Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Seven: Menswear-Inspired Suiting


On the Runway

Another standby staple, designers suited up in menswear-inspired ensembles.  Many got a fresh update with vibrant patterns.  Rochas navy-printed suit and Prada’s striking bright orange suit are just two examples.


Giorgio Armani

See more runway inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard!

Ideas for Styling

Blazers have been popular for seasons with fashion bloggers, stylists, and celebrities for adding a dressy twist to any casual outfit.  Toss on a blazer with a tee and jeans for a weekend look, or sharpen up a girly skirt for work.  If you’d like just a hint of the masculine trend, try a pair of shoes with oxford-style details.  Brogues are very popular flats, as well as smoking slippers – totally on my wish list!

– See more styling inspiration on the Destination Thrift We ❤ Style Bloggers Pinboard!

Tips for Thrifting

Fit is key to keep you from looking “mannish.”  Pick jackets with nipped waists to keep that feminine edge.  Occasionally you can unearth a pretty wild suit – wear if you dare!  Vintage shoes like brogues or oxford heels sometimes pop up in thrifts.  You might get lucky and find a pair in your size!

How I Interpreted the Trend

I’ve only recently started picking up blazers – it can be tough for me to find one that’s just the right size.  My favorite way to do this trend is with the shirtdress – it is a very feminine take on a masculine garment and can be flattering to a wide range of body types.

Navy Pinstripe Shirtdress with Pockets

White Stag navy pinstripe shirtdress

Anne Klein Gray Pinstripe Shirtdress

Anne Klein gray pinstripe shirtdress

What menswear piece will you transform into feminine style?

Read about the other trends for Fall 2012:

  1. Oxblood
  2. Leather
  3. Velvet
  4. Florals
  5. Shiny & Sparkly
  6. Military-Inspired
  7. Menswear-Inspired – reading now
  8. Colorblocking & Pop of Color
  9. Prints
  10. Opulent / Baroque
  11. Hats
  12. Fur
2 Responses to “Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Seven: Menswear-Inspired Suiting”
  1. I agree, blazers are tough to find, and I agree with your take on shirt dresses.

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