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My take on menswear inspired women's fashion

Woohoo!! I am on a roll. It’s a big deal for me to post 3 blogs in one week!! Hope you don’t mind. If this all works out I will be in Austin and having some fun there. We are going to a wedding Friday night and I hope you got some ideas from my blog on Fall Wedding Guest Dresses just in case you have a special event coming up soon. Heading to Austin brings back memories of going to UT football games when Roxanne was in school there. Boy was it usually hot and everyone wanted to wear their new fall outfits – misery!!

My Take On Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion¬†

I think that I am a little bit boring and really gravitate toward the tailored look. I kind of love to keep it simple and end up wearing a lot of black. Even though I wear jeans a lot I was really excited when menswear plaids and women’s suiting came back in style. Plaid is always easy to mix with solids or denim and I like “divorcing my suits” as Lucille Klein used to say in her presentations. That just means you can separate your blazer and trouser and make different outfits. I found this suit at Neiman’s Last Call and thought it was a great example of this trend. A woman can rock a suit or menswear blazer and dress it up or down!!

Plaid suit from Neiman's Last call with red booties and bag

Over 50 blogger and wardrobe consultant wearing plaid suit with fringe cuffs

Plaid suits by Laundry are easy to mix and match with red accessories

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I decided to belt this longer jacket to give it a more fitted look. It has been a bit of a trend for a few seasons to belt your jackets. This is kind of and art and you need just the right combination to pull it off. 

To Belt or Not To Belt

Belts have made a comeback on the runways and I am a huge fan of a great belt. I have a collection because if I find a belt that I love and think is classic and well made I hang on to it. When I am going through my clients’ closets I always make them try on the belts to see if they still fit and then assess if they are worth keeping or not. I will tell you that I have seen the most beautiful belts at Tootsies and Stanley Korshak and am not finding exactly what I want online. I used to find a huge selection of belts in all of the stores but when the economy kind of fell off I think this industry shrunk. It is worth the effort to search for a good belt.

A great belt can accessorize a suit and bring in some Fashionomics style

Plaid suit white blouse and wide black belt

My take on menswear inspired women's fashion

A great white shirt from Neiman Marcus with wide black belt

A wardrobe consultant loves working with separates like plaid

I do love a great white shirt and have said before that you can’t have too many in your wardrobe. The one I am wearing is from Craig Taylor and I think it’s really cool so I kept it in my closet. You could also wear a t shirt, denim shirt or carefully chosen print if you prefer. I wear my plaid with solids and jeans to get more mileage out of the jacket and the same goes for the pant. More on red accessories coming soon.

Feminine Suits

Fringe detailing and a cuff add feminine detailing to this plaid suit

the sleeve with fringe detail and belt add a feminine touch to menswear plaid suit

I chose this plaid suit because of the detailing. The unique fringed cuff on the pant and the fringe edge on the sleeve give a feminine touch to this plaid menswear suit. I would love to add a ruffle shirt or bow blouse for an even more feminine feel. Thanks so much for reading and I hope my blogs are keeping you up to date on the latest trends. I want to give you some ideas on how to incorporate the runway into your wardrobe using your personal style. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am off to lunch with V in Austin. XO Debby

Laundry by Shelli Segal Glen Plaid Fringe Trim BlazerCropped Trouser

White Blouse (similar) – Claudia Lobao Gold Hoop (similar) – Ray Bans

Red Bootie (similar) – Red Rag & Bone Mini BagBlack Belt (similar)

Photography – Danielle Sabol