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Menswear Trend For Fall 2011

Fall 2011 Breakdown: How to Make Menswear Work

Ladies, listen up: if there's anything we've learned from the Fall runways, it's that it is officially time to embrace our masculine side. We're talking tuxedo jackets, bowties, suspenders — the whole nine. The menswear look was shown in collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, and Jason Wu (just to name a few) and calls to mind liberated, cool-and-confident women like Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. If you need an extra push, just check out how cute Roseanne Doosje looks in Marie Claire Czech; it's a classic, sophisticated look that has just enough gender-bending appeal to make a serious statement — and somewhat ironically, can actually be super ladylike.

Here's how to get the look:

  • If you're feeling timid, keep your menswear color palette in chic black and white — the graphic combo is cool enough to make a statement, without feeling too stuffy.
  • Temper your androgynous ensemble with a pair of sky-high heels. Not only will they add a touch of femininity, but they'll also give you loads of confidence. The same goes for loose waves, lots of mascara, and a sweep of bright lipstick.
  • Opt for fabrics like silk, ponte, and tweed for a real borrowed-from-the-boys vibe.

Now that you're up to speed, click through to see our complete breakdown of this season's menswear trend, then shop essential pieces.

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