Designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua for No. 21’s spring ready-to-wear collection mastered the effortless sex appeal of mixing men and women’s fashion on the runway last September. Some of the looks include a combination of a double breasted blazer with intricate beading, a cotton poplin men’s shirt as a dress and a boxy leather shirt with a lace pencil skirt. These looks have inspired my outfit for a day at work. The use of menswear combined with womenswear creates a classic sophisticated look perfect for an interview, going to your internship or simply a casual day around the city.
Days when I’m not feeling super girly (which tend to be most), I love to add menswear inspired pieces. This is why I loved Dell’Acqua’s collection so much and why it inspired my look today. I paired a sheer denim button-down shirt with black high-waisted trousers. My shirt was the men’s inspired piece because of the epaulette, often found on men’s shirts, and because of the two large front pockets. I dressed the shirt up with a lace bandeau which was also inspired by Dell’Acqua as he also pairs lace with men’s shirts. To finish the look, I wore blue flats with a silver cap toe to add to the sophistication of the outfit. I decided to go with light accessories to keep focus on my shirt.
Mixing men’s and women’s fashion is simple yet classic. What I love most about this trend is how easily you can dress it up or dress it down. As Dell’Acqua did, you can turn a men’s button-down shirt into a dress or pair a men’s T-shirt with high-waisted shorts for a cool summer day. Both of these looks create effortless sex appeal with a casual sophistication.