FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT: Danielle Wheeler

We have all been trying to perfect the menswear trend for over a year now, and it looks like the masculine-inspired style is here to stay. Celebrities are embracing the trend and we've seen everything from a classic, form fitting suit done by Jennifer Aniston to the simple and slouchy boyfriend jean brought back by Katie Holmes. But you don’t have to be married to Tom Cruise to take on the menswear challenge. Fashionistas across the country are on the hunt for masculine pieces to add to their wardrobe and are even raiding their boyfriends’ closets to do so. The menswear trend shouldn’t be hard to tackle; it's meant to seem effortless. This Fashionista caught my eye as she walked through campus with her boyfriend in a simple menswear-inspired ensemble that could have easily come right out of his closet.

Name: Danielle Wheller

Year: Graduate Student

Major: Poetry

CollegeFashionista: Tell me about your outfit today.

Danielle Wheeler: Well, I just got these shorts thrift shopping and this shirt is my brother’s. He is twenty and he grew out of a bunch of his shirts and I took them. I like to bring touches of menswear into my wardrobe.

CF: How would you explain your signature style?

DW: I always turn to staples in my closet that fit well and are made up of natural fibers that won’t wrinkle. I also have a lot of blue and I love jean cut-offs.

CF: What are you looking forward to wearing this summer?

DW: I am wearing a lot of '60s-inspired short dresses and sunglasses.

CF: Who is your style icon?

DW: I would say Charlotte Gainsbourg. She is a French actress and is known for her simple style.

How To: It shouldn’t take much effort to perfect the menswear trend. In fact, the point of the trend is to dress like men, who often roll out of bed and throw on the first thing they see in their closet. However, menswear-inspired pieces like the boyfriend jean and the blazer are often loose fitting, something that many women tend to steer clear of. The best way to achieve the trend without looking sloppy is to pick one menswear piece, like Danielle’s oxford shirt and pair it with something more form fitting, like her tight denim cut-offs. If you choose to go with a blazer, pair it with a skinny jean or a bandage skirt to even out the masculinity on top.
 

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