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Be Androgynous or Simply Stylish in Menswear Inspired Ensembles!



Rihanna, Eva Marcille and Kelly Rowland in menswear

There is  something about a woman in a tux…

This celebrity trend has been making its rounds for a while now and has been surprisingly exclusive to celebrities, with Rihanna being one of its sole pioneers. Riri kicked-off this trend at the Met Gala event 2 years ago, fast forward to 2010/11, it is still trending, albeit subtly.

The menswear inspired look is an incredibly glamorous and classic look that commands attention and inspires confidence in a woman. This look is bold and fearless.

These are key points to be remembered when accessorizing:

  • Clean-cut pieces (like a well tailored blazer) exude sexy simplicity.
  • Pair a double breasted  slouchy blazer with stylish shorts or a more  feminine blazer  either with wide leg trousers or boyfriend tailored pants  for more urbane tomboy look.
The most exciting aspect of this trend is the diverse ways it can be exhibited, so whether you are a tomboy or you are daring enough, this look will transform your routine style to dapper chic!

Below are menswear inspired looks that I have put together:

This look is uber glamorous and has a grown and sexy feel to it! Fuse menswear inspired cuts with bright colours, textures and feminne accessories to ooze confidence in all the chic ways possible!

Bold colours attract attention and  give a fresh refined look . If you fancy the mustard blazer with the outfit, your choice of footwear should be toned down (the simple black & leopard toe pumps) and for those who prefer the grey blazer, try something enthralling (the colored pumps).  Clashing prints and colours with this bold look would turn out overbearing.

This is an inspired look not a menswear derived look, so you do not necessarily have to go scouting the menswear department only(altered feminine pieces are great). This trend does not always have to give off the ‘red carpet ready’ look, it works just as well casually. Indulge in accessories that are peculiar to men like suspenders and  men’s belt to add a fun vibe to the look.

Accessorizing precisely is paramount in getting the style right. Getting the casual look right is as easy as pairing a boyfriend tailored trouser(above) with a simple white tee and suspenders- which add personality to the overall look. Hats are in this season and this is a good excuse as any to wear one and switch up your look. As with all forms of menswear inspired ensembles, over accessorizing greatly diminishes the effect of the look, keep jewelry to a minimum.

Always keep  a couple of pairs of earrings in your bag in case you suddenly need to give your outfit a lift- Paloma Picasso.

This trend should not be made boring, mix it up, add colors to your look, add a tie, a bow, or even a sash.Wear wide pants for a different look or skinny pants more than a few inches above your ankle, finish it off with a nice lipstick colour or lip gloss and high fierce pumps. This look is bold, so keep it as simple as a small purse(it looks a lot better if the purse is in contrast to your overall look).

Pulling off this look can be tricky but it is a fresh and a great way to break out of the same feminine routine and also a great excuse to try something new.

“It’s the stark, sexy contrast that brings out the best of both—the cool chic of the suit and the sexiness of the woman in it”Tom Ford


  1. jnn

    August 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    wow…..i will rock dis any day

  2. samsie

    August 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I seeee…..really nice..

  3. buchibazuka

    August 14, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    cute….this kinda clothes exude power in a woman!so modern!!!!!!!

  4. amber rose

    August 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Fab, fab and fab! Dnt b afraid to push boundries

  5. yemi

    August 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    This is nice nd different, I guess we can now go to dinner in tux instead of dinner gown all d time.

  6. sexylips

    August 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    this is new and exciting for me.def trying this out soon enough! 😀

  7. ivy

    August 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Wow!very nyc n inspirin…guess id go shoppin soon.

  8. ivy

    August 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Very very nyc,guess I’d go shoppin soon.

  9. sade

    August 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    All of the above can also be paired with a leather skirt!

  10. lucylu

    August 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    its a very nyc concept dat ought to be tried by very stylish nd daring chics.

  11. Freda

    August 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    GO UGO!!!..
    Love it!!..xx

  12. aibii

    August 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Rly nice!!!hope twud look gooD on me

  13. bisola

    August 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Wrong about rihanna being one of the sole pioneers. Gabrielle “Coco” chanel was the pioneer of androgynous look and this look as been around since the 60’s

  14. cathy

    August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    fab and hawt. im so loving the look

  15. Tylr

    August 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I have always been fascinated by androgyny .My ego isn’t big enough to let me try it sha

  16. Ugo Onyeka

    August 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks everyone!

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