Monday, September 28, 2009

Boys' Club

It's a couple of weeks since I took these photos of my new vest in action. Then today Karen, Of a Certain Age, posted about pulling menswear looks into real life, and I thought it was time for me to chime in.

Except for a bracelet, a simple large-link silver chain, and silver ball earrings, I didn't do much to feminize the outfit, but I enjoyed the slouchy polish I felt I achieved (and I know, combining slouch and polish might seem oxymoronic, but I was convinced, at least!). Funnily enough, of all the shoes I wore during the first two weeks of school, these low Converse were the ones that drew the compliments.
I could easily understand if Imogen or Karen or another Image Consultant pops in and suggests the proportions here aren't the best for me, but once again I want to say that I sometimes want to dress from the inside out, to express myself without always thinking about what makes me look taller and thinner and longer-waisted, etc. While I value learning how to best flatter my features and minimize my "flaws," sometimes this girl just wants to have fun!

12 comments:

  1. I think of it as 'slouchy intellectual cool' ...

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  2. You define "panache." Lovelovelove it--and am slightly abashed that I don't have the courage to try something similar myself (yet).

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  3. Love it. I don't always dress to thin my waist, lengthen my legs etc. either. In fact, I'm much more of a rule breaker, personally. Brenda Kinsel says style trumps all--otherwise we'd look pretty darn boring following all of our "rules" each day.

    Your man look is comfortable, youthful and appropriate and it looks great on YOU. I can't see your face in the photos, but make sure your lashes are long and lush and that you have great lipstick and a wonderful Jo Malone cologne. This adds the "irony factor." I love Converse on Certain Agers and I'm sticking to it.

    On other thought; Why does Ellen De Generes look cuter in her menswear than Annie Leibowitz does in hers? Answer: makeup! A gamine haircut! A sparkling personality! These things matter in pulling off a man "look."

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  4. Really like how you can play with so many different moods and looks!

    I don't strive for what Karen calls a "youthful" look, but don't want to look matronly either. So many clothes are too 'junior' for me.

    Like your ensemble as is- and one of your gorgeous mufflers would work too as it gets chilly.

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  5. Love this look! I think the long vest keeps the proportions right and the Converse kicks are fun.

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  6. I have fancied a pair of those converses for a while. I have only just found out they are washable which makes them more wearable.
    The look is great, I love the whole insouciance slouch look, especially with just a flash of adornment.

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  7. Love the whimsy of this menswear inspired look. You proved that not only "girls want to have fun"; "menswear wants to have fun" too!

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  8. I know I've already commented, but I wanted to add that I'm happy to see you wearing the Converse - I've been having a conversation wiht myself about whether I'm guilty of mutton when I wear them. The answer is 'not if you're wearing the right outfit'. Thanks!

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  9. Thanks all!
    Panache, eh? Insouciance, too! I can work with that!
    Karen, the idea of Annie Leibowitz wanting to be cute makes me chuckle, really. But I agree with you on the perfume -- that day, mine was probably Kelly Calèche.
    Duchesse: I did more menswear today and went with one of those "mufflers" -- an exuberantly-paisleyed red wool one, perfect for fall's chill.
    Pseu/IndieAl: I like the shoes -- to me, they're just clean-looking and practical -- the age issue wasn't an issue, from my perspective.
    LBR: Thanks for adding whimsy to panache and insouciance!
    Tiffany: See above . . .

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  10. I love this look on you. I agree too about pursuing one's inner style at the expense of rules. After all, are not rules meant to be broken? I think we'd all be pretty boring if we dressed just according to the "rules" for our individual bodies.
    Life is too short. Have fun. Look fabulous doing it. You do.

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  11. Thanks, Mardel! Let's not be boring, right?!

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