Today Alexander Bailey, style writer at menswear e-tailer MilanStyle.co.uk writes about the timeless style of women wearing menswear designer labels.
Ever since Yves Saint Laurent created Le Smoking tuxedo for women in 1966, women have been turning to menswear for inspiration for their next look. As the decades have passed since YSL’s iconic androgynous designs, clothes have not only become more unisex in their appeal, but women are increasingly more comfortable buying menswear for themselves and wearing them their own way. Style is becoming increasingly unisex and boundaries are blurring.
Half way through last year menswear e-tailer MilanStyle.co.uk saw a big trend for women shopping for menswear and asking detailed questions about the products. Just a generous, loving girlfriend or wife making sure her boyfriend or husband looked his best? Nope, these women were buying the high-end menswear labels strictly for themselves. The labels most sought after at MilanStyle.co.uk included Givenchy, Kris Van Assche and Thom Browne.
Givenchy’s men’s t-shirts have been particularly popular. Perhaps they’d been inspired by the ‘unisex’ campaign featuring the fierce Naomi Campbell for the Givenchy house in AW11. They are also a great way to buy into the higher-end range, such as this cotton and silk t-shirt, which features the same print as Givenchy’s pre-summer collection.
Paris-based Menswear label Kris Van Assche is just as popular. The dark, sportswear inspired collections have a strong masculine identity, which women wear with their more feminine pieces to create a stark contrast. Incidentally, Van Assche is also the Creative Director of Dior Homme, the luxury menswear brand famous for its men’s skinny-fit suits and jeans. This red and black Ikat cotton shirt is a brighter style by Van Assche, perfect for the summer.
Last but not least is New York based Thom Browne, a firm favourite for his ‘Made in America’ sportswear and collegiate-inspired looks. Girls are buying his classic Oxford shirts, worn as a throwback to the ‘Sloane Ranger’ with a tweed jacket, skirt and pearls. We love this check blazer as a throw on piece which is ideal for spring in red, navy and pale blue. Pair with these tailored blue shorts for particularly boyish styling.
All these designers and more are available to buy on MilanStyle.co.uk
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