No More “Borrowing” From The Boys

Known as one of the most ignored global events of the year, Men’s Fashion Week has hit the ground running, and with it has brought a fleet of style inspiration. We’ve often heard the colloquial “borrowed from the boys” phrase, also known as pairing oxfords with literally anything, but this time around, I will be graciously jacking their entire ensembles.

The blurring of gender lines is no new concept in the fashion realm. We’ve borrowed nearly every item from the male closet, but still have trouble with the concept of unisex fashion. Their looks are inspired, culturally-driven, and artistic – nothing really gender exclusive there. As I looked upon these outfits with pure admiration and a little calf-envy, I realized it was time to show appreciation for some fashion-savvy men by obsessing over the following looks. 

Relaxed & Effortless

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Relaxed fashion is a privilege men have been granted for centuries. Throughout the course of evolution, the beautiful specimen above has evolved into an advanced creature of effortless style. These jewel-toned shorts, gracefully landing above the knee makes me want to forget everything I ever knew about wearing pants. That belt? Bury me in it.

Loud Shirts, Louder Ties

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It’s been a while since I’ve considered wearing a tie, and when I did, it was that simple black addition to a crisp white shirt that peaked my interest. After stumbling upon these statement tops with statement additions, I can say I’ve been converted. Especially in the present phase of maxed-out fashions, I think this may be the only look we have yet to conquer.

Chest Piece

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Not asking you to get a chest tattoo, but to simply draw inspiration from the décolletage of this striped beauty. Feeling adventurous? Pair an appliquéd mesh top under a crisp shirt for the same appearance. You can also go the classic route and find yourself some layered metal jewelry that accent the cut of the shirt. Or, you can get a chest tattoo.

Corporate, Sporty, & Nude

With fashion churning out trends at hyper-speed, you’ll suffer from whiplash before you see nascent trends on sale at Nordstrom. Upon embracing the statement off-shoulder trend, its ubiquity at Forever21 made me feel like Ace Ventura in a room full of taxidermied animal heads.

While hiding under my covers from a sea of exposed shoulders, I looked to Vogue, desperate to discover something other than a collar bone. There, I laid eyes on Calvin Klein’s Fall 2017 collection designed by Raf Simmons.

In true Calvin Klein spirit accentuated with a Simmons twist, the show nodded towards new-wave patriotism. Described as, “the coming together of different characters and different individuals, just like America itself,” its versatility accented by tradition was beyond respectable.

Male and female models donned near identical outfits, emboldening a common place between the sexes. Scattered through was a wide range of Americana including steel-tipped cowboy boots, Wall Street-style suiting, and obscure couch-like plastic gleaming off trench coats, pairing oh so well with soft gender ambiguity.

Most admirably, Raf’s take on the Calvin Klein spirit was embodied by varsity sweater sleeves attached to tight mesh bodies. This uniform of modern, rule-bending Americana expertly combined pedestrian values of sport and career with some much-needed men in mesh .

The designs were prescient, palatable, and pioneering, a trifecta few designers achieve. Simmons embraces the spirit of the times, pushes the envelope, then delicately serves it on a silver platter. He manages to be loud and muted, forward-thinking with an ear to the past, and true to both himself and the brands he steps into.

Thanks to Raf, I emerged from my covers refreshed and anew, with my spirits high and shoulders proudly covered.

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