One of my favorite aspects of style is the ability to think outside the box and combine different pieces to make a unique and personalized outfit. It may sound a little unconventional, but one of my favorite pieces of advice to give my clients is to try shopping in the men’s section. With October right around the corner let’s talk about a few of my favorite fall outfits that all include a piece of men’s clothing.
THE SWEATER DRESS
On those days that you need to look dressed up, but still want to be comfortable, the sweater dress will be your best friend. Whenever I wear this type of outfit I always choose a men’s sweater. Typically you’ll want to size up about 2-3 times to make sure you get the appropriate length. Also depending on the fabric, you can pull the neck of the sweater to give yourself a cute off the shoulder look. To eliminate a boxy effect, pair this look with a pair of heeled over the knee boots.
By now we’ve all seen the boyfriend blazer paired with jeans, shorts, joggers, etc., but have you tried wearing a men’s blazer as a dress? This outfit is so easy to dress up or down. I’ll wear this look during the day with sneakers and then quickly swap to a strappy heeled sandal for the night. This look is the perfect mix of sophisticated and sexy. If your blazer dress feels too short, throw on a pair of black biker shorts.
One word comes to mind when I think of fall fashion and that word is layers! For a trendy oversized look, try playing with men’s jackets. The extra room will allow you to layer a chunky sweater or hoodie underneath. As I mentioned before, the easiest way to wear an oversized outfit without looking boxy or sloppy is to add a heel. The heel will elongate your body and draw the eye up.
If you feel like you’re in a fashion rut, try something new and shop in the men’s section. It may feel strange at first, but when you mix masculine and feminine pieces together it creates an effortlessly chic look. Always remember that fashion has no defined rules, have fun, and feel free to get creative!
Written by: Caitlin Jaymes