A big trend in the world of fashion right now is “man styling”. And I don’t mean moustache trimming and back waxing.
Basically, the style takes its cues from a gentleman’s wardrobe. Just think of breezy white button down shirts, grey tweed trousers, loose fitting jackets, navy wool jumpers and shiny oxford shoes.
I was keen to buy a pair of trousers to add to my own wardrobe. I have dozens of skinny jeans and pants, but not much in the way of classically tailored trousers.
So I popped into a Zara store and I spied these lovely, dove grey trousers for $70.
At first I was reluctant to buy them because they were waaay too long for me and I would need to have them altered (add $30), so I hesitated for a few minutes and took a walk around the store to think. When I came back, I realised that TWO people had since come to the pants rack and nabbed both XS pants that were hanging there. CRAP!
I was soooo pissed off with my own failure to pounce on a rare XS item that I stormed off to sit in a café, and immediately trawled through ebay on my phone. Well, the shopping gods must have been smiling down on me because a lady in Sydney was selling the exact pair (with tags still on), and she already had the legs shortened! No way! I bought them for $35! Including shipping! High five to all the short people out there!
Ok back to the man styling.
I wore my perfectly-fitting Zara trousers (the modern look is to have a tiny bit of fabric gathering at your ankles), with my Equipment silk white shirt, Acne heels, double breasted grey jacket by Dodo, big chunky divers watch and Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.
So while I looked like a picture of modern style and sophistication… I just felt a bit awkward.
I felt like I wasn’t playing up the best of my body shape. What happened to my waist? What happened to my curves? My petite hourglass figure was totally lost in the shapeless silhouette. Fashion is supposed to make you feel great. And while this look certainly looks amazing on other people, for me, I felt like I was wearing my pyjamas all day. Shapeless, floppy, and a bit sloppy.
Maybe if I was working in an office environment, where I had to dress more professional, more neutral, and more conservative every day… then maybe I’d be more receptive to experimenting with the man style silhouette.
But for now, I tucked in my shirt, gave myself a messy ponytail and a silly expression to make myself feel better.
(I did feel pretty good in the outfit after that. Especially with the messy pony tail.)
Funny story – a girl on the street chased me down to compliment me on my outfit and she asked me where I got my pants from!
As for my jacket, it is a light cotton, double breasted blazer, with full lining. It was a gift to me from YesStyle, who have an incredible number of jacket styles, at a very affordable price. Perfect if you’re looking to try some man styling!
Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.