Trending: Borrowed From Him & It Suits Her Well

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As the age old story goes, so goes our next Fall 2013 trend report. Girl meets boy, girl falls in love, girl borrows from boy’s closet!  



Not since the late 1970’s have we seen the menswear trend return with such force. From suits to bow ties to houndstooth pullovers, front and center for fall are refined, modern takes on your grandpa’s wardrobe staples.

Looking back, the idea of dressing in the style of our male counterparts gained popularity during the fight for women’s voting rights. The suffrage movement began in the 1850’s, and women of the cause often secretly donned pantaloons under their constricting corsets. In subsequent years, work shirt-clad Rosie the Riveter became an icon of empowerment during World War II. Hollywood style rebels rocked menswear-inspired looks as well, including Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn and Diane Keaton as Woody Allen’s trendsetting muse, Annie Hall.



Designers for the autumn season incorporated the flavor of structured shapes and fabrics – tweeds, leather, tartans – with luxe trimming and sleek lines. We predict the current approach to menswear-inspired looks will move to the top of must-have lists in the winter months to come. Today, we’ll share a few of our favorite runway looks, plus pieces to shop right now.


Menswear-Inspired On The Runway



Leather trim adds a modern twist to Reed Krakoff’s blazer.














Michael Kors makes a strong, monochromatic statement.













Charlie Chaplin chic ruled the runway at Dsquared2.













A jumper from DAKS, with a rose-y topper.













Rag & Bone’s sweater would make Bill Cosby proud.













Versace’s menswear-inspired look has a punk twist.













Shop The Trend



From J. Crew, a glen plaid blazer ($425) may become a new wardrobe staple.













Zara’s floral bow tie ($20) is literally borrowed from the men.






Additional research by Natalie Starnes. Feature image credits: (Katharine Hepburn), (Rosie the Riveter), and (Annie Hall). Runway and product images via individual designers.




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