Sunday, 2 February 2014

Trend Alert: Borrowed From the Boys

Maintaining it's place on the catwalk season after season, the androgynous trend certainly isn't anything new to the fashion world. However, that's not to say that it is a constant source of intrigue and a look that is constantly evolving.

Whether you're feminising masculine lines with feminine hues รก 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!

The Shoe
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. 

The Bag
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. 

How are you making the androgynous trend your own? Share your new season style snaps with us on Twitter and Instagram at @Fiorelli_Bags!

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