ACCESSORIES REPORT: From Geek to Chic

While the Man Repeller emulated a neutral, prep school style getup à la Pee-wee Herman when presenting one of fall’s greatest trends, this Fashionista takes menswear inspired apparel from geek to chic. Whether you decide to grab your bowtie or oversized button-down, the idea of femme fatale fashion has become en vogue.

Although thick frames were once an accessory only sported by Steve Urkel, they soon transcended to hipsters as an ironic way to wear glasses without a prescription, and have finally now taken the fashion scene by storm. Whether a vintage revival from the ‘80s or ‘90s, or a new wave pair from hip stores like Urban Outfitters, bold glasses have become all the rage. It seemed that in order to be taken seriously in the world of fashion, icons from Kirsten Dunst to Ashley Olsen have chosen to take these bulky glasses mainstream. Prescription or not, this Fashionista rocks a black pair of frames from Urban Outfitters, adding a preppy yet androgynous edge to her look. 

Turning nerdy to trendy, this Fashionista tucks a simplistic, white button-down into a pair of navy Aqua shorts, accessorizing the ensemble with her pair of glasses and a subtle brown belt. Finalizing her look, she tops off her outfit with an H&M blazer in a light neutral hue; adding a blazer is the best way to layer and achieve a menswear inspired look while still maintaining a womanly figure.

Although penny loafers and oxfords have become conventional in terms of menswear-inspired shoes, this Fashionista opted for a more feminine appearance by dressing up her outfit with Vince Camuto nude patent kitten heels; by adding more elegant footwear to a neutral outfit she affixes an element of sophistication.

Spotted: Whether borrowing your boyfriend’s blazer or capturing your cutie’s comfortable sweatshirt, the fall 2011 runways have exploded with a serious revival of tuxedo admiration. Runway shows of Balmain, Jason Wu and Michael Kors all incorporated a mixture of structured blazers, front-pleated trousers and a variety of bowties, boxy clutches and chokers. So, dare to be different and grab your side satchels or suspenders to aim for this comfortable, casual and completely chic look.

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