Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Stealing From The Boys ~ by Kipp
Inspired by Richard’s appreciation for women in bowties, I decided to take on the challenge myself. The women who decide to try out this bold menswear look should remember two helpful hints: First, layering is essential for balancing out your neckpiece to avoid looking like a schoolmarm or playboy bunny (a WASPY woman is neither of these extremes). Layering adds dimension to your outfit so that the eye isn’t immediately drawn to your neck; the bowtie should add to your overall look, not steal the show. Second, at least one other element of your outfit should be distinctly ladylike. Whether you decide to do that with color (pink!), fabric (lace), or a body hugging pencil skirt like I did, a girlish component balances out a traditionally masculine bowtie. Of course, I never oppose to topping the look off with a feminine headband and pearls either!
My habit of borrowing from menswear does not stop at bowties. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present my favorite new loafers! I am absolutely addicted to their comfortable insoles and sumptuous leather. Women before me have long known that loafers are an essential to the WASP look. Throw them on with a skirt or dress for a look that is fresh, not forced.
So, ladies, do not be afraid to dig around in your husband’s/boyfriend’s closet and try a bowtie out for yourselves! Wear it confidently; you’ll be turning heads in no time!