When your style needs an adrenaline shot of individuality, women’s fashion might not be your first port of call. But since Coco Chanel first drew the sleek lines on her iconic little black dress in the roaring twenties, female and male designs have fed from each other symbiotically to influence some of the most iconic designs.
Chanel broke the mould when she borrowed from male style to dress women in trousers, so maybe it’s high time you felt less self-conscious about taking tips from the fairer sex.
So, if you’re tired of the same stale and staid choices from your favourite brands and want to pep up your wardrobe for a boardroom power meeting or a black tie event, here are a few ideas on how female fashion can make your wardrobe pop.
Elegant evening dress
Paris remains the global couture capital, so why not steal some sleek evening dress ideas from AX Paris as you prep your outfit for a night on the town with your significant other? For example, a touch of floral embroidery on your tuxedo provides a certain je ne sais quoi.
Outstanding office attire
Many employers no longer insist a tie is compulsory but, when dressing to impress a new client, you can insert a bit of personality to your favourite business suit with a pair of pristine two-tone brogues.
For a finishing flourish, top off this look with a fantastic fedora. Spinning it onto the hat stand first time like James Bond will make you an office legend, but get some practise at home first.
Casual court classics
Since Fred Perry first strutted his stuff at Wimbledon, male and female tennis styles have provided a rich seam of classic styles that transcended sport. And you don’t need to smash a serve like Federer to look just as cool and confident relaxing with friends in your favourite bar or restaurant.
If you don’t want to go for the full-blown Federer Express look, a pair of classic tennis shoes adds some understated style to any casual outfit.
You can stick to white or cream or pick a pair with a splash of colour to match your mood – there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style.
So there you have three great ideas on combining elements of women’s style to refresh your wardrobe whether you’re at work or at play.
Mixing and matching elements of colour, cut and pattern adds creativity to any male outfit. Follow these tips to win the style stakes game, set and match.