When we hear the term “menswear-inspired,” suiting and strict tailoring may be what come to mind. But it can also be applicable to prints, textures and colors. Over a decade ago, I spotted an image on one of the early street style blogs that has stuck with me: a gentleman in a grey suit with rich cognac brown shoes and leather portfolio. Not earth-shattering, but that color combo so inspired me I’ve wanted to replicate it ever since.
Well, it happened again…this houndstooth jacket was available last week when we shot this outfit, but has since sold out. (I originally purchased it during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.) Yes, it’s a more oversized piece, but I like how the softness and movement balance the slightly masculine houndstooth print. If you’re the belting kind, this jacket could be belted without looking too bulky. I’m wearing a Small. Here’s the same style in a few solid colors.
More Menswear-Inspired Toppers
The jeans were gifted from Everlane, and are part of their new Authentic Stretch denim collection. I prefer my denim with some stretch, so was eager to try them. These are the Mid-Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans in Washed Black. When I first pulled them out of the package, I thought “there’s no way I’ll get these on,” but was pleasantly surprised. They not only fit but are very comfortable too! The fabric is thicker than a lot of stretch denim I’ve tried. I’ve worn these for several hours at a time, and haven’t noticed bagging at the knees either. I find them comparable in fit and quality to some of my premium denim.
That v-neck sweater is an older one in merino wool that I’ve been wanting to replace. You’d think it would be simple, but trying to find one that’s the right color, good quality, a nice light weight, not too long and without any “statement sleeve” nonsense has been almost impossible! Cashmere is everywhere but good merino wool is rarer.
Both necklaces are a few years old. The tortoiseshell/gold one was Lauren Ralph Lauren I think; here’s one with a similar look. The grey stone bead necklace was from Ann Lightfoot. Here’s a nice selection of current pieces. And here’s a necklace with a similar look.
I’ve had this Brahmin bag for a couple of years. I just love that rich color! (Color is “Pecan.”)
These are the Everlane Day Boots. LOVE these boots! I ordered the first day they hit the website, and took them on our trip to San Francisco and Napa a couple of weeks ago. Wore them out to dinner most nights. I find them very comfortable. The leather is very soft, and they didn’t need any breaking in. That color is what I’ve been searching for since Mr.-Grey-and-Cognac first popped up on my computer screen. They run true-to-size and not as narrow (IMO) as some other Everlane shoes.
Do you incorporate menswear-inspired elements in your outfits?
Photos by Tannaz Telikany.