This Is A (Wo)Man’s World

“This is a man’s world, this is a man’s world
But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl”

-James Brown, American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist

According to James Brown this is a man’s world and in many ways he is correct. (Wait. Hear me out.) Men continue to dominate the C-suite at most major companies; men hold the highest leadership roles in most countries; congressional leaders in the US are mostly men. However if this year’s US presidential election is any indication, change is on the rise. Ironically, while women are continuing to have greater and more powerful roles in various areas; the menswear-inspired/androgynous look is also increasing in popularity. (I know. Go figure.)

To date I have not fully embraced this trend. However, a random shopping trip this past Saturday yielded these menswear inspired booties from Coach and I am in love.

Cary Bootie – coach.com

Initially I was not sure I wanted to make this purchase. I am such a girly girl at heart and thought that this look was too “boyish” for me. However in thinking that I had forgotten my rule; to make the look my own; to focus on the “inspiration” rather than the literal side of this look. The longer I strolled around the store and gazed into the mirror, the more I began to envision the possibilities; pencil skirts and blouses, tailored suits in jewel tones, statement accessories. The list goes on and on. The menswear-inspired look is not about men and following in their footsteps. It is about women making something their own and doing it better.

According to Rebecca Ramsey at New York Magazine, “The key to pulling the look off is often pure tailoring and proportion, paired with the great accessories women already love.” It’s about mixing sharp angles synonymous with men’s suiting with soft flowy blouses; tailored pants with heeled loafers; fabrics with subtle shine; op-art patterns. This is a look to have fun with; a look that says I play with the big boys but I’m still a woman (hear me roar).

Elizabeth and James Sienna blazer – saksfifthavenue.com, Elizabeth and James Winston pant – piperlime.gap.com, Kenneth Jay Lane Ram Circle Pendant Necklace – gilt.com, J. Crew Chiffon Top In Hothouse Floral – jcrew.com, Clara Studio Gold Curved Drop Earrings – gilt.com, Plenty by Tracy Reese Button Tab Heels – anthropologie.com, Guess gold watch – guess.com, Pour La Victoire Maison Tote – gilt.com

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