It costs a lot of money to look this cheap. – Dolly Parton
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When I was first trying to develop my own style, I’d often try to recreate a look that someone else had mastered. While this is a pretty juvenile technique, it actually helped me understand proportion better. I can imitate the style of someone taller than me, but I have to modify the lines, cuts and even the shoes to fit my petite frame. Side note: I kind of hate the word petite. I’m short. I’m not made of porcelain. /rant
The concepts are pretty #basic but proportion isn’t something that I immediately equate with style. This is one reason I like to imitate menswear looks. Oxfords, button-down shirts, tuxedo pants can be amazing (or awful) depending on how they’re cut and paired.
Gap blue button down shirt: Goodwill
My favorite detail on this shirt (other than the perfect tailoring) is that it has five buttons on the sleeves: in addition to being a style point, this gives you more control on how loose the sleeves are if you want to roll them up (which, in Houston, you almost always do). I have not been able to find another shirt like this one on eBAY and it makes me very sad.
(I forget the brand) Tuxedo ankle pants: TJ Maxx
The two style elements that really make these pants work are the tapered leg opening (something I would have HATED when I was younger) and the fact that they are cuffed and hit right at the ankle – which can be a challenge to find if you’re under 5’5”. I don’t know much about this brand but I really like these pants. I’m not super experienced in shopping at TJ Maxx, but I love their business model!
These put the outfit squarely into menswear territory, which is why the extra pointed toe and low profile are an absolute must – I’m trying to add feminine mystique to what would normally be considered a dude’s business casual outfit. I’m not trying to make myself look like a dude (which is why my hairstyle choice of a ponytail was out of place and got cut out of the photo). I added red lipstick to round out the feminine touches, and because I was feeling feisty that day.
My absolute favorite aspect of this outfit is that when I walked into the office, no less than five dudes were wearing the EXACT same outfit. I like to think I wore it best. 😉