Borrowed From The Boys

Hi Kiddies

How goes it? Is it only Monday? Sheesh… I have an extra long week ahead, maybe that’s why I ask hehe. In yesterday’s post I mentioned feeling slightly craptastic over the last few days. Unfortunately I missed out on Friday’s awesome Style Challenge where I link up with other SF bloggers. Last weeks challenge was Borrowed From The Boys and I was feeling rather sad missing out. Even though I missed Friday’s reveal I figured why not post my challenge today? Monday also ends in day, right? 😉

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The foundation of my style is based on traditional, well structured clothes with a love of prints and colors. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself experimenting more. I’ve drifted away from my rather feminine upbringing to a more urban, eclectic style. After years of living in concrete jungles I’ve noticed each city has an unmatched fashion heartbeat. These nuances have encouraged me to appreciate my unique fashion journey as well. Confirming what I’ve always suspected to be true though, is a love for menswear. 

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I find myself rotating menswear pieces through my wardrobe quite often these days. Though for this challenge, I went with a very literal interpretation. Mr. T was actually part of the inspiration for this look. He has a very literal sense of humor and that got me thinking… I’ve also wanted to wear this skirt for some time but hadn’t actually gotten around to it. The colors in this look remind me of boarding school which in turn reminds me of Fall. It may be warming up for Indian Summer in SF but the rest of the country is starting to welcome cooler weather. In “normal” cities Fall is my favorite season and the colors I chose here play into that thought. There is nothing like the  leaves changing color, a crispness in the air and the promise of all things cuddly. It also reminds me of reading a good book in my guy’s over sized clothes while drinking hot chocolate. What do you love about Fall?

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Do you think menswear is easier to work into your wardrobe when the weather turns cool? The only thing I technically “borrowed” from Mr. T is the tie (which he may not get back). I wanted this look to have that prim and proper feel to it that a tie gives. I thought about adding oxfords but it became a bit too masculine so I kept with the ladylike pumps. While the shirt may look white in these photos in reality it’s a slight blueish purple. I added some jewelry with a little bit of sparkle but all in classic shapes to keep the look clean. Of course I can’t end this post without giving the bag some attention. I adore the 2 tone color and texture. It reminds me of a small satchel you might have for carrying your books to class. How do you think this turned out? Would you wear this look? If you’re wondering… I did. I wore it to work yesterday and the reaction was quite positive.

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Gender bending fashion never REALLY goes out of style. Rather it seems relegated to the ever revolving fashion door. Few things are sexier than a woman dressed in menswear. I’m glad this trend repeatedly works it’s way back into the style scene. Like any fashionable woman it somehow finds new ways to make it’s mark reminding us why we love it. You may also agree, sometimes it’s fun to Borrow from the boys.



Skirt, sweater, shoes, right hand bracelets & earrings – J.Crew

Shirt – Banana Republic

Tie – Agnes B

Bag – Pour La Victoire

Left hand bracelets – Raided from mom & Swarvoski

Rings – Forever 21, Jessica Feinsmith & ?

Watch – Sekio

Glasses – Old Navy

Book – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (my grandmothers copy and one of my all time favorite books)

Check out how the other ladies styled this challenge: Meghan, Angie, Adiel, Santina, KateJadeKristian and Rebecca.

    17 responses to “Borrowed From The Boys”

    1. So I have been trying to figure out what I would do for an Androgynous look… THIS IS FABULOUS!!!! You are so cute. Absolutely adore the last picture of you sitting on the stairs looking up, and the one prior too. I love the color combos here, and that bag is a home run paired with this ensemble. You cute thing. xx Miss you!

    2. I love menswear-inspired look for Fall, as far as I’m concerned a crisp white button-down is the perfect transition piece!

    3. What an AMAZING look!

      I sometimes don’t like that women can look better in menswear than us men can. LOL

    4. Meredith says:

      This outfit is so chic! You have styled everything perfectly! Love it!

    5. Tiffany says:

      Love this outfit! It’s so chic and fun. That skirt was made for you by the way 🙂

    6. Alwand Blog says:

      this outfit is so chic and tomboyish, great look

    7. T. says:

      I like the tie.

    8. Jenny says:

      Wow, I’m so in love with this outfit! It definitely borrows from menswear, but it’s so feminine at the same time. I definitely find it easier to dress like this in the Fall and Winter. I always want to wear bright colours and florals in Spring and Summer. Also, I can’t believe I’ve never mentioned this, but you are an awesome writer Nic!!

      xo Jenny

    9. Carlina says:

      This is too good, I mean girls in ties rock- and you are working it. I’m inspired to pull my ties out of hiding, it’s been too long. Love the jewelry, and the shoes, I have the same ones. ;))

      xo Carlina

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    11. You TOTALLY nailed this! Love this outfit, and the pop of red in the skirt is fab. I’m so glad you participated, even if it was (dare I say?) fashionably late!

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    14. Kristian says:

      Oh, I love it! The sweater and tie are a great combo!

    15. […] I loved this one because of the faux tie (you may remember my affinity for an actual tie here and here). Oh yeah and helloooooo, SEQUINS! I can’t help it. I love variety. I love something new and […]

    16. Kristian says:

      I love this look! You are adorable and the pencil skirt with a tie is one I now want to imitate…

    17. […] may have caught me sporting a tie before (here & also here) but for this look I veered more monochromatic. Actually the shoes, not the tie were my original […]

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