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A tip of the hat to menswear

Updated: 2013-03-03T03:20:44Z

By CARLA CORBAN KATH

Special to The Star

Borrow your style from the boys this spring. Looks for women inspired by menswear are back in vogue.

“I like to make masculine look feminine,” said Lindsey Kupper, a budget fashion blogger ( jujoustyle.com) from Kansas City who buys most of the pieces in her wardrobe for $20 or less at local thrift stores. “The sophisticated look of menswear can work for women day or night.”

Kupper said menswear-inspired hats are a good starting point for women who are hesitant about dressing like a man. She also recommends pairing typical men’s pieces, such as suspenders, with something more ladylike like a soft skirt or sweet print.

Designers such as Yves Saint Laurent have long been known for their androgynous approach to female fashions. The Saint Laurent ready-to-wear collection for spring 2013 was no exception as pleated trousers, button-down blouses, neat blazers and a slew of hats were featured on the runway.

This tomboy look for spring should help ease the transition from fall and winter because many pieces, such as a good blazer, should already be a current wardrobe staple, Kupper said.

Style it: Wearing tailored, masculine looks from head-to-toe might be overkill for someone short, Kupper said. She suggests picking only one masculine piece per look to mix with other feminine pieces.

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