Borrowed from the Boys

January 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

There’s just something about the menswear trend that I absolutely love. When I first watched Annie Hall as a child, seeing Diane Keaton look so beautiful while decked out in vests, trousers, blouses and ties instantly intrigued me. The idea that someone could look so feminine without wearing a floral dress has always been appealing to me. And just as girls can steal wardrobe inspiration from essential menswear pieces, it’s easy to steal decorating ideas from the boys too.

I love the emphasis that menswear puts on classic structures and strong textiles. I even wrote a story about the menswear for women trend in the October issue of Thread (everybody loves shameless self promotion, right?)

An iconic look from Annie Hall. Photo credit

A well-tailored suit is the easiest way to look sharp, whether you are a male or female, so why let your wardrobe have all the menswear fun? The same principles that define the menswear trend can easily be applied to interior decorations. Look for pieces with strong, well-structured lines made out of essential menswear fabrics like tweed, wool and leather.

Clean, muted, simple colors like blacks, grays, tans and whites are the key to creating a menswear inspired look for your house. Don’t assume you have to create a room totally void of color though, small pops of color work really well with manly furniture, just like a colorful or patterned tie works with a plain colored suit.

Oh the mad men of Mad Men, they sure know how to dress. Photo Credit

Menswear inspired furniture can create a totally chic, simple room design. So next time you put on a suit and feel way too dressy for your own furniture, don’t hesitate to add a little menswear style to your house. Because people aren’t the only things that deserve to get “suited up,” nothing suits a living room better then a little bit of menswear.

Keep living fashionably guys and let your style shine through your clothes and your homes.

~Bridget

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