3 WAYS TO ADD MENSWEAR TO YOUR STYLE (WITHOUT LOOKING MASCULINE)


OUTFIT 2 DETAILS: old navy blazer (old, similar here, under $30!) | jcrew eyelet blouse (old, similar here) | similar denimBlush Shimmer Suede/White Patent Trim Deena Piped Oxford, c/o | michael kors crossbody bag
This spring I’ve been obsessed with powder pink, so I was instantly drawn to these gorgeous 
oxfords from Johnston and Murphy. When they arrived though, I was having a little trouble styling them since they’re a little more “menswear” than the rest of my style. I feel like menswear pieces tend to look a little more mature than my usual look.

But of course I’m always up for the challenge, so I created two outfits today to show you how to add menswear to your look while still creating a feminine and youthful outfit!

1. Choose menswear pieces that are still feminine. 

Pink oxfords, striped blazers, embellished button ups — they’re all menswear pieces that are still feminine. Choose pieces like this to make it easier to pair with a feminine outfit!

2. Add a little fun to your menswear outfit. 

To keep it from looking stuffy or too mature for your age, try throwing in some distressing in your denim, or a fringe bag. Both are youthful and playful, and will keep your outfit fun and interesting. Another good way to add youth to your look is with jewelry. A stack of bracelets, a statement necklace, or a bright bag keep your outfit age appropriate.

3. Keep the rest of your outfit feminine. 

I paired my oxfords and blazer with a bright pink bag and an eyelet blouse, both of which are pretty and feminine. This keeps the blazer and oxfords from pulling your outfit more toward the masculine side. Or add a pair of heels to the button up look — a pair of flats will definitely look more masculine.

Think you can incorporate the menswear trend into your wardrobe? Those pink oxfords are calling your name!

Compensation for this post was provided by Johnston & Murphy via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnston & Murphy or AOL.

*photos by jana laurene

18 Comments

  1. Kimberly says:

    Love both of these looks! The shoes in the first outfit are so pretty!

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  2. Melissa C says:

    what color nail polish are you wearing? it’s cute

  3. Anna D Kart says:

    I love that trench coat – need to get one of those

    Happy Medley Blog

  4. Natali says:

    Both outfits are so pretty and styled to perfection! I’m loving the sandals in the first one and mini bag in the 2nd one, both are pieces I’d love to add to my closet. 🙂

    http://lartoffashion.com

  5. Shae says:

    I love menswear inspired shoes. I have a pair, but they’re metallic silver, so I definitely agree with your advise to pick pieces that are somewhat feminine. Love your looks!

    Shae @ Current Habits

  6. I love the shoes you picked and the way you styled them!

    Michele
    http://www.prettysmartme.com

  7. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    Loving these tips! That striped blazer is gorgeous!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

  8. Justine iaboni says:

    Love how you styled the heels! (and especially love those ripped jeans). ON POINT!

  9. Prudence Yeo says:

    Love outfits which incorporate a touch of femininity with men’s inspired styles! Both looks are great examples, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

  10. Magdalena says:

    So girlish and soft! Stunning

    http://blackisahappycolorr.blogspot.com/

  11. Kacie Ellis says:

    You are rockin’ the menswear look! Actually you rock everything you put on! Seriously, love it!

    http://elementsofellis.com/

  12. Emilee Eagar says:

    @merrick where id you get the shoes in your first outfit? I adore those!!!!

  13. That’s a great balance to this outfit. I actually wouldn’t have thought anything was considered menswear the way you styled it.

    http://www.stylesewme.com

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