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Style Q&A

By Lindsay Feeney


Q. I have a ton of menswear-style pieces from this past fall in my closet, but can I wear them this spring? Or will they look out of place?

A. When you invest time and money in a certain look, in this case menswear, it’s difficult to part with clothes after one short season. This separation can be even more painful when money is tight after the holiday season and spring vacations. However, articles from your fall wardrobe can fit seamlessly into that of your spring with a bit of fine tuning.

For the spring, a skater-skirt silhouette is on trend. This feminine shape allows you to play with the level of femininity in a given outfit. When incorporating a menswear item, such as a button-down shirt, with a high- waisted skater skirt, you are balancing the prevailing gender. The level of transparency of the shirt can also determine how masculine or feminine your ensemble will look.

If you splurged on menswear-inspired trousers, you win in the battle of the seasons: Trousers are still on trend for spring. Though designers have focused this season on patterned pants, any monochrome items or pants with piping can be paired with trendy spring tops for an updated look. In terms of fabric, eyelet tops can be found at nearly any price point. The aesthetic of this fabric offers a feminine feel, though the style of the shirt can either maintain or enhance it. Looking for a harder edge? Try one of the leather styles for tops sprinkled on the Spring 2013 runways. If spring’s popular fabrics don’t mesh well with your personal style, try for color with spring’s neon craze. Whether your skin tone favors a feisty fuchsia or an optimistic orange, your final look will be on point.

The last layer of popular fall menswear items, and typically the last component you’ll add to your outfit, is the blazer. This garment can be a classic in a neutral color and with a slightly tailored fit. Blazers were seen loud and clear on the Spring 2013 runways, though varying slightly from what you may have purchased a few months back. Like trousers, blazers were strewn with striped, polka dot, and checkered patterns in a full spectrum of colors. Combine your neutral or muted blazer with a top in one
of spring’s favorite patterns, to make the look your own. For a colder night out, toss your blazer over a leather mini or two-toned dress with strategic piping to keep up with spring trends, and utilize this garment from day to night.

The key to carrying over menswear pieces from fall to spring is to broaden your imagination. Don’t associate these pieces with outfits you wore in the fall, but instead think of them as new spring garments. As always, the key to looking great is feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing, regardless of price, season, or popular trend.

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