The concept that ‘men are from mars, women are from venus’ rings no truer than in our polar views on fashion. While women dabble in trends in the name of being ‘au courant’ to the applause of their female company, men shudder at the ponchos, platform wedges and sci-fi shoulder pads.
Though the majority of women in the blogosphere could care less about pleasing their other half when it comes to their closet, it would be fun to see what the stylish men on Chictopia have to say about womenswear and their favorite female Chictopians. Here we ask three Chictopian male bloggers including Justin of Oh, Munrowe, Ricardo of The Style Inquisitor and Daniel of Iris and Daniel.
1. Sartorially speaking, what do you notice first about the opposite sex?
Justin: My eye initially jumps to a women’s shoe choice. It’s so inspiring to see a woman who uses her footwear as the initial statement piece and see how everything else complements the bottom of her style pyramid. The foundation is the most important aspect to consider. If your shoes aren’t up to code, it’s likely neither will the rest of the outfit.
Ricardo: I think attitude is incredibly important. I think I can tell when someone seems truly comfortable in what they’re wearing and when they appear awkward or out of place. A woman that has that sort of effortless and blasé attitude (but is not arrogant!) is very appealing.
Daniel: Probably silhouette? It sounds strange but that’s something I notice in all fashion the most. The second sartorial standout to me would be probably be their shoes.
2. What clothes do you find most attractive on a woman?
Justin: When a woman can dress for her body type, she becomes so much more than a feminine energy. Biologically, a woman has a slimmer waist compared to men; this is obvious knowledge. When a woman accentuates that natural waist with a pleated knee-length skirt and slim belt… recipe for success!
Ricardo: I think a chunky slouchy knit of high-quality looks incredibly beautiful on a woman if worn with the right attitude and the right pairings. Think Isabel Marant Etoile. Skinny jeans, bold and edgy boots (like Theory or Balenciaga; I think regular stilettos are boring and overrated), and sleek accessories also make women more elusive and mysteriously beautiful.
Daniel: Probably something that looks really effortless but a little bit dramatic, like a long gown/skirt and a t-shirt. Jil Sander SS10 all the way! Either that or school uniform clothes because collars are everyone’s best friend.
3. What is one trend in womenswear that you wish would disappear?
Justin: One trend that is thankfully on the up and out is what I like to call the ’Mary-Kate Olsen circa 2010". The juxtaposition of a chunky, cartoonishly-oversized top with minimal bottoms looks ridiculous.
Ricardo: Jeffrey Campbell Litas has become a little too ubiquitous for my taste within the blogosphere, and the Céline tote has been severely overplayed.
Daniel: I wish the bodycon/bandage dress trend would disappear, haha. It doesn’t ever really look cool or modern on anybody. Is it just me or does nobody really look comfortable in a Herve Leger dress?
4. Is there a component of womenswear you wish men could translate into their own wardrobes?
Justin: Women have a infinitely wider range of choices in clothing styles and trends. In specific, women’s shoe options lie in a realm beyond footwear. Designers like Jeffrey Campbell, Walter Steiger and Miu Miu are creating shoes that can truly be considered works of art. If men could wear Miu Miu Glitter Booties without looking overtly feminine, I would own the full collection!
Ricardo: Bags. Although many men (myself included) already sport bags, most of us are still not very comfortable with opting for more edgy, high-fashion, or what anyone else would call “feminine” bags, like say the ubiquitous Céline bag or the Alexander Wang Rocco. We just tend to resort to briefcases or messenger bags.
Daniel: Menswear needs variety! Women get so many choices for different shapes and styles to try even in their basics. Also, I obviously dig skirts, tights, and platform footwear. I love womenswear take on androgyny and menswear definitely needs to be more open to that.
5. One last question- is there any particular Chictopia female blogger whose style you love?
Justin: Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage and Kristina Bazan of Kayture are among my favorites. Both ladies have a solid grasp on how to wow with neon and shine with enough glitz to get through the day. My inspiration comes from all over but these two ladies give me a creative boost that I have now found is completely necessary
Ricardo: Barkatt. I adore Barbro Andersen. I met her at New York Fashion Week and her style is out of this world.
Daniel: LadyMoriarty’s style is amazing. Her style is the epitome of Parisian chic and I love her mix of deep, rich colors in all her outfits! She’s always got that perfect balance; masculine basics like effortless coats and blazers mixed with soft textured shirts and skirts.