Outfit idea: borrowed from the boys

26/10/2013

Madison Australia August 2010 / photography: Simon Upton / borrowed from the boys outfit idea
Menswear has been on my mind for a while now. I am not sure where I caught the style bug in the first place, but guessing that a few good editorials, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent pea coat, brogues (don’t you just love the brogue pattern?!) and Diane Keaton are just a few influences to blame. Admittedly I resisted it for a few years having drawn the line by wearing simple cuts and shapes and supplementing those with brogue-style high heels.

Then I stepped into then unfamiliar field of flats with a pair of ballerinas worn with men style trousers, a simple white shirt and a trilby a la DSquared2 Spring/Summer 2011

Anna Maria Jagodzinska in Diane K / Vogue Paris September 2009 (photography: Mikael Jansson; styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
This year I decided to go a little bit further, break the mould so to speak. With the brogues and trousers and all… It was a necessity for the heels were temporarily forbidden, but, frankly, I was curious and, if I am absolutely, totally and utterly honest, I really wanted a pair of brogues.

Finding the footwear was easy – it took me two days of web browsing to find my perfect pair in chocolate brown and taupe suede, two swaps of parcels to get the ones that fit. It was the rest of the outfit that became a challenge.

Madison Australia August 2010 (photography: Simon Upton; styling: Rachel Wayman)
I think until then I have never saw my UPS and DHL men that much – we stopped being strangers and began waving each other when passing by on a street! Alas, despite numerous attempts and orders (and I even went shopping, something I hardly ever do these days, so it was clearly very important), my perfect pair of wool trousers and a jacket remained an illusion.

Still, I persisted, with hope and determination, until one day I came across Peter Hahn where I saw the jacket, trousers, shirts, gorgeous oxfords, trilbys, bags and many other wardrobe staples that I would love to have as my own. It wasn’t just about the shapes and colours. There was quality there, too – wools, silks, pure cashmere, leather… Browsing that shop was like enjoying a delicious dessert, so tempting that it would be difficult to stop after a couple of bites.

Anna Maria Jagodzinska in Diane K / Vogue Paris September 2009 (photography: Mikael Jansson; styling: Anastasia Barbieri)
To prove my point and to play a little dress up, I ended up styling a menswear inspired outfit, the way I would love to borrow it from the boys.

borrowed from the boys menswear inspired outfit idea
Oversized wool jacket, Uta Raasch | Classic white shirt, Peter Hahn | Burgundy handbag, Peter Hahn | Flannel trousers, Uta Raasch | Shoes & belt, Peter Hahn available at Peter Hahn

Photo source: Anna Maria Jagodzinska in Diane K / Vogue Paris September 2009 (photography: Mikael Jansson; styling: Anastasia Barbieri), Madison Australia August 2010 (photography: Simon Upton; styling: Rachel Wayman)

4 comments:

  1. Gentlemanly wear can be so feminine!! Great selection of pics and great set as well!
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  2. You know, Im always curious to try a menswear inspired outfit but havent tried yet so far. I have a pair of trouser like the outfit you sytled but I havent a pair of flat brogues (just one pair with a little of heel and it was from my granny's closet!) and I need an oversize coat. I'm sure you will look stunning with this kind of style!:) Hope you had a lovely Sunday dear, kisses! xo

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  3. I love how your quest started with the shoes! I bet they're amazing. HaHaHa regarding the UPS and DHL guys. They keep changing ours around, so I get different one's each time. I love menswear and there are so many options nowadays.
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  4. I would borrow the entire wardobe of my dad and Mr. NJAPD if I could as I find the mixing of tailored masculine and feminine pieces very chic! Caterina

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