STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Borrowing From The Boys

It is rare when a fashion trend reflects the spirit of our times, let alone resonates with the masses. The last occurrence of such a trend was during World War II, when women took over the role of men in the workplace. Sporting suits and less feminine silhouettes, the women of these times became a pivotal and important force we continue to see today. While the ‘40s were quite some time ago, feminist beliefs are very much alive and ever-evolving in our daily lives. One of the largest industries tackling the ‘feminist’ movement is the fashion industry; remember the girl power protest fashion show of Chanel?

From bun to boot, this Fashionista embodies the strong women envisioned in the designer collections for spring 2015. The combination of her oversized cardigan and trousers with her tight-fitting crop top created an effortlessly androgynous look. Instead of pairing these pieces with heels, her boots were a masculine option that streamlined the overall ensemble. With natural styling and lack of accessories, this Fashionista takes a laid back approach without sacrificing the integrity of the trend.

Walking the line of menswear can be tricky and may not be for every girl. However, versatile characteristics of the androgynous trend (in small doses!) are perfect for the average college student for various occasions. Powerful menswear-inspired pieces make this trend adaptable for internships or presentations and the unexpected silhouettes become suitable for parties, date nights or a girls’ night out.

In the midst of fantastic social change, fashion has become the main means of rewriting history—or should I say “herstory?” James Brown couldn’t have said it any better, “This is a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl.”

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: “Never leave the house in an outfit you can’t dance in!”