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(Image above: Wardrobe photo found at the blog of Softspoken)
As we’ve been noticing over the past few months, in difficult economic times, women’s fashion tends to shift toward the sturdy, clean-line constructions of menswear. We’ve been seeing a number of such menswear-inspired items passing through the ModCloth writing team’s garment racks, and as a man myself, I’m naturally drawn to these looks. That’s why this homey outfit photo from Softspoken attracted my attention and inspired me to use it in today’s entry. She’s taken a number of familial vintage pieces, from her mom’s 70s high-waisted trousers to her dad’s 80s plaid shirt, and combined them with current items, such as an on-trend fedora and draping beaded necklace, to create a cute and contemporary-yet-retro ensemble on a budget. For a similar look, you may want to try slipping on the Puget Plaid Tunic and keeping it un-buttoned over The Girly Alterna-tee and tucking that into the Studio 54 Jeans. Add the finishing touches with the K-Fedora and the Just Bead It Necklace Set to look fiercely feminine.
I am not so sure that the menswear thing is because of economic times or because it is the natural swing from such feminine and girly styles that have been flodding the fashion world. Remember Annie Hall(1977) came after the Stepford Wives(1972).
I love it!
I find that those pants are always in style, if you wear them the right way with the right things.
I think the menswear thing is totally tied to the economic times. Bill Cunningham, fashion photographer for NY Times was recently pointing out a resurgence in the popularity of the shirtdress in the recession. People want to look streamlined, simplified. I would even go so far as to say: people want to look hardworking and capable, typically perceived to be gendered male qualities.
Great style! =D I am not at all opposed to all of the menswear…so cute!
Yes but, the shirt dress was popular in the 1980s when the economy was good. Actually the shirt dress always becomes popluar when jean styles change from wideleg to skinny.. (i.e. 1950s, 1980s, Last year…)
The economy was good for a very small portion of people in the 80’s. The 80’s was also when we, as a country, learned that there’s no sense in President Reagan’s trickle-down economics.
Well, I don’t know much of the history of fashion-economics correlation, but I do know that I–not being a big one for following the trends (really, taking great pleasure in being off-trend)–was dismayed to discover that the menswear look was becoming “trendy” right when I was starting to like the look, myself! I’ve always worn articles of guys’ clothing (brother’s cargo pants, male friend’s tweed flat cap, father’s lambskin jacket…) but never really paid attention to the more dressed-up side of the masculine look ’til I found an old (er, vintage) red-and-white striped vest at my favorite thrift shop. I tried in on right there in front of a mirror in the middle of the floor, and an elderly lady peered over my shoulder at my reflection and said, “Well! I’d get it if I were you!” I liked it, too, so I did. I love that thing, but now that I know it’s trendy…
Oh well! Really, I should just be glad of the opportunity to stock up on styles that I liked before I knew about the trend, and will probably still like after the trend has passed. 🙂
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