August 26, Womens Equality Day and although I could use this time to get all deep and meaningful about equality and the struggles, I’m afraid I am going to use the time to talk about something I like.
But first, I’ll tell you a funny story…
The Fashion Mister is pretty funny, and very witty and likes to stir up trouble sometimes. Ages ago when we applied for our frequent flyer cards he thought it would be amusing to put the title Dr. in front of my name. He did this because when it precedes my sir name it is a brand of shoes…not a very girlie brand mind you but still shoes…famous ones.
So when we travel, everything has that title on it. He laughs when the airline attendants greet me with Dr. ______.
When we were in China, every one looked at him when they said Dr.________. Because he is the man, they expected him to be the doctor. I guess Womens Equality hasn’t quite caught up there.
Anyway, back to fashion!
Seems like the perfect time to talk about the masculine vs. feminine trend. Not male vs. female, but the how of taking a look and spinning it either way, the more tailored masculine side vs the softer feminine side. I have pulled all these images from my boards on Pinterest.com.
The Suit: I love both of these suit looks. You would be more likely to find me wearing the one on the left, the masculine version. Mostly because I worship wide-legged tailored pants and all the classic tailoring, but also because at my age, I just don’t have the body to wear that cute little bra top and nothing else under a blazer! But if I could, I would! I think it is that bra top that really makes the difference in these two looks and what makes the white top more feminine. Okay, the black stilettos help.
The Pencil Skirt: Just in case you thought a pencil skirt was a pencil skirt and nothing more. From these two photos you can see that it’s quite easy to play up either the feminine side or the more masculine side of a pencil skirt. The colour and print paired with the strappy sandals on the left lead the look to the feminine, where the neutral colours, button-down shirt, blazer and closed toe shoe keep the look on the right more masculine. Again, I’d most likely be found in the look on the right because my wardrobe is full of those pieces, but I love the look on the right and hope to move more that direction over the spring and summer months.
Layers: And what about looks for you in the Northern Hemisphere. How can you embrace either the feminine or masculine sides of your wardrobe in the upcoming cooler months? Why with layers of course! This time on the right, we have the more tailored masculine look with the wide-legged pants, button-down shirt and the added layer of a jumper/sweater. All kept conservative and business-like in neutral and plum. On the left is a softer, flirtier look in similar colours that leans more to the feminine side. Why? Just because of the ruffled skirt. Pretty much everything else in the look is masculine but the skirt is just enough to push this layered look to the feminine side.
All White: Again a look that the simple change from tailored pants to girlie pleated skirt makes the difference. Note that in both pics the ladies are wearing a simple white shirt with pockets. In fact to me it would appear the one on the left is more a chiffon or silk where the one on the right is likely to be cotton. If you were just looking at the shirts you would think the opposite of what the overall looks are doing.
The Leather Jacket: You know how much I love my leather jacket and in fact I love both of these looks. However, this is one time where I am more likely to be wearing the more feminine look. Because I love the juxtaposition of hard and soft and the look on the right is exactly my aesthetic. Although I will admit that there is a fair chance I will borrow from the look on the left. Wearing my leather jacket, Ralph Lauren black wide leg pants and probably adding a white t-shirt…just because I can.
It seems a fine line to tread between the masculine and feminine lines. Both sides can do tailoring and fabrics can be mixed as seen in the All White look. But predominately the differences seem to be in fabrics, prints and pairing softer touches to take the edge off the more tailored/masculine pieces.
Oh, and by the way…I don’t think women have to “prove” they are equal…I just believe we are. Unfortunately there are plenty of people out there who haven’t caught up with that thought yet.
Hope you don’t mind that I did finish off my celebration of Womens Equality Day with a little something that wasn’t just about fashion.
- 4 Looks That Won’t Go Out of Style (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Look of the Day: Masculine Feminine (fabsugar.com)
- 1 Piece, 3 Ways – Black Pencil Skirt (workwearstyle.wordpress.com)
- The teacher’s in: vintage pencil skirts (anjouclothing.com)
- 5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day! (self.com)