His and Hers

My friend Damien and I met up in San Francisco to collaborate on one of my favorite types of look: his and hers suits. I love classic style, and I love menswear.  Probably, one love informs the other, since suits tend to hold classic colors, shapes, and cuts decade over decade.  The timeless look is always the best look.

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A pantsuit is my very favorite way to dress for work.  I also love more feminine clothes, and I actually wear dresses and skirts on the regular.  But if I'm totally honest with myself, the pantsuit is my ultimate workwear look.  I just feel so confident with one on.  I would wear a pantsuit every day if I thought I could.  It's probably a construct of my own mind to believe that I can't.  And also, there's a slim chance I might eventually get bored, and I can't bear the thought of becoming disillusioned with my very favorite look.

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I'm happy to report that I am slowly overcoming my print phobia.  I have always loved plaid (which I guess is technically a weave, not a print) because it is such an organized, geometric visual.  Big florals are kind of the final frontier for me.  I love Damien's houndstooth blazer and a very daring version of Rebecca would pair it with pants of the same design; although probably not for work. I'm a shy person that way. Solid pants would be my security blanket for sure.  And also, they do look awesome.

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Let's talk about loafers. There's kind of two ways a girl can wear her menswear: with or without feminine touches. For this look, I decided to forgo the feminine touches for the most part.  In other words, I'm not wearing heels.  I often do wear heels with a pantsuit to balance out all the masculinity. But loafers have taken women's fashion so much by storm as of late (nice work, Gucci) that I actually think they have a pretty neutral-to-feminine association at this point, and don't at all make me look like a girl who is deliberately doing the tomboy image (which, by the way, is a fantastic look; it just doesn't happen to entirely be my look).

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Happy Sunday, everyone! 


My look:

Banana Republic jacket // Banana Republic pants // Salvatore Ferragamo shoes (old) // Celine sunglasses // Vivienne Westwood bag (updated version) // Theory blouse (secondhand) // Salvatore Ferragamo belt (secondhand) 

Damien's look:

Zara blazer and pants