The Mens Wear Collection

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Have you been wondering where I’ve been? I have been hiding away from blogging for a week due to illness, and in general being super busy with my job. Today, I am going to bring you the brand new topic of “The Menswear Collection” in my break down of trends that have died away but are cool now. I recently went thrifting in the men’s side of things, and have really looked at men’s clothing more often than women’s to be honest. They are more interesting sometimes. It has been more of a fun print thing for me recently, and men are always wearing ridiculous button ups, flannels, and bow ties – so why couldn’t women wear that kinda of stuff? I pulled together some prime examples of the way men’s clothing are used today (I.E. the men’s flannel shirt used as a dress, so DIY babes do it). Of course I just had to throw Carrie in there because I once heard Pat Fields describe wearing menswear as very sexy (ie. why women started wearing the “boyfriend jeans” and why Gap made them in every color).

In today’s society, I feel there are no gender switching roles between men and women. Women want to be equally treated as men and put into power positions just the same (i.e. the recent twitter debate about there are no women who sit on the twitter board of directors). So why are we bringing this up? Well geez, if Dennis Rodman can wear ladies clothing , so can I. Women want again to be treated as equals to men, so why are the gender clothes switching recently in fashion today? Is it because we want that equality. For me personally, I saw this as an opportunity as an oh hey an ugly dress, i can make look awesome moment. For most women the menswear line is big and drapy as some larger ladies. Like for me, I like it high waited and some menswear really does provide that stability that in “over-sizing” we want. To throw that in with underwear too, we women thought it was very sexy to have “the boy-short” created for us because we felt sexier in our boys underpants then those thongs we owned.

Women wanted to have something they could feel comfortable in and move about in, so as you find yourself stealing your boyfriends FDNY t-shirt, Ill be rocking my 5x mens shirt as a dress. Only because I felt that I don’t need to shop either side. Sometimes it’s fun for a woman to switch clothing genders! Switch it up!

Wearing: Thrifted XXXL Mens Shirt /Leggings: Kmart // Shoes: vintage sperrys //Bag Louis Vuitton [Vintage Alma]/ Lipstick: “Grace” c/o Jouer costmetics

 

 

xox have a fabulous Man-Ful week

alex

Recap: Chicago Edition

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IMG_0868images courtesy of Gretchen B Photography

{ Sweater : Vintage Skirt: Vintage Bag: Thifted: Necklace Key Necklace Juicy Couture (40% of all full-priced sale jewelry), A necklace- Thrifted, shoes: vintage, bag:vintage. scarf : coach , Headscarf: vintage}

Well by now, If you have followed me on Instagram you’d would have known i spent my weekend in Chicago IL. I arrived Friday afternoon only to meet with my designer friend Ashley Drapes (who you before saw me style in earlier post which you may be-wanting to buy DRAPES and NOW), i have a new piece from Drapes i cant wait to wear. This weekend was just nuts, i spent more time running around that city than anything (if you know i used to live there). I was mostly there to attend a concert and see friends (which partly didn’t happen due to schedules and time conflicts) However, i did attend a fabulous Midwest Style bloggers brunch on Saturday morning held at QUAY . I was nervous not knowing what to expect because i myself am relatively new at blogging.  However, i did learn a lot from seasoned veterans in the game, that you blog what you love, and what I’m Loving, everything (bedazzled ahem that sweater I’m wearing). I went with an open mind and to represent Iowa as my state (which there were a few others there from out-of-town). Here are 5 things i learned.

  1. Always be yourself, do what you know, blog what you love. Dont be afraid to be who you are (being plus -sized or not)
  2. Hard work does pay off.
  3. Networking and Bouncing ideas off each other, helps epically when your very new
  4. Its OK to live on a small budget (for me that’s where my passion streams out from)
  5. Everyone has there own style, you just need to find out how to work with yours.

See, the event payed off more ways than one, plus i got to meet a lot of fabulous women, and eat some delicious food from Quay (might i mention that the space is like the best Chicago had to offer? I mean lets talk about swanky to a T) below i will share some fun images from my trip including my swag from the awesome gift bags that were provided from the brunch. Also, i made a rather special buy at Louis Vuitton (i told myself only one time and as a result I’ve made a commitment not to shop for 2 moths to be financially responsible, who am i turning into my dad?) I had a fabulous time in Chicago, a huge thank you to the sponsors of my fabulous time at the #MSBBRUNCHI

12A Huge thank you to the sponsors of the event Quay Chicago, Langford Market (which i did take a visit to and the staff was very helpful and Loads of fun dresses i picked up some cute jewelry and i love it!) Berco’s Popcorn (Chicago’s most delicious popcorn way better than garrets) , Tieks, Vita Coco, Thyme Is Honey (ps i won a fabulous organizational pad i love), The Gem Lush, two rubbies, Comfort Me (which was SUPER amazing to visit the girl helping me was very nice and invited me back next time i visit Chicago) , Pretty Quick,  Nicole by Opi, Jouer Cosmetics (which i LOVE my new grace color!)  Red Apple Lipstick , Bloomingdales.

*note i have not been compensated for mentioning anything in this post, this is just for the love of these brands who showed me love*

collage with that, i remain till tomorrow.

xo

styledintheheartland