How to Style a Menswear Inspired Look

If you’ve hung out around Blondes & Bagels for oh, I don’t know, five minutes you already know I love me some menswear. Basically I love anything with a tomboy edge. I’m not a big dress wearer, I can’t remember the last time I wore a skirt, and I’m addicted to broken in tees and sneakers.

But like, in a cute way.

One of my BFFs likes to call my style “androgynous” which I wasn’t super into at first but I’m wholeheartedly embracing it. Because – she’s not wrong. I love pieces that look like they came straight out of my boyfriend’s closet.

That being said – it’s hard to literally pull pieces straight out of your boyfriend’s closet. There is such a thing as too much manspiration. Instead I’ve come up with my foolproof formula for how to get a menswear inspired look – without the actual menswear.

Nailed it.

P.S. can someone please find me a tee that says “nailed it” because it’s basically my tagline at this point.

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Invest in a classic button down.

Nothing says menswear like a classic button down shirt. I’m into neutrals – and so are most men – so I recommend picking out classic colors for this classic piece. White, black, grey, or blue button downs tend to look the most clean and expensive (even if it only cost you $20).

One of my fave places to shop for button downs is Abercrombie.

I KNOW. OMG WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT ABERCROMBIE SINCE 2009.

But seriously guys. Abercrombie is coming back in a big way. They’ve finally started making black clothes (can I get an AMEN) and are a great place to find closet staples on sale.

Not even sponsored – I’ve just been shopping their sale section like crazy lately and I’m super into it. I’ve linked some of the button downs I have my eyeballs on for you below.

Opt for a structured bag.

Nothing reads menswear and edgy like a good structured bag. Structured bags actually just rock in general because they basically say you mean business.

I’ve been all about satchels lately. Ever since my Pochette Metis fell apart I had been dying to find a satchel to fill its place. I debated over the classic cambridge satchel but never fully fell in love. I saw this Gigi New York satchel on one of my fave bloggers and had to have it (although TBH it was majorly on sale at the time I bought it).

If you’re not into the satchel look – any structured bag will do!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Pair with distressed denim.

Boys love their jeans. And gosh darnit so do I.

Distressed jeans add an extra edge to just about any outfit, but I love them with menswear looks. The pair I’m wearing is crazy distressed – way more than I usually go for. But for this look I’m feelin’ it.

Add feminine details.

Sure, I like to wear outfits inspired by the boys – but I love the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. There’s something crazy sexy about a girl who rocks menswear and manages to make it feminine.

Definitely not saying I fall into this category but it’s 100% the look I aspire to. Remember when Kourtney Kardashian showed up to a Great Gatsby party not in a flapper dress, but dressed as Gatsby himself?

GOALS.

Kourt kept her look feminine by adding a bold lip color. Seriously, she nailed it.

In my look here I chose a shirt that had the option for a “pussy bow” tie. I also chose rose gold accessories (which actually is my Fitbit I decked out with an affordable rose gold band from Amazon).

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

Learn how to style a menswear inspired look in 4 simple steps!

You guys I’m seriously so happy I’ve stopped pretending I enjoy wearing skirts and shit. I want to say major apologies if my outfits aren’t all that exciting – but also I’m kind of sorry I’m not sorry if ya know what I mean.

We get one life guys – it’s a total waste of time pretending to love things you don’t love or to be someone you’re not.

Even when it comes to fashion.

Raise your hand and give me a holler in the comments if you’re into menswear like I am!

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5 responses to “How to Style a Menswear Inspired Look”

  1. Simone says:

    I so much love your menswear look! I’ts stylish and very chic. I haven’t tried to wear the men’s clothes but if I look at your pictures it is definitely worth a try. xx Simone from Zurich

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    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Thanks Simone! Let me know if you give it a try 🙂 It’s a fun look!

      xoxo Kelsey

  2. Francesca Gariano says:

    Not to be dramatic but EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LOOK IS FANTASTIC. Seriously, this post is a prime example of #OutfitInspo.

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      LMFAO “not to be dramatic” LOL! Thanks for making my day!

      xoxo Kelsey

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