We were doing a little digging around in our trove of old Nordstrom catalogs and kept coming across looks that are feeling relevant again today—with a few tweaks. How about a little show and tell?
Welcome to 1994. Bill Clinton was President; Ace of Base was dominating the Billboard charts; Justin Bieber had just entered the world. Meanwhile, on the fashion front, menswear-inspired women’s wear was all the rage.
While the styling is 18 years old (anyone else remember that haircut?), we love this slouchy, denim button-up blouse paired with high-waist, pleated pants—and it’s definitely a combo we’re seeing come back on the streets. Here’s how we’d update it for 2012.
1 — Choose a denim or chambray top with a vintage aesthetic. Make sure it’s a little baggy, and roll up the sleeves for that lived-in look.
2 — Ditch the earrings, button the shirt all the way up and throw on a statement collar necklace.
3 — Keep the shirt tucked in, but lose the belt.
4 — Add some color to your look with vibrant printed heels.
5 — Throw on an oversized masculine watch to keep with the menswear theme.
6 — Add your final touch with a pop of gold on a clutch.
Repeat after us: Re-colored classics are awesome. It’s all about mixing (not matching) the bold for the beautiful. We hereby call Prep Club to order; here’s what we’re craving right now.
1 – Varied Stripes. Uneven rules right now, and so does a bit of transparency. [Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stripe Crewneck Sweater]
2 – Bright Oxfords. The menswear classics step out with pretty, witty color. [Pictured: Cole Haan 'Alisa' Oxford]
3 – High-Wattage Belts. Cinch things up with a slice of color at your waist—belt your denim, cardigans…anything! [Pictured: Another Line 'Updated' Skinny Patent Belt]
4 – A Denim Rainbow. We’re still talking about colored denim—our favorite skinnies. [Pictured: Blue Essence Skinny Twill Ankle Jeans (Nordstrom Exclusive)]
5 – Revved-Up School Bags. Sleek and practical, a colorful carryall earns straight ‘A’s for fun. [Pictured: Milly Leather Shoulder Bag]
Shop the Prep Club trend.
We thank designers like Yves Saint Laurent whose trailblazing ‘Le Smoking’ tuxedo for women blurred the gender lines of fashion. The days of pant-clad ladies causing scandal all around town in for-men-only pieces are long gone. But lately, we think there is something shocking about how great a pair of menswear-inspired shoes are looking.
We love little touches of men’s detailing—think monk straps and kiltie fringe—and reinterpreted classics like loafers, boots and oxfords. Try starting with a look that’s tailored and feminine, and add this trend for a touch of boyish charm.
Shop menswear-inspired women’s shoes.
Main image (clockwise): DV by Dolce Vita ‘Wyatt’ Bootie, Steve Madden ‘Cablee’ Boot, Seychelles ‘Clue’ Bootie, Trouvé ‘Curtis’ Slip-on
Right column: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Tribute’ Platform Slingback, Børn ‘Arletta’ Oxford, Ralph Lauren Collection ‘Nadine’ Ankle Boot