Whether you're feminising masculine lines with feminine hues á la Stella McCartney, or vamping up tailoring in the style of Kate Moss in Yves Saint Laurent's lusted-after Le Smoking tux, there are many different ways to take inspiration from this trend for a look that's borrowed from the boys. We take a look at a few easy ways to instantly add a masculine edge to any outfit.
The Oversized Blazer
A style staple for many years, you can do no wrong with an oversized blazer when looking to update an otherwise girlish outfit. Whether draped over your shoulders to balance out a floaty floral tea dress, or paired with the skinniest of jeans, a slouchy jacket will instantly add an effortlessly undone element to any look. Our style tip? Don't take 'oversized' too literally - be sure that your jacket still fits at the shoulders, and that you're not drowning in your jacket! Our inspiration for this look is - of course - French Vogue's undeniably cool editor, Emmanuelle Alt, who shows us that the Parisians really do do this look best!
Whatever the trend, shoes are always an easy way to channel a certain style without fully committing to it. If you're not completely sure that the androgynous look is for you, we would suggest investing in a pair of shoes that nod to the trend, without stepping completely over the border into masculine territory. The golden rule when searching for a pair of boyish shoes is that they must be flat, and it just so happens that flats are back for SS14! With so many styles, we're spoilt for choice. For a casual look, this season it's all about channelling your inner skater with a pair of slip-on trainers - for bonus points, slip into a printed pair and work two trends in one. For something that's a little more office-appropriate, monk-strap shoes have surpassed the humble brogue this season and look fabulous with anything from trousers to a-line skirts. Finally, if you'd like your footwear to be a little more sturdy to see you through the rest of the winter weather, a Chelsea boot is an easy option that will pull any androgynous outfit together.
Taking on this tricky trend has never been easier thanks to our Harper portfolio bag. In a classic tan, this bag will neutralise any outfit and fit seamlessly into your workwear style, while the mock-croc detailing gives it a ladylike twist. For the perfect androgynous workwear style, pair yours with a white chiffon blouse and navy pinstripe trousers and demand the attention of everyone in the office before switching the blouse for a slouchy t-shirt and statement necklace for a look that will take you from desk to dinner in an instant.