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Asymmetric Linen Trouser
Vince
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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A great wear-now style in linen, these trousers have a very “borrowed from the boys” feel with the asymmetrical front. As we mentioned, this is all about the detail in the waist and rise. The crossover appearance gives that feeling that you’ve borrowed a men's pair of pants and need to cinch the waist in to fit. It’s actually quite slimming, especially since the leg is tapered. And like most Vince, this is a contemporary, yet easy fit. You want to show the waist off, so wear something simple and tucked in with it.



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08/05/2014

‘Borrowed from the Boys’ and Made for a Woman

In the early 1900’s, pants started creeping into fashion for women, but they were still far from commonplace. When Katherine Hepburn made pants part of her “signature look” in the 1930’s, it was noteworthy because it seemed so radical. Thanks to women like her, smart designers, and lots of practical women, we have the benefit of wearing pants whenever – and however – we like. It’s funny to even say that, acknowledging there was a time when a woman couldn’t stare into her closet and choose between a skirt, a dress, a pair of leggings, jeans, wide leg trousers, or culottes if she so desired. And now? Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by the choices. So, let’s focus on the trouser silhouette we are currently coveting - Menswear Inspired Trousers. What makes them inspired by menswear? They can take many shapes, in terms of a wider or slimmer leg, cropped or full length. One thing they generally have in common, though, is waist detail. Many will have some form of pleating. Some will have a longer rise, with the waist worn at the waist or lower, for a loose and slouchy look. Some pants can be inspired by menswear because of the fabrication – tweeds, houndstooth, plaid. Regardless, they all project a more tailored look, with enough versatility that all body types can wear a version of this style.
This is a big trend in fall, so you’ll want to be sure some menswear inspired pants are hanging in your closet.
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Rag & Bone/JEAN - The Dre Skinny Boyfriend Jeans
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Rag & Bone/JEAN - The Dre Skinny Boyfriend Jeans
The Dre Skinny Boyfriend Jeans
Rag & Bone/JEAN
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Can we really talk about menswear inspiration in pants this season without talking about boyfriend jeans? We don’t think so. We’ll show you a few more throughout the week, but this one is quickly becoming a fabric in the office, since the wash looks perfectly broken-in, but doesn’t cross the line into truly casual – no holes or rips here. Just the way we remember our brother’s well worn jeans in high school, without the years of breaking them in. And the leg is slimmer, so they have a more polished feel to them. Note: These are a contemporary fit, but not as low-rise as they appear in the picture. The rise is 8”. Pair it with a blazer done in French terry for that easy casual Friday look.
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Free People - Plaid Crinkle Trousers
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Free People - Plaid Crinkle Trousers
Plaid Crinkle Trousers
Free People
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At Mark Shale, we’ve always loved Free People. And while they put outfits of their clothes together with a younger, bohemian woman in mind, there’s no denying the styles work on us women of all ages. These pants are a perfect example. We equally love this muted red and the black plaid (click through the “shop it” button to see that color) options for a great transitional pair of menswear pants. They have a relaxed fit, even though they are contemporary. If you are between sizes, size down. We’d pair them with an easy button-down shirt or crewneck sweater with a pair of lace-up oxfords or classic mens-style loafers (these are perfectly amazing). It creates a completely different look, but doesn’t change how much we love these pants.


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Alice + Olivia - Kate Herringbone Trousers
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Alice + Olivia - Kate Herringbone Trousers
Kate Herringbone Trousers
Alice + Olivia
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We don’t always find eye-catching pieces when we’re looking for a great pair of work pants. But Alice + Olivia has certainly delivered that here. The herringbone fabrication is gorgeous. And the men’s inspired silhouette, with a stylish higher rise, really makes your waist look tiny - perfect for those of us with some womanly curves and smaller waists. Complete your look with a tailored shirt and feminine black pumps to balance the look.

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Lafayette 148 New York - Menswear Trousers
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Lafayette 148 New York - Menswear Trousers
Menswear Trousers
Lafayette 148 New York
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Whatever color you choose, these stretch wool Lafayette 148 New York trousers will be a work horse in your wardrobe for the office. Many of us have more than one pair. And we should mention that these are modern fitting pants, but they do have a slightly higher rise for comfort. They will work with all your work pieces – blouses, sweaters, cardigans, and blazers. They also make a great backdrop for any pretty prints or pops of color you want to wear on top.
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Talia Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Talia Trousers
Talia Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Hugo Boss does workwear like no other. So, when they took one of their best fitting work pants and updated it with black contrast trim at the waist, we were sold. While these are clearly inspired by a mens work trouser, Hugo Boss has made them completely feminine in their modern fit that works for so many body types. Better yet, they are lined and the wool fabric has a bit of stretch to them – perfect for a long day at the office. We like to wear them with a tucked in shirt or blouse (white, ivory, or black) to show off the waist detail. And you can easily throw on a black blazer.
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NYDJ - Alina Houndstooth Leggings
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NYDJ - Alina Houndstooth Leggings
Alina Houndstooth Leggings
NYDJ
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Here’s it the houndstooth pattern that really reminds us of our favorite men. And we love it for NYDJ’s feminine modern fit. Note: NYDJ is cut for a more womanly fit, so this model may not quite do them justice. They have a higher rise, meant to sit at the navel (goodbye, muffin top!), but do run more true-to-size than many other NYDJ cuts, which are a bit looser. This pair has a great slim fit, and the masculine edge of the houndstooth print really elevates them. Pair them with a black tunic or blouse for an easy look that dresses up or down. Trust us, you will get tons of use out of these – think of them as a black pant replacement.
 

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