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June 05, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Carolina Herrera spring 2012 menswear influence

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls. But occasionally, we like to borrow styles from each other. For example, women’s fashion now includes boyfriend jeans or men’s oversized shirts. And some rocker guys are better at applying eyeliner and nail polish than most of us girls are.

The spring and summer runways were full of ladies suiting up in more masculine fashion trends. Embracing androgynous looks and more classic, streamlined tailoring has never been sexier! After all, wearing menswear-inspired designs can make you feel super confident. You can start by adding a few basic staples here and there into your wardrobe such as boots, fedoras, blazers and oxfords. To keep that feminine essence, try revamping the trend as seen on these celebrities. Who knows? It won’t be long before you’re one of the boys.

Upcoming Spiderman actress Emma Stone worked the red carpet at the People’s Choice Awards in head-to-toe Gucci. What makes this work are the clean lines and simple tailoring of the pants and blazer. Adding a pop of color to the overall outfit keeps it fresh and modern. The button details on the side of the trousers and slightly undone blouse give it an extra style boost along with her chain Ophelie T-strap heels. To take it even further, why not mix and match the blazer with a circle or accordion style skirt, or pair the trousers with a lace or ruffled blouse?

Emma Stone in Gucci (Photo courtesy of FilmMagic), Chloe Sevigny in a menswear-inspired look (Photo courtesy of Pacific Coast News)

Actress and fashion icon Chloe Sevigny, who just launched her own clothing line, is never afraid to take risks in fashion. Her fashion credo is definitely “go hard or go home.” She exuded just that walking the streets of New York in a daring men’s suit with a houndstooth patterned shirt underneath. In addition to her perfectly coiffed bob and cool shades, Chloe pulled off the trend effortlessly by donning more feminine accessories like her beautiful clutch and red platform pumps with a bow. This is a look that’s chic enough for the office and after hour cocktails.

Style star and TV host Alexa Chung is another celebrity who doesn’t play by the rules when it comes to fashion. Here, pictured at the Elle Style Awards, was no exception. The fashionista was perfection in a checkered style Stella McCartneysuit. The hint of metallic and jacquard detailing at the hem is what kept this look from looking too frumpy and masculine. She wore a men’s fabric and silhouette, but achieved a balance with the feminine print at the bottom of the cropped trousers. For everyday wear, try mixing and matching prints and patterns with heavier fabrics such as tweeds and wools. She completed the look with a black evening bag and pointed-toe pumps.

Alexa Chung in checkered Stella McCartney (Photo courtesy of Getty Images), Diane Kruger mixes feminine and masculine pieces

You don’t have to do head-to-toe menswear to be on-trend. You can start with one statement piece such as a necktie, bowtie, or double-breasted tuxedo jacket. Diane Kruger was sexy and sophisticated at the InStyle Summer Soire in Jason Wu Resort collection and Jason Wu accessories. She toned the style down and kept it flirty by showing some skin. Her pastel yellow python clutch was the surprise factor, but it helped to inject some color into the muted palette. While the styling is perfect as is, the blazer could be paired with a skirt or black harem pants and still be feminine.

Model Liya Kebede was a shining example of getting the trend right in its most basic form at the amfAR event during the Cannes Film Festival last month. She avoided looking like the maitre d’ in Roberto Cavalliby wearing more tailored and structured pieces. The juxtaposition of  all white on top and black on the bottom really worked well together. Her clutch and bold red lip were the perfect complement to the menswear trend.

Model Liya Kebede at amfAR in a tuxedo-inspired look (Photo courtesy of Getty Images), Jessica Alba in a more relaxed take on the trend (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Of all the starlets, Jessica Alba wore the trend in a way that all women would covet and could easily fit into their daily wardrobe. She was beautiful in Jenni Kayne, and the color blocking worked really well for the actress. The color combination of blush and black made for a cohesive look along with the cropped trousers and snakeskin Jimmy Choo peep-toe pumps. This was a classic way of pulling off the menswear style by wearing a loose, oversized blazer with pockets.

Will you incorporate some menswear pieces into your closet or leave it to the boys?

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