In the Studio
I love male inspired womenswear. This has probably stemmed from the fact that I am surrounded by so much men's clothing on a daily basis. I love to mix and match quite masculine styles with feminine touches. The look below is one that I wear in the studio quite often.
The Nigel Cabourn linen farm pant I'm wearing was originally designed as a men's pant, that was sized down twice to make it more suitable for a woman's shape. With adapted features like the cinch belt on the back it creates a more feminine silhouette on the waist while still maintaining an over all masculine / relaxed fit on the leg.
The pants are made in loomstate linen. This means they are straight off the loom, without going through any process after. What I like about loomstate is that it gives a cruder finish, and less of a soft finish to the fabric, making it look more workwear. The pants were made in British factory Cookson & Clegg and the breathable linen means they can be worn on muggy summer days without feeling too hot.
The pants also feature beautiful vintage metal brace buttons. Braces are not for everyone, and at first I wasn't sure on them for myself. However, since getting on board with wearing them, I love not only how they look but practically they are great, especially If you're wearing men's pants which are a bit too big.
On my top half I have a small Comme des Garçons t shirt along with Japanese cotton oxford shirt from Nigel Cabourn's Mainline collection, tucked in and unbuttoned down the front.
One of my favourite ways to finish off an outfit, (and make it look more feminine) is adding a neck scarf. The red one I'm wearing I picked up at Jantiques vintage store in Tokyo, Japan. They are normally quite reasonably priced, and very easy to come across in most vintage stores. This is just a cotton one, but I have collected some silk ones too and they are always a cool touch to finish off an outfit.
My brogues are by Grenson. The pair I have on are called the 'Emily.' Beautifully crafted with a goodyear welt and a chunky white vibram platform sole, these are a dream to wear. They started life as dark indigo colour yet with more wear a lighter blue is starting to come through on the toe which I really like.
Not pictured originally is the matching 'Kitchener Jacket' that goes with the Farm Pant. Again, made in the same loomstate linen, this jacket dresses up the entire look and can be worn as a relaxed suit. I tend not to wear the two together that much, but I love the shape of it, and the details such as the beautifully crafted horn buttons, which make it quite a special piece.