Dressed up menswear means suiting fabrics in pencil skirts and shorts, an easy pair of boyfriend jeans for the weekend and a bold pair of slippers, loafers or oxfords that are as comfortable as they are fashion forward.
There are rare moments in fashion when timeless and trend meet. When something you could wear five years from now and perhaps wore five years ago is more than simply wearable. It is en vogue.
Fashion is having just such a moment in menswear-inspired dressing, and in this month’s IND Style we show you just how it’s done properly. Sharp-dressed women should take a cue from the sharp-dressed men in their lives, and I have to admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for masculine-inspired pieces — vests, suiting fabrics and the high-waisted perfection of the Katherine Hepburn silhouette — and an even softer spot for September magazine issues. In the world of women’s fashion magazines September is the pinnacle of coverage. The September issue is the thickest (and most beautiful) of the year. And it offers more trends than most of us have room in the closet for or money in the bank.
So, in this September issue we have narrowed down the best, most accessible options for pulling off this look.
Few trends offer the option of looking sexy without the skin like menswear does. And even fewer can be touted as truly ageless. And doable on any budget. Any piece in suiting fabric is perfection. Think houndstooth shorts or a pinstripe pencil skirt. Shoes of suiting fabrics are also spot on and pair perfectly with a solid suit — board room appropriate yet never boring. A fashion forward addition to dressed up menswear remains the fedora. A simple ribbon or slice of fabric from a men’s silk tie above the brim brings a dash of color. And those giant watches we adore from Michael Kors? Keep wearing them. They’re not going anywhere.
While business dressing lends itself naturally to menswear fabrics and shapes, weekend wear come fall will join the ranks. We’re scouring his side of the closet for ideas — boyfriend jeans, loafers and oxfords, roomy cardigans. Pick one piece for a subtle nod to the masculine. Or throw in the whole kitchen sink. Menswear is that rare trend that allows for multiple pieces under one roof.
On an easy Saturday afternoon, I envision girly-hued loafers or leopard print Oxfords with a rolled up roomy boyfriend jean and simple v-neck T — effortlessly on trend and utterly comfortable. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Feeling good in our clothes and looking great. It’s what this column is all about, and it’s what you’ll be seeing on the pages of IND Style in the months to come.
There are as many trends as there are opinions it seems. We’re always looking to be the latest, the greatest, the one on the absolute edge of fashion. But, the truth is that being on trend is the easy part of this whole fashion thing — buy, wear, repeat. Making it your own — that’s the true task. Taking what’s now and pairing it with timeless pieces. Incorporating your personal style with what’s in these pages, what’s draped on mannequins, what’s floating down the runway. Finding something to wear on the outside that accurately portrays what’s on the inside is style done properly.
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OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
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