Menswear has inspired my own personal aesthetics because of it's non-conformist, simplistic timeless elegance. It's unfussy and straightforward styling- and always feels especially cool when women wear items that are more masculine in design. Maybe because it's going against the grain of dressing 'pretty' and is rebellious in that sense- and you truly have to own your style (and personality!) and be a bit of a risk taker- and not care what others think about what you wear. Tomboy chic is where girls can dress like boys, and still be feminine, look cool and be comfortable. It's the balance of feminine and masculine that is played with to create the perfect formula of understated femininity.
Borrowing from the boys is what countless icons of style have done for years; from Kate Moss to Alexa Chung to Jane Birkin and even Brigitte Bardot. If you study any of these women's personal style- you will often notice the masculine elements that these women have gravitated towards time and and time again. And so, I am translating all of this into a Menswear Kimono Styling guide to show you how to do the same.
The first menswear look I have created pairs the new Faye Kimono - worn as a shirt (which is simply tucked into the front of my pants while the back remains untucked) with the Japan Kimono in Taupe. The Faye acts as the white shirt inspiration and the Japan - cut long as a Duster (above the ankles) and worn loose without a belt- emanating a men's trenchcoat. (Hint- I am debuting Trench Kimono hybrids mid June!)
The Faye Kimono is inspired by the effortless style of Ms. Faye Dunway- who said that every woman (or man ;) needs a great classic white shirt... Or in this case, Kimono. It is a mostly opaque light -weight cotton Kimono in a crisp white color with a subtle sheerness to it. It is available now in the Current Inventory section of my site.