After a week of feminine prettiness in skirts and heels, my yang is totally out of alignment with my yin. What better way to get it all back in harmony than with a week of menswear inspired fashion?
Annie Hall is a bit before my time, but I’m very much aware of Diane Keaton’s famous aesthetic. It’s similar to Kate Hepburn’s (another one of my style icons), with trousers, collared shirts and blazers being pretty much de rigueur when emulating this style. I used to sport this look almost exclusively about five years or so ago, back when I still carried my post-pregnancy belly and had no interest/plans to lose it.
Then came a bout of portion controlling and inadvertent lifestyle changing, and I dropped two dress sizes, rediscovering the fun of dressing a newly-svelte bod. Out went my oversized and relaxed wardrobe, and in came skinny jeans and bodycon pencil skirts. I reveled in being a girl to the nth degree which meant my Docs and ties gathered dust in the depths of my closet.
Recently, though, I feel my 40+ body rebelling against the strain. It’s work being a girl, I’ve found. The heels notwithstanding, there’s the confining foundations to keep the silhouette sleek, the unrelenting sucking in so I feel like I’m in constant standing plank position all day, the ladylike crossing of the legs to make sure my privates are kept private, the perfect posture to keep from wrinkling.
Sigh. Sometimes, a gal just wants to let it all go. I want to slouch and slump and sit crisscross applesauce. I want to hide my belly under multiple layers. I want to be able to literally kick my feet up during SSR. So I’m resuscitating my collared shirts and trousers; I’m dusting off my Docs and ties. And I’m gonna channel my inner dude for four glorious days.
Now Visible Monday is on its off week, which is actually perfect because it coincides with the MLK holiday. I’m spending my break in sweats and a tee, so no OOTD today. Rather, how about a series of collages and images fresh from Pinterest to inspire you? Perhaps you’ll want to join me this week with menswear-esque outfits of your own.
Welcome to An Ode to Kate and Keaton week.