Style Icons: Menswear Muses

June 15, 2018

This Sunday, we’re celebrating Dad.

There’s a lot to love about him: his inexhaustible supply of barb-free jokes, his wedding-exclusive dance moves, and, of course, his sense of style.

Okay, maybe we don’t love everything in his wardrobe (we’re looking at you, cargo shorts and collared golf shirts). But we can’t help but notice a similarity between his closet staples and those of some of our favorite style icons.

For over a century, the most groundbreaking of designers have looked askance at the limitations of the traditional women’s wardrobe – Coco Chanel in the 1910s and Yves Sant Laurent in the 1960s are a particularly influential pair. In the 21st century, “borrowed from the boys” fashion is well within the mainstream – but even a short time ago, taking style notes from menswear was something only the most enviable trendsetters could pull off.

Tailored fits, crisp shirting, and suit-inspired sets are more popular than ever, and that’s thanks in part to the impact and legacy of the six women below. Here, we take a look at those style icons and the pieces they plucked from their dads’ closets – the pieces that are current essentials in ours.

Lauren Hutton: The Blazer
Lauren Hutton’s knack for blending feminine elegance with traditional menswear started in the late ‘60s with her signature denim-on-denim look. At a gorgeous, effortlessly polished 74, Hutton’s go-to look is defined by the pairing of soft with structured – think blazers and tennis shoes or a white blouse under a structured trench. The American actress-turned model graced the cover of Vogue just last year, proving that her impact on the aesthetically inclined is as strong as ever – and that a bold shoulder is the key to any outfit.

Get her look: Take a feminine approach to menswear with the Daisy Blazer or keep it classic with the Blaine Blazerthe Cornerstone Blazerand more.

Diane Keaton: The Chino
Diane Keaton has a long history of being pants-perfect. Arriving on the style scene in the ‘70s, her instantly iconic Annie Hall outfits turned loosely knotted ties, floppy felt hats, and high-waisted chinos into It-Girl essentials. Always topping off her trouser-based outfits with fun finishing touches – a beret here, a scarf there – she’s been showing both women and men how to wear chinos well for decades.

Get her look: Chino by Anthropologie is your one-stop-shop for this menswear staple, but to go truly Keaton from head-to-toe, you’ll need some new accessories.

Charlotte Rampling: The Buttondown 
The ever-immaculate Charlotte Rampling became a style icon in the ‘60s and ‘70s by way of her easy, yet tailored approach to dressing. Her sensibility has epitomized androgynous dressing through the decades, but it’s the casual elegance of her buttondown collection that cements her style legacy. Known for wearing faded chambray, crisp white poplin, and everything in between, she’s perfected a look that has influenced the contents of every well-curated closet.

Get her look: Every closet needs a go-to buttondown. Ours is theMcGuire Rossi Pajama-Style Top, but we can’t resist the prints, tie-fronts, and twists of our ever-growing collection.

Françoise Hardy: The Trench
So much of our love for French fashion is exemplified by Françoise Hardy: her au naturel makeup, her pared-down outfits, her perfectly tousled hair. An icon of the endlessly influential yé-yé pop scene of the 1960s, she has shown a lifelong ability to throw a classic trench over anything she wants and create an enviable ensemble. A muse to many, Hardy has influenced designers at Calvin Klein, Gucci,  and more – Comme des Garçons even found its name in the lyrics of one of her songs.

Get her look: For summer, we recommend something lightweight and lengthy, like the Waisted Trench Coat or the Angela Draped Trench CoatIf you can’t resist a good print, you’ll love the Leopard Trench Coat.

Cate Blanchett: The Relaxed Trouser
Cate Blanchett defined what “style icon” means to her in a 2017 awards speech, saying, “For me, it’s always those women who’ve been utterly themselves without apology.” We couldn’t agree more. The actress unapologetically embraced the loose-leg look long before “boyfriend fit” was a wardrobe must-have, and has consistently proven that the most iconic looks are both powerful and pretty. Never afraid to suit up for the red carpet, she seamlessly layers traditional menswear pieces with feminine details, as evidenced by this plaid and powder-blue pantsuit.

Ger her look: Give trousers a chance with the Charlemagne Wide Legs – they feature a print that we’re loving for summer (but we’ve got your solids, florals, and everything in between covered, too). 

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Brook Shields: The Utility Jumpsuit
Like the Calvin Klein jeans that famously shone the style spotlight on a young Brooke Shields, the jumpsuit had humble beginnings as a piece of workwear. In the ‘80s, the model and actress defined “one-and-done” dressing for a new generation of American women – not only did Brooke wear her own wardrobe of jumpsuits, she also shared her style via a collection jumpsuit sewing patterns. Today, her love for the silhouette is still going strong: In 2015, she wore a white Roland Mouret jumpsuit to her 50th birthday party.

Get her look: From classic utility, to printed or dressy, we’re loving all things jumpsuits. To take another cue from Brooke Shields, play around with proportion and give rompers a go.