It's the biggest buzzword this winter for fashion forward women - androgynous style. The idea of taking styles traditionally worn by men and giving them a feminine spin is something that's been done in women's fashion before, but now the style has become a phenomenon, an inspiration that doesn't just need to inform one or two pieces in your wardrobe, but your entire seasonal collection.
The most obvious items, like button down shirts and men's style pants have been part of the style conscious woman's wardrobe for a long time. The shirt dress, a chic casual style that is now a popular spring style staple, was inspired by the longer length of men's shirts, retaining the rounded hem and cuffed sleeves for a makeshift outfit that looks like you've raided his wardrobe.
But now, guy style has become more than just an occasional inspiration, and the entire winter fashion spread has exploded with androgynous style. One of the most popular styles in this range is classic, 1950s style brogues. While the two tone style remains the most iconic, suede and leather finish brogues have become a girly wardrobe must-have, perfect for wearing with your favourite skirt, tunic, or jeans.
The shoes may be slightly slimmed down to suit more petite feet, but the panache and dashing essence of this masculine style has remained. Of course, designers all over have added their own modifications, such as heeled brogues, hybrid styles between ballet pumps and brogues and even peep-toe, brogue inspired heels and wedges.
Stove pipe pants are another guy inspired item that offer a change from the usual tight and fitted style of pants usually worn by women. This style offers a relaxed fit, perfect for a preppy, collegiate or professional look. Turning pants up to reveal just the ankle is a flattering way to wear them, offering just a slight feminine touch.
Blazers and jackets have been part of women's fashion since the 50s, but with more contemporary styles blurring the divide between men's and women's styles, boyfriend blazers and men's military style jackets have become a winter essential.
Image credit: Simon Deiner Photography/SDR Photo/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2012/Gavin Rajah
Simon Deiner Photography/SDR Photo/Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2012/Avant