5 Ways to Borrow from the Boys This Fall

By Laura Lajiness

Fall has officially arrived! Cozy knits and cool coats are key in cool weather, but ultra-tailored pieces are a standout trend for the season with a decidedly smart autumnal look. From sharp shirts to trim blazers and classic plaid, menswear influences bring an added touch of polish to wardrobe staples whether you’re dressing for work, a relaxed weekend, or an evening out — without the stiffness of formal suiting. It’s all about juxtaposition and playful nuances for a freshly styled look — like an oversize button-down shirt with slim pants and barely-there strappy heels, or white booties and a boldly colored sweater to punch up a checked skirt suit.

To further demonstrate the allure of menswear as womenswear, we’re decoding the trend with five easy-to-wear outfits. Trust us, it’s easier to pull off than you think — in fact, we’re certain you’ll totally fall for the trend.

SHOP: Plaid Boyfriend BlazerHigh Waisted Plaid Sash Waist SkirtRibbed Turtleneck SweaterPointed Toe Heeled Booties

Suiting continues to be a major trend this season, and this take on the skirt suit feels fresh. For a skosh of playfulness, white ankle boots and a colorful knit punctuate neutral plaid. The finishing touch? Sleek golden hoops.

SHOP: Plaid Cropped Halter Top, Low Rise Plaid Columnist Ankle Pant Chain Detail Quilted Shoulder Bag, Solid Lug Boot

From windowpane checks to tartan, plaid is a staple of menswear-inspired style. For an unexpected take, go for matching separates paired with lug-sole boots and a chain-link bag — the effect feels both so ‘90s and so right now.

SHOP: Ruched Sleeve Boyfriend Blazer, Downtown Cami, High Waisted Chain Original Straight Ankle Jeans, Mini Round Buckle Reversible BeltSquare Toe Heeled MulesStatus Link Y Necklace

Pairing an oversize blazer with boyfriend jeans may seem like overkill, but not if you choose the right silhouettes, colors, and accessories. For a versatile outfit that goes from day to night, a topper in a fun color, lightly distressed denim, a textured belt, chain-link necklace, and patent mules read sleek and stylish.

SHOP:Slim Solid Wrinkle-Resistant Performance Dress ShirtMid Rise Extreme Stretch Skinny Pant, Strappy Heeled Sandals, Linear Ombre Teardrop Earrings

The white button-down shirt is a wardrobe staple. An oversize fit (this one’s from our men’s collection) worn over slim-fitting pants captures that borrowed-from-the-boys feel while strappy sandals and vibrant drop earrings lend a luxe, ladylike touch.

SHOP: Oversized Shaker Knit Deep V-Neck Tunic SweaterSleeveless Ribbed Turtleneck SweaterSuper High Waisted Cuffed Faux Leather Shorts, Thin Heel Western Booties

 Edge up a cozy knit by trying an unexpected color and teaming it with a sleeveless turtleneck, (Minus The) leather shorts and your go-to black booties.