The inspiration for today’s outfit came from a somewhat unexpected source: Belgian designer Kris Van Assche’s spring 2014 menswear collection. While I occasionally dabble in menswear-inspired ensembles, I hadn’t actually tried perusing menswear runway shows for inspiration until just recently. I was richly rewarded for my efforts when I spotted (pun intended) this magnificent outfit. The stark palette of black and white, combined with the whimsical double dose of polka-dots, instantly captured my attention — and my imagination. I eagerly set out to recreate my own inspired version of the look.
To channel the menswear vibe, I started with a pair of traditional black, cropped wool trousers from J.Crew. Imitating the clean, classic silhouette employed by Van Assche, I layered a fitted button-down under a slim crewneck sweater. The pattern on Banana Republic x Marimekko Collection’s kivet sweater was a dead ringer for the dark, dense polka-dots of Van Assche’s graphic trousers, while my polka-dot crew socks matched the light color scheme and sparse distribution of Van Assche’s dotted sweater perfectly. Proceeding with the polka-dot motif, I took the liberty of adding a button-down patterned with pin dots to the ensemble. I also added a Christian Dior belt borrowed from my father to preserve the menswear theme; this structured, minimalist Givenchy purse helped uphold the outfit’s masculinity as well. However, I did want to imbue the outfit with a touch of feminine sensibility. Thus, I added this comfortable pair of cap-toe wedges from Modcloth, a pair of pearl earrings and my favorite sunglasses.
Surprisingly, translating Van Assche’s high impact, dot-laden menswear look to a bold womenswear one was sweet, simple and practically seamless. The color and size variations between the polka-dot pieces create a striking contrast that I truly appreciate. The simplicity of the silhouette and versatility of the components also ensure tons of mix-and-match possibilities. Thanks to Kris Van Assche’s spring 2014 looks, I’m sure to be dabbling in dots for many outfits to come.