T he latest trend emerging in the fashion scene of late is menswear-inspired pieces. Suit is a huge trend on the runway of fashion week this season. Along with it comes brogues, loafers and flats that uncannily resembles shoes worn by men but presented in whimsical softer designs. Designers like Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabanna both have heavily featured menswear-inspired footwear on the runway for the current season of Spring 2012.
So how to wear these men-inspired shoes without looking like you have just raided your boyfriends shoe closet? Should you keep it androgyny or glam it up like a pair of 5-inches high heels?
We’ll show you how!
Dolce & Gabbana
1. Amp up the colour watts
Black or any neutral color is always your safest bet but why not amp up the chic-factor by going for bold colors or perhaps animal-print instead? The bright pop of color makes bigger statement and added a little bit of girlishness to the total look. Colors like purple, mustard or even leopard print are very popular this season.
Rihanna in cuffed jeans and creepers
2. We say CUFF’ IT
Cuff your pants when you are wearing those oxfords, penny-loafer flats or brogues. This allow you to show your ankles which makes it a bit more feminine. Hiding the shoes under your boot-cut jeans is not the way to go as these shoes are statement pieces which have to be seen.
Sienna Miller in her fave pair
3. Psst…these shoes look great with short skirts or dresses as well.
Think Alexa Chung and Sienna Miller effortless shabby-chic style. The short dress and brogues combo is suitable for a day out running errands or just about any other casual outing.
4. Loose the socks.
Show a little bit of ankles. There’s nothing wrong with that.
5. Keep it flirty
Unless you want to do the whole androgyny look top to toe, try and keep everything else feminine. It’s not like you have to tie your hair back and wear bow-tie just because you are wearing menswear-inspired shoes.
Now are you ready to rock this trend?
Source: stylistadiaries.blogspot.com and chatelaine.com
Photos: instyle.co.uk, elleuk.com and grazia