‘Borrowed from The Boys’ is Emma’s prompt for this month’s ‘Style Not Age’ group. It is true that we have adopted many items of men’s clothing as our own, over the years. Trousers are the most obvious item, I suppose.
POTTED HISTORY OF PANTS
When you look back at women’s fashion through the centuries it was very restrictive. Generally, what men wore was more comfortable and allowed for ease of movement.
During World War I, civilian women who took over jobs traditionally held by men wore pants. And in WW2, civilian and military women wore them both for work and socially.
In the 1950s, there were Hollywood stars such as Katharine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich who defied the fashion rules and wore pants/trousers and tuxedo suits.
But it wasn’t until the 1960s, helped along by The Women’s Rights Movement, that more women began to wear trousers.
However, in certain workplaces, it was still frowned upon. I started teaching in 1978 and women teachers in my school were not allowed wear trousers for several more years. They were not considered ‘suitable’!
I shopped my wardrobe for most of this. The wide trousers from Paul Costello at Dunnes Stores are a firm favourite. And my patterned cotton shirt from The Bias Cut online boutique has been seen previously in a ‘Style Not Age’ challenge.
Have any of you bought into the vest trend? Mine is new from Mango. But they are everywhere on the High Street.
Of course. the knitted, sleeveless jumper/tank top/vest/slip-over is also borrowed from the boys. It is handy for extra warmth and to cover gaping buttons.
Finally, I teamed the outfit with my crossbody bag (ancient) and my Adidas trainers and topped it off with Graham’s Fedora from Wallaroo.
Truly borrowed from the boys. And he will just have to share it in future!
Anna’s blue trouser suit (originally for a man) was a find in a second-hand shop. I love the feminine touches of ruffles and pretty trainers. Pop over to annasislandstyle to find out more.
Emma’s stylish man’s jacket (Devil’s Advocate) is from TK Maxx. And what a beauty it is. Loving the satchel and hat also. See more on style-splash.
Jacqui also went for a trousers and jacket and borrowed her T-shirt from her son. Love the pink trainers to soften the look. You can find out more on mummabstylish.
And over on Is This Mutton, you can see Gail looking rather dandyish in her lilac tones. Her tie is borrowed from her husband and he wore it the day they got married.
I love our monthly virtual get-togethers and it certainly helps me to get out of my leggings and lounge wear. We are all suffering from lockdown fatigue here in Ireland and are possibly facing into another six weeks (at least) of heavy restrictions.
I hope you are doing ok, wherever you are. Stay safe.