Rosemary Mac Cabe

Hemlines, heels and haute couture – your daily dose

Androgyny is sexy – didn’t you get the memo?

At some point between Kardashian and bodycon, fashion has taken a serious right turn down the route of slick tailoring and menswear-inspired separates, meaning a very cool series of trends. I blame Cos, mostly, for its determined adoption of straight …

Wed, Aug 3, 2011, 15:30

   

At some point between Kardashian and bodycon, fashion has taken a serious right turn down the route of slick tailoring and menswear-inspired separates, meaning a very cool series of trends. I blame Cos, mostly, for its determined adoption of straight lines and boxy shapes, but it’s everywhere now – in feminine favourite Marks & Spencer, in Zara (oh, Zara, how I love and hate you in equal measure), in Dunnes and Penneys, for crying out loud.

Warehouse A/W 2011

It’s a move away from the Mad Men-inspired styles we’ve seen dominate the high-street scene for the past five years or so and towards a much more restrained femininity. When you dress like a man, you can no longer rely on your T&A to show the world that you got ‘em; instead, it’s in the way you walk, the way you hold your head, the way you wear your hair – and, oh yes, your lipstick, my new favourite accessory.

I’m all about the brogues – today I wore mine with skinny jeans, a camel coloured trench and a grey vintage marl T-shirt by Helmut Lang (I know, check me out!), but added a bright purple (yes, purple) lip and a sequined bolero by Antik Batik because I just can’t quite get on board with full-on menswear. How about you? Do you go the whole hog or do you keep it girly?

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