The menswear equivalent to London Fashion Week, London Collections Men (LCM), opens today. In its fourth season, celebrated British menswear designers will be showcasing their AW14 collections to an audience of buyers, journalists, celebrities and bloggers. With the garcon trend having a moment in womenswear, there is no better time to be looking to the boys for inspiration.
(By Sophia Marinho de Lemos from Girl in Menswear)
Russell & Bromley Grosvenor Monk Straps
The ubiquitous ladies brogue has had little competition in the realms of menswear inspired footwear - until now that is. The monk strap is having a moment, and this oxblood pair by Russell & Bromley is the ultimate flat to accompany elegant dressing.
Liberty bow tie
Nothing says dapper dressing quite like a bow tie. Tomboy dedicated label, WILDFANG stock a collection of bow ties designed for women that polish off a preppy look.
Paisley Happy Socks
Somewhere down the line socks got sexy. Men have been suggestively showing off their mankles in the summer months and sporting brightly coloured socks in the winter. Teem your brogues and ankle grazing chinos with a pair from Happy Socks for a tongue and cheek take on the trend.
The Kooples shirt
Tomboy favourite The Kooples, is your go to destination for Savile Rowe inspired shirting guaranteed to compliment a feminine figure.
No one does androgyny quite like the Scandinavians, and ACNE is at the forefront of gender-bending dressing. This sweater is a menswear fit that channels effortless cool the way the Swedes know best!
Whistles' Harlow Varsity Bomber
The Varsity bomber is the ultimate garment for achieving the borrowed from the boyfriend look. Whistles’ Harlow jacket features luxe Italian wool and contrast leather sleeves for a toughened up version of the high school staple.
This crystal-embellished collar by DKNY will instantly smarten up any outfit, without the fuss of layering knits over a shirt.
Topshop polka dot tux jacket and trousers
Topshop’s Modern Tailoring collection has embraced the masculine-chic trend and created a selection of suits and tuxedos for ladies wanting to dress up, minus the dress. The line provides an eveningwear alternative for very reasonable prices.
Shorts by MM6 Martin Margiela
These tailored wool-pique shorts nod to schoolboy styling. With matching blazer available, they are relaxed and softly structured for a coquettish look.
Nixon Kensington black leather watch
The oversized wristwatch toughens up even the most feminine of outfits. This heritage inspired watch by Nixon gives sophisticated nod to menswear accessorizing.
£125 ; asos.com
Brian Lichtenberg Feline twill cap
The classic cap epitomises this season’s sporty-chic trend. Streetwear designer of the moment Brian Lichtenberg has created a collection of headgear that oozes boyish cool.
There are several trends in women’s footwear that draw inspiration from the gents, including flat soles, pointed toes and a monochrome palette. Miu Miu’s two-tone brogues roll all these trends into the perfect pair of elegant shoes.
Nike Air Pegasus
The sneaker and suit trend shows no sign of budging. Born in menswear and then transitioning over to women’s, sporting sneakers with your tailoring is now considered ultra chic.
Channel masculine minimalism with this effortlessly cool blazer from COS. The straight cut creates a boxy silhouette, ideal for an androgynous, well-tailored look.
Masculine evening bag
The oversized clutch is having a moment in womenswear. Why not borrow from the boys and try out this leather slipcase by GANT Rugger, its large enough to fit all your essentials, and is the perfect partner for your sartorial arsenal.
Waistcoats are no longer limited to three-piece suiting, with knee skimming models like ZARA’s sky blue waistcoat showing how the traditionally masculine garment can be lady-like.
1205 white shirt
Designer Paula Gerbase’s traditional tailoring background is apparent in 1205’s collections. Androgynous garments constructed from luxurious fabrics in muted tones are understated and always chic.
Bow Neck Tie
If you aren’t ready to sport a full-on bow tie, but still want to channel the masculine chic trend, this chiffon bow by ASOS is ideal for teeming with a tailored white shirt.
The luxe sweat by ZARA
The luxe sweatpant has been a prominent trend in menswear this season, with relaxed joggers finding a place in fashion outside of the gym. The trend has now extended to womenswear (hooray!), and streamlined cuts look sharp worn with a heel.
H&M boyfriend jeans
The boyfriend jean is the tomboy’s signature piece. H&M has a collection of slouchy and relaxed jeans, that are suitably sprezzy. These ones in particular are a favourite.