How To Shop In The Men’s Section

Consider STEPPING OUT of the womenswear section completely – it’s well worth it ONCE YOU KNOW HOW

 

From Coco Chanel’s suits to Saint Laurent’s iconic Le Smoking tuxedo, womenswear designers have a long history of drawing on menswear for inspiration. However, these pieces often come with a concession: the waist nipped in on a coat or an oversized shirt that just doesn’t feel quite generous enough. Consider stepping out of the womenswear section completely – it’s well worth it once you know how. Menswear delivers on the outerwear front if you’re after structured shoulders, a straight cut, or oversized proportions.

 

Trench coats and oversized blazers are big this spring and both were originally designed with men in mind. Opt for slightly shorter styles to keep the proportions oversized but not excessive; a good tailor can easily adjust sleeve lengths. (Warning: you’ll find it hard to go back to women’s outerwear after experiencing the luxury of the generous pockets men have been enjoying for centuries.)

Cotton trousers, €89, at Cos. Take the time to sift through Cos’ menswear department and you will find some future classics.

Men’s T-shirts and sweaters are essential for their extra slouch. Wearing men’s trousers, however, may take a little more experimentation. But once you nail your size, they can be surprisingly flattering, especially chinos and slim-fit suit pants (go up a waist size if you have fuller hips). Finally, the crisp men’s button-down shirt is a classic for a reason. Size up and roll the sleeves for an effortless look that will never date.

Megan Burns

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