Howdy Readers! I want to wax poetic about menswear for a second. It would seem obvious that menswear styling has to play a part in career wear, but bear with the nerd for a second and let her define terms. Menswear-inspired details are what take work wear from just the pants, shirt and jacket you have to wear Monday to Friday to an outfit that you feel powerful in. If you look at those ladies up there from left to right, their interpretations of the suit are very different and work to suit their personalities. (I can’t promise that will be the last suit – related pun) It can be really tricky to find a good suit, and because I am annoyingly picky, I have not found mine yet, though it’s in the works quite literally.
The bottom row in the Polyvore set are some of my favorite menswear – inspired items that are constantly in my rotation and are a good way to experiment with this aesthetic before you commit to a full suit and tie.
What to look for when searching for menswear pieces:
…at a Republican fundraiser in Northern New Jersey. Not my first choice for a night out I assure you. But, sometimes your social life reaches a point where you agree to eat chili and hang out with old white guys in a multi – purpose room. Honestly, I’ve found myself at worse parties.
Normally I’m a little uptight about dress codes, but when I don’t have a good read on one, I just have to wing it. Chic but dark like my soul usually does the trick:
I apologize in advance that this is how my outfit posts have to be for the moment. I’m working on my photo game I swear guys.
The top is a sale find from Banana Republic (you can’t see, but it’s got a surplice back to show just a hint of skin) No luck finding a similar one, sorry kittens.
Pants are ankle trousers from Old Navy and still on sale in Navy
Necklace is an old find from Primark, a UK institution quickly making its way across the poind. Visit their Boston location on Summer St, or find similar necklaces here and here.
Shoes are the Stefynie style from JustFab. If you’re not a member, you can find similar styles here and here.