How Menswear For Women Is Shaping The Future Of Fashion

How Menswear For Women Is Shaping The Future Of Fashion

"Women In Menswear" trend is further breaking norms and pushing towards a more gender-neutral outlook.
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Recently, being an avid shopper, I stumbled across a section of the Urban Outfitters website called "The Menswear Edit." After looking through their lookbook, I was inspired to see how this “Women in Menswear” trend was affecting society.

I have personally never been one for skirts or dresses. I would much rather wear a nice pair of pants and a button-down and blazer to look formal. There really is something about being a female and wearing a well put-together pair of trousers and a button-down and blazer that makes you feel powerful and like your opinion is valuable.

I feel that this attire presents you as more respectable to your coworkers, and it also shows that just because you’re a girl, it doesn’t mean that you have to wear a skirt. You can wear what men wear to work and make it look just as reputable.

What makes this trend even better is that this idea of “Women in Menswear” doesn’t have to apply to dressing for work. Designers have shaped “menswear for females” to fit to any occasion.

I found an insightful article from the New York Times, "Women Who Prefer Men's Wear," that interviewed two female fashion bloggers who blog about menswear for women and prefer to wear it, too.

They discuss the difficulties and oppositions that they face in their positions, but also mention that more than half of their followers on Instagram are men looking for advice. Ms. Geffard comments that “Women have always been associated with fashion and taste and the fact that we’re women in that space, I think men feel that they can trust us.”

Ms. Cooper thankfully adds that “We’re in an era when men and women wear anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight. For us, it’s really about showing young women that they can wear whatever they want.”

For a long time, I honestly had thought that women that didn’t wear dresses to work and opted for a pantsuit looked less feminine and could even come off as gay. I hate how society had conformed my thoughts into that realm, but as I got older I realized that there is just something about wearing a suit that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything, and that every girl should feel empowered to ditch the skirts and dresses if they choose because they have every right to rock a suit that a man does.

While Urban Outfitters may be a controversial company, the pictures below significantly showcase the creativity in design and versatility of the “Women In Menswear” trend.

When it comes to more formal, work-appropriate wear, designers have taken liberties in reshaping what a typical blazer looks like by making it more flow-y and oversized or cinching it in the waste, and for trousers and pants, to change it up, designers have included higher wastes, wider legs, or tapered ankles.

While I talked about ditching the dresses, I do however like how these two dresses below have taken elements of a typical “men’s” shirt and transformed them into something more feminine while still keeping that touch of formal masculinity.

Lastly, on a more casual note, the old, shapeless blazer can easily be turned into a cute and casual addition to an outfit, the material for a button-down shirt can be redesigned into a casual two-piece outfit, and there’s even creativity for what to do with and how to reconfigure the good ole vest.


Fashion is always evolving, and to see a trend that can make females feel more powerful, confident, and equal without being seen as “manly” leads me to believe that we will as a society travel towards a less gender-separated fashion world some day.

Cover Image Credit: Vogue Magazine

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10 Makeup Products You NEED for Valentine's Day

If you're not lovin' up on someone, love up on yourself
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All pictures that are not of me are credited to Google Images.

Here's a picture of my first ever Valentine's Day look:

Wow what a comedian I was half a decade ago.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Now see, I know nothing about Valentine's Day, since I have never had a REAL valentine. Instead, I got valentines back in elementary school because some kid's mom bought a pack to give the whole class, but never the whole mushy lovey dovey extravaganza. So, I am going to talk about something I do know, makeup. Now, although I do not celebrate Valentine's Day with a significant other, I do my face to match the holiday. Here are my go-to products to use for looks.

Let us start with eyes. Now this can go anywhere from a natural flirty eye, to anything big, bold, and glittery.

1. Too Faced's Sweet Peach Palette

This palette is great if you are looking for something that isn't too complicated. It has a great range of nude colors, and a little bit of sparkle to add to your eye.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills' Modern Renaissance

Ah, a cult favorite that has grasped the hearts of anyone that does makeup. This palette includes a lot of daring colors that really pop out when applied on the eye.

3. Urban Decay's Naked HEAT

As newer palette in the naked series, there has been a lot of commotion around this palette since it came out. It has filled with many warm toned reds, beiges, and browns that'll show off your warm heart!

4. Stila's Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

This picture does not really show all the available shades, but it does show off how glittery these liquid shadows are. They're my absolute go to whenever I need to apply glitter! However, I suggest getting them in the smaller sizes that Sephora sells in sets of 3. While I do love these shadows, I don't necessarily wear a glitter eye everyday, so be on the lookout for these value packs.

Next stop: Lips. If anything, I am not kissing anyone this Valentine's Day, so I am free to wear any lipstick without worrying about it getting smudged.

5. Fenty Beauty's Lip Stunna

To be honest, I have never really been a fan of red lips. I just thought that it would never work on me, until I applied this. It's that iconic bold red that remains a classic look.

6. Huda Beauty's Liquid Lipstick in "FAMOUS"

I usually wear a dark red lip, and I 10/10 recommend this liquid lip. It may be matte, but to me it feels satin!

7. Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche Lipstick in "LIQUORICE"

Another favorite dark lippie of mine that I go for whenever I do not feel like having to paint my lips for 10 minutes with a liquid lip.

8. Kat Von D's Liquid Lipstick in "LOLITA"

Yet another cult favorite on this list. Lolita has always been one of my favorites since it gives off a natural looking pink color.

And now the moment you have been waiting for, HIGHLIGHTER. Now if you are single, you are your own light of the day, so why not shine on for others. Bonus Tip: Sometimes I mix in a little bit of the Stila liquid eyeshadows to give off a little extra sparkle!

9. Anastasia Beverly Hills' Nicole Guerriero Highlighting Palette

This palette has all your highlighter needs: gold tones, pink tones, all the frickin tones! My personal favorite shade: Forever Young. Any of these colors can be mixed with each other as well and create more lovely shades.

10. Urban Decay's Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder in "AURA"

I don't really use this baked highlighter on its own. It has quite the glittery finish, and I usually apply it on top of other highlighters for that extra shine. It is a quick 2 second brush on for that extra sparkle.

At the end of the day, there is a lot of makeup you can play with to make Valentine's day looks whether you're single or taken. Here are some of mine for inspiration:

However, you can never go wrong with the classic:

Yes, that is me again. Valentine's Day 2017.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! If you have no one to love, remember to love yourself! Also, I love you!! <3

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For my ladies that are going out this weekend and do not know what to wear! I gotcha covered. Below you will find 17 trendy Valentines day outfits that are sure to make your significant other speechless. Similar items can be found on websites such as Forever 21, Misguided, Nasty Gal, Target, Pretty Little Thing, and Love Culture.

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