So today’s challenge was to pair a masculine piece with feminine details. When I saw the inspiration photos on Pinterest, I thought for sure this would be a breeze…not so much. I was originally going to do cargo pants with a girly top and throw some heels/jewelry to it, but couldn’t find anything to work. So I decided to go a bit more out of my comfort zone and pair this military style jacket with a floral dress. I cinched the get-up with a belt to bring it all together and also polish it up a bit being that I wore it to work. So above is a dress from JC Penney, jacket from Forever 21, and a belt from New York & Co – all finds in my closet. I threw on my staple jewelry choices (more to venture out with) and some black wedge heels, but this totally could have been done with ballet flats too.
I will say in my first day of venturing out, I was concerned that I was not going to be comfortable. That could not be further from the truth! Getting out of my usual zone was actually pretty liberating and made me feel fab all day. I was sure that having a belt around me cinching all of this fabric was going to get old and it didn’t really bother me either. So I am now a full on believer in the stepping outside of your box and what it can do for your day.
To try this masculine/feminine gig out yourself, I have found some affordable goodies below to help with ideation. I stayed in the realm of masculine jacket with dress and cargo pant with blouse look. Be sure to remember that comfort is key. Blouses and dresses can be very comfortable if you choose what works best for you. So keep comfort in mind, but play around with this fun look – it is definitely a versatile one that will help you to be a bit dressed up while still able to get through your day no prob. And the best part of them is that you can easily dress this up with jewelry and heels or keep the jewelry simple and wear flats – your choice. Share your creations here - I can’t wait to check your duds out.
1. Sheer Blouse – JCP 2. Sheer Blouse – Forever 21 (I would wear a cami under this one, but I am a safe one) 3. Necklace – Forever 21 4. Necklace – Forever 21 5. Floral Blouse – Forever 21 6. Cargo Pants – Target 7. Sandals – Rack Room 8. Wedges – Target