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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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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A Look Inside My Overpriced Dorm Room

The cutest 200 square feet.

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For most, the thought of leaving home and living in a space the size of their parent's master bathroom is terrifying; however, once you have lived at a camp for half the summer, you are oddly blown away with the space of an entire desk, futon, fridge, and closet to yourself.

A summer of hot hikes and bunk bed living prepared me more for a 200 square foot room at a 37,000 student population school than I ever could've thought to be thankful for. After a very sweaty 7 am Sunday check-in, a wholesome chipotle family gathering, and one last goodbye, I was officially a college student living almost on my own.

Dorm Sweet Dorm!

An over-the-door mirror was a must and apparently so was the "ring for champagne" wall decor that is only hanging up for the sole purpose of aesthetics and color scheme despite having no actual function. On our letter board, I had to throw in my favorite summer camp saying "Cho Boi" which is part of an African chant used to welcome warriors back to the safety and support of their villages and means "welcome home". We also keep our glorious shower caddies by the door on top of the dorm-hall-supplied "pedestal" which has quickly become our snack cabinet. We also have taken "adulting" all types of serious by buying pink and grey bins for real cleaning supplies and even a shower curtain to give the appearance of clean closets.

THE Futon

Here's to the people who sell color scheme matching futons on facebook for $15. Since our futon is on the smaller end and was built to be resting low to the ground, my super dad played Bob the Builder at 7 am and put together all the pieces of the futon frame we designed. When it comes to 200 square feet, storage space is the greatest gift, and we are blessed with a full drawer under the futon and two ottomans to contain an Amber Scholl sized shoe collection. We also can't forget about the Yeti-skin looking faux fur through that feels like a polar bear hug.

The Desk/Makeup Table/Step-Stool

For Senior Night, my mom took out the glass from an old picture frame and replaced it with chicken wire, and with some glittered clothespins and a paint pen banner, the cutest DIY picture display was made. I keep my hair products and tools on my shelf alongside all my "desk pens" (I keep them separate from back pens so I have them no matter where I am). I attached my extension cord with command strips to be out of the way and reach up to my lofted bed and down to the desk easily. I have gold accents for all my organizers and even a matching laptop case.

I have a slanted mirror from IKEA for makeup. I keep a three drawer cart for makeup where I use spray painted file organizers for pallet storage, have bins in each drawer to organize my products, and have grey buckets for eyeshadow and face brushes.



My Sacred Space

Hi, my name is Ansley Cartwright, and I have an unhealthy love for coffee.

We returned our bulky K-cup organizer, and instead, used a decorative bin for all my latte needs. We have a white basket for dry snacks and a Scentsy for our candle-free dorm. We also are in the process of setting up a Wii and TV for game nights, Bachelorette showings, and Netflix addictions.

Throwin' it out!

A cute wooden sign to remind me of home, and all the throw pillows you could ever need. The ruffle bedding is also a 10/10 because you don't have to iron what is supposed to look wrinkly!

Though dorm life is a challenge, I have absolutely loved our first few days in our tiny home!!

Please enjoy pictures of a CLEAN dorm, because it won't last long !!

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