Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Two days is never enough is it? Luckily we have a long Easter weekend to look forward to this week. Hopefully the weather will be nice so I can get outdoors and blow the cobwebs away.
It was my turn to choose a theme for this month’s Style Not Age blogger collaboration, and after feeling stumped for ideas I suddenly thought of “Borrowed From the Boys”. It marks a bit of a departure from my usual colourful outfits, but I like to keep things fresh. Initially, I thought of wearing my check trousers with a shirt and knitted tank top, but this blazer fits the bill perfectly…because it is actually from a menswear label. I didn’t know that when I bought it because it wasn’t shown on a model and didn’t state it was for men on the TKMaxx website. But I love the bee embroidery so much so I decided to keep it. Not so much “Borrowed From the Boys” as permanently pilfered. (It’s available at Asos if you fancy nabbing one too!)
Due to the slightly oversized fit, the blazer looks best with tapered trousers. I’ve had these Tibi tuxedo style trousers for years, and although they were quite pricey (even on sale) they’re proven to be a wise investment. For a classic look I’ve teamed the blazer and trousers with a plain white cotton shirt. I considered adding a tie but this shirt doesn’t have a top button so I left it as is. It probably looks better like this showing a bit of skin as the jacket isn’t very fitted on the waist. The open shirt helps to draw the eye down and avoid a blocky effect. Styling menswear is all about getting the proportions right and adding a few feminine touches for balance.
I’m wearing a charming, delicate bee necklace but it slipped behind the shirt…you’ll just have to imagine it! However, there’s no danger of the bold acrylic bee earrings going unnoticed! Actually, I’ll let you into a secret – I’m only wearing one. The post fell off the other one and the glue hadn’t set by the time I did these photos. My hair usually covers one ear so you wouldn’t have seen it anyway. Thank goodness for Gorilla glue!
SHOP THE LOOK
Devil’s Advocate blazer | Tibi trousers (old) | Jaeger shirt (old) | Zara hat (old) | Modalu bag (eBay)| earrings from eBay | F&F boots
Anna is wearing a men’s trouser suit that she found in a charity shop in Harrogate a few years ago. If you’re a regular reader of Anna’s Island Style you’ll know that she finds the most amazing bargains in charity shops, and this suit is no exception. Those charming frilled sleeves perfectly compliment the tailored suit.
Hilda is clearly enjoying the sunshine and looking fabulous in flares, a knitted tank top and her husband’s hat. I wonder if she’ll give it back? Find out at Over the Hilda.
Jacqui from Mummabstylish borrowed a patterned t-shirt from her son which she has teamed with a black blazer and peg leg trousers. The pink trainers add a lovely feminine touch.
Gail has combined masculine tailoring with feminine shades that are perfect for spring. I love the matching lilac tie and brogues. Head over to Is This Mutton? for all the details.
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