The New Menswear (for Women)

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While there are plenty of daring trends to try this fall (like pastel furs, oversize polka dots and insanely mixed prints), nothing feels more on-trend than cozy, classic menswear-inspired pieces. Think old-school Ralph Lauren; equestrian-esque pieces like cable-knit sweaters, grandpa plaids and penny loafers – but with a modern, feminine spin, of course.

The pieces below perfectly illustrate this trend. Instead of taking direct inspiration from stuffy men’s pieces, choose items that just hint at the trend. Stick to a neutral palette of camel, cream, and olive, but add pops of rich color with an orange scarf and yellow pants to keep it fresh.  Similarly, a tiny retro plaid looks perfect – even a little sexy – on a fitted blazer worn open, with a solid tank underneath. 

Wearing chic, modern shapes also keeps this trend current. Buy a chunky cable knit a few sizes too big and wear it slouchy with skinny pants and riding boots (or the penny loafer heels, which add a sophisticated touch to any outfit). Or invest in a loose, asymmetrical jacket done in a giant red-and-charcoal check pattern.  Finishing touches like a sporty puffer vest, a vintagey envelope purse and a dainty chain-link bracelet complete the look.



  1. Plaid blazer, H&M, $29.95
  2. Yellow pants, H&M, $14.95
  3. Loafer heels, H&M, $49.95
  4. Silk-cashmere wrap scarf, J.Crew, $75
  5. Envelope bag, H&M, $24.95
  6. Knitted Cable-Knit Sweater, Topshop, $76
  7. Chain-link bracelet, H&M, $4.95
  8. Felt flared-back jacket, Thakoon, $590
  9. Quilted vest, J.Crew, $98


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