On more than one occasion, you’ve heard us talk about pairing masculine inspired pieces with feminine foundations; although we’d like to take the credit for this one, alas, we cannot. In this post, we pay homage to the master of masculine meets feminine: Katherine Hepburn. Katherine Hepburn, along with being a Hollywood heavyweight, was known for actually wearing the man’s pants in the relationship; literally, she would wear men’s pants. More than a passing trend, Katherine inspired women everywhere to consider how, they too, could meet their own man.
This is everyone’s friend, Libertee.
Libertee is a stylist, make-up artist, and photographer extraordinaire; and most importantly, the “she” of “she and her.” Anyone that knows Libertee, knows that she has a love for the era of Katherine, Marilyn and Audrey; the classics. Today, we focus on how to pair Katherine’s classic looks with current trends.
We’d like to see a man pull this off – (we don’t mean that, please don’t).
Much like Katherine did, Libertee is wearing a man’s trouser; unlike Katherine, Libertee purchased these pants from the women’s section of Banana Republic. Believe us, we’ve tried and although we’ve been successful on select occasions, trying to buy men’s pants in the 21st century is tough – simply because men are wearing slimmer cuts; trying to fit your hips into pants made for people without hips will only do bad things for your ego; instead, keep an eye out for terms like “trouser” and “boyfriend” to get that masculine feel. In addition to the pants, Libertee is wearing a longer, boyfriend blazer paired with a crop top with horizontal stripes on the left, and a longer top, also featuring horizontal stripes on the right. If you’re comfortable with the crop top, it’s a fun way to pair a trend with a classic look; if crop tops aren’t your bag, not to worry – the look on the right is equally as rad! You’ve probably been discouraged from wearing horizontal stripes, before – believing they’d make you look wide. When paired correctly, like Lib has done with a tapered jacket, they actually create the opposite illusion. Last but not least, we recommend pairing this look with a simple black stiletto; the short stop of the pant paired with the heel, will make sure your leg doesn’t appear “cut off.”
Because classy girls don’t do the walk of shame:
We have a working theory that this look is actually the result of Katherine avoiding the walk of shame from Spencer Tracy’s house, one Sunday morning. Although we can’t prove whether or not this is actually true, one thing we know for sure is that we love, love, love this look. Pairing a distressed boyfriend cut jean with a big comfy sweater is a cute and playful to look stylish and stay comfortable. Although we use the term, baggy, we encourage you to make sure that this sweater fits you well in the shoulders; you don’t want to look like you’re drowning in the sweater. Building on the concept of comfortable, Libertee is wearing a men’s style loafer to finish off the look. We’ve made sure that Libertee’s clavicle bone is nice and exposed in an effort to focus on the feminine aspect of a woman’s décolletage, ensuring that the bagginess of the outfit is balanced by this ladylike feature.
It’s a shirt. . .It’s a dress. . . It’s a shirtdress!
The time of the shirtdress is now! Although this look has long been a part of the masculine side of a ladies wardrobe, current trends are focusing on a boxier, looser fitting look. Libertee is playing on this trend on the left with all of her buttons done and her collar popped. The combination of a popped collar and an updo accent the jawline and make for a more powerful look; additionally, this also finishes the vertical stripe and makes Libertee appear taller. Pairing the boxier styled look with a high heel is of the utmost importance as it will create the illusion of a longer leg. If you choose to wear this look with a flat, we recommend bringing a belt into the equation, like Libertee has done on the right. By accenting your waist, your legs will appear to be longer, even though we’re wearing a flat shoe. Additionally, the white and the blue stripes inspire a nautical feel, a look that we love during the summer months. Ahoy, sailor!
How to sharpen your pencil:
Katherine wasn’t always in trousers; like any other woman, she loved a good pencil skirt; however, staying true to her masculine-inspired-style, she would often pair this look with a crisp, collared men’s shirt. We love incorporating a button-up denim shirt and a fitted pencil. Such a great way to integrate a classic look with a current trend. This look is also an excellent example of balancing an outfit; the feminine fit and print of the skirt is complemented perfectly by the stronger denim medium of the shirt. Like any other time, pairing a high heel with this look will serve to elongate your legs.
We will venture on the side of caution and suggest that this look is inspired by Katherine and not necessarily a direct reproduction. If Libertee were Katherine, she would be wearing a high wasted, wide-trouser pant with a tucked in, fitted button up shirt; however, because this is Libertee and because fashion is an evolution, not a reproduction, we’ve done the opposite to give it a more modern feel. Libertee, instead, is wearing a high-waisted, skinny jean and a looser fitting, parachute-inspired shirt. Although this look is essentially the opposite of what Katherine was known to wear, it plays on the same premise – balancing the top and the bottom. We also want to bring attention to the fact that because Libertee is wearing a high-waisted, skinny jean, we’ve made sure that her top is longer on the bottom in the back to avoid creating what is commonly referred to as mom butt.