazing crop top or tank. If you’re not feeling the pleated pants or you want a more casual look, substitute with a pair of boyfriend jeans, which you can match with the same types of shirts. You can wear either look with some heels, or complete the androgynous look with a pair of brogues or oxford shoes.
The best tip for oxford shirts is to have fun with layering. The clean lines of an oxford shirt makes for a great base to create an endless number of layering options. Button your shirt all the way up to play up the masculine side to this look and match with a pair of tailored pants or shorts. Try adding a fitted boyfriend jacket either on its own or in addition to a sweater. When accessorizing, remember to go with subtle and simple. Avoid long or layered necklaces and instead go for short, classic, and simple.
A boyfriend blazer is a great way to finish off your layered look. Whether you go for fitted or oversized, remember to balance out the proportions. Start with the blazer and match your other pieces accordingly. If you prefer fitted, go for a lighter-weight blazer to open up more layering options and avoid looking too bulky. Likewise, if you go oversized, you should pair your blazer with more fitted, feminine pieces. Don’t be afraid to go all out with this look and try an oversized, boxy jacket for an exaggerated androgynous look.
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