One of the hottest trends this fall is menswear. The popularity of leather has pushed this look into the forefront. The Fall 2013 runways were chocked full of beautiful interpretations of what happens when fabrics--normally associated with a well dressed man--are reinvented into feminine designs.
If you don't want your entire outfit to include menswear fabric, create a jacket OR pants/skirt out of the Black/White Pinstripe,
Desert Sand Menswear Wool or Black Menswear Wool. Simplicity 2446, Marfy 2413 and Vogue 8333 are excellent examples of a feminine designed jacket, cinched at the waist. The perfect foil for the fabric.
Again, using a blouse is a fantastic way to add a touch of softness to balance out the tailored look of menswear fabric. Vogue 8857, 1366 and Burda 7189 are examples of blouses that will work well to
contrast with menswear fabric. These patterns would look great made with the following fabrics: Black Silk Charmeuse, Eggshell White 3-ply Silk and White on White Stripe. A peplum blouse (Vogue 8815) made with Ivory Basketweave is an other option.
A man's shirt is an all important item in his wardrobe. The shirt dress is the ladies version of this item. Still using our menswear fabric, you can make the dress out of Midnight Tropical Weight Wool , Olive Martini Tropical Weight Wool or Wall Street Grey. Consider Simplicity 2246 and Burda Style 09/2013.
Want a more structured vest? Consider making a vest (McCalls 2260, Marfy 2285 or New Look 6008) with the Grey/Silver Metallic Pinstripes. This vest will have an extra flair if you cut the fabric on the bias with a chevron effect at center front. Fabulous! You can wear this for work or play.
Burda Style Plus Size F/W 2013 #405
The Camel Corduroy will make a blazer paired with your favorite jeans. This will be great for running those weekend errands.
You can use accessories to add a smaller amount of masculinity to your outfit. I love the high-heeled and flat loafers that perfectly complement the menswear fabric trend. These dolled up loafers do a great job straddling the the masculine/feminine fence. Add a watch with metal links as another accessory borrowed from our guys' closet!