February 22, 2017

Style Challenge: Making Menswear Glam (But Wearable)

So…..it’s style challenge week!  The week where we’re each challenged to try out something outside of our comfort zone…but in a way that feels authentic, not costume-y.

My style challenge?  Menswear.   No problem.  Immediately, this is the image that pops into my head:

Photo Credit: Harpers Bazaar

I mean, easy, right?  Menswear, got it.  Buuuut then the TME team clarified.  “We’re not talking about the low-cut blazer without a bra or blazer-as-a-dress thing, either, Scotti.”  Dammit.  Ok, so . . . like Shana, I had to turn to Pinterest for some help.  I started out with the idea of a slouchy blazer and loafers with boyfriend jeans.  There are SO many cute photos of this outfit all over Pinterest . . . BUT.  The problem was my body shape.  I’m definitely curvy . . . smaller waist with bigger hips and a booty and a slouchy blazer and slouchy jeans just made me look bigger.  So the hunt continued.  Then I found these pants.  So ridiculously comfortable (like wearing pjs outside) and surprisingly flattering.

Because the pants were slouchy, I needed a top that was a little more form-fitting so I reached for one of my favorite sweaters and paired it with a slim button up.  The bowtie was Zack’s idea . . . I thought it was going to look ridiculous, but I actually liked it!

The shoes . . . I just couldn’t do the loafers, guys.  I have yet to find a pair that are super comfortable that don’t make my feet look a mile long.  I went with some sexy pumps.  Gotta be true to your own style, right?  If you guys have some sexy-yet-comfortable loafer recommendations, let me know!

I wanted to try out this hair trend of layering bobby pins . . . it’s obviously messier than it needs to be, but I think I like it?  Maybe if I got some bobby pins that were a little more interesting . . .

Wearing:

Chambray Shirt: Available in regular and petite sizes.  I also love this  Fitted Boyfriend Oxford that’s also available in white and regular, tall and petite sizes for the perfect fit.

Merino Wool Sweater: A staple of my closet, this sweater comes in a ton of colors and regular or petite sizing.  Looks equally great with jeans, pants or skirts.  I actually wear this a lot with my sequin leggings . . . it calms down the look a bit.

Ankle Tie Pants: These have been restocked after selling out and are SUPER comfy.  I also really like these Tie Waist pants that come in navy, black and olive green.

Nine West d’Orsay Pumps (similar): These Ankle Strap Pumps come in a ton of colors, these Steve Madden pumps have a block heel for comfort and I love the tie on these pumps.

Bowtie: This was actually Zack’s bowtie AND his idea for me to wear it.  I thought it was going to look ridiculous, but I actually liked it!  I think it looked surprisingly feminine . . . almost like a necklace.

XOXO,

Scotti

 

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  • Hanna
    February 22, 2017

    As usual, you look fabulous!

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you!! Such a nice comment!

  • CS
    February 22, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE this outfit on you. What size did you end up with in the pants?

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you! So I ordered my usual size (medium) in the pants . . . there weren’t as many reviews when I ordered them and I’m glad because lots of people are saying they run big. I’m sure on people without larger hips/booties they might be big, but I loved that they kind of sat above my hips and DIDN’T give me muffin top. Super comfy.

  • Kristy B
    February 22, 2017

    This look is wonderful! And such a good call not going with a pair of loafers, the heels really add a fun element to this look! Great job

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you! I just couldn’t find a pair I liked and stuck with what I knew! lol

  • Lily
    February 22, 2017

    Looks really great! Nice, classic pieces and fairly simple alone, but put together, it has a definite WOW factor! Well done!

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thanks so much!

  • M
    February 22, 2017

    I like it! You guys are doing such an amazing job taking on new looks but keeping them true to YOUR STYLE. I can’t wait to see more! I love this idea of encouraging us to try something new but still keeping her to our STYLE/LOOK. Perfect.

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thanks! Yup – that’s exactly what this challenge was all about. And it was definitely a challenge for each of us! 🙂

  • Yvonne k
    February 22, 2017

    Love the pants!

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Comfy too! 🙂

  • Lauren
    February 22, 2017

    This looks great! You’re doing menswear, but it’s still totally you. And the bow tie is fun

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you!!

  • Felicity
    February 22, 2017

    Cute outfit. Wish you had done men inspired shoes since your sister wasn’t allowed to do over the knee boots! 😉 I think you need a redo! 😉

  • KT
    February 23, 2017

    First time commenter here. This outfit is totally up my alley. I’m curvy, too (small waist, big hips, big legs and I’ve got booty, too), and I can’t believe these pants would work.. but obviously they do! Thank you for showing styles for us curvier girls. Would love to know what size you got.

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      I got a size medium! True to size, but the reviewers said they ran big . . . I didn’t find that to be the case, but I guess I didn’t really try on the small either. I just liked that they were slouchy and comfy and didn’t dig in at the waist band (a problem I usually have). So glad you liked it!

  • Keilexandra
    February 23, 2017

    Yes, love the bowtie!

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you! I’ll let Zack know people are liking his idea. 🙂

  • Rose
    February 23, 2017

    Awesome, head to toe!!

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Thank you!!

  • Holly
    February 23, 2017

    I like it, if you had to do a redo without pumps, what about penny loafers or oxfords? My sister has theses, and they are pretty awesome
    http://www.colehaan.com/women%27s-pinch-campus-hand-stained-penny-loafer-electra/W02554.html?dwvar_W02554_color=Electra

    • Scotti
      February 23, 2017

      Those are cute – I especially like the tortoise shell pattern! Are they comfy?

  • houseofboys
    February 23, 2017

    I LOVE menswear and feel so comfortable in it. I need a new pair of loafer/flat/brogues and have been looking at Everlane’s loafers since the toe is a bit more pointed but not overly so and also I love high boots with a kiltie tassel (is that a thing?) and lace ups in front. What about cut out oxfords? It would break up the whole foot-covering-ness of an oxford and would skew a little sexier…

  • Germaine@mail.com
    February 24, 2017

    A very cute look on you! And love the hair too

  • Ali Stevens
    March 1, 2017

    You look beautiful! This is one of my favorite looks I’ve seen on you! Makes me want to copy this whole outfit. I’m a curvy girl too, especially after two kids the curves are…padded. Thank you!

  • Hope
    March 4, 2017

    I tried this out today & loved it! Used a smaller bowtie (my son’s) and really thought it worked nicely. Unfortunately, my sweater wasn’t fitted enough and I had to abandon parts of the outfit. Definitely need the fitted top to balance out the loose jogger type pants. The D’Orsay pumps were spot on perfect.

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