Girls Will Be Boys

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Italian Vogue

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Oh I’ve had so much fun with this post! It’s been one of my favourites.  The sumptuous menswear influence in women’s fashion this Fall has inspired me to pull out all my tailored pieces, vintage waistcoats, manly trousers and brogues. I’m not really a ‘suit’ girl but I’m definitely feeling my inner Kate Hepburn/David Bowie this season. I haven’t quite decided if I’m going “Philadelphia Story” or “Thin White Duke” but  what I do know is that Husband’s closet will be raided.  The good news is he couldn’t care less. He’s always loved me in this look and I don’t think he’s alone there-I think many men find women dressed in masculine attire to be very attractive-How many “Esquire” shots of women in men’s white shirts (and nothing else) have we seen over the years?!

We’ve always ‘stolen from the boys’.  Guess it’s probably because we don’t have quite enough variety in women’s fashion :)

 Think Lauren Hutton, Bianca Jagger in her wedding suit, Garbo, Diane Keaton…the list is endless.   The bad news is; my husband’s closet is, to put it mildly, a rather barren territory. Sherpas living on Everest have bigger personal closets than my husband.  So Tom Ford he ain’t, but what he does have, God bless him, I’m more than welcome to filch.

Sons…ahhh, not so much.  Although basket ball shorts and Comicon t-shirts could possibly work with my new Stella McCartney white jacket if say Daphne Guinness or Carine Roitfeld were stopping by to help me accessorize, but somehow I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

I would pay to see Daphne  coming up my gravel driveway in those shoes though.

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A little music for your stroll from The Thin White Duke,  pre-TWDuke  & from one of my 10 favourite albums ever

“Hunky Dory”


Double click to play

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Slim Paley photo

A little tableau of some of my finds, including a long skirt I had made for me of vintage ties. It’s fun with big chunky sweaters and riding boots.

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Italian Vogue

Dior watch

I have a silver fob  which I’m going to polish up and start using again- perhaps I’ll attach my pedometer to it-a sure way to stop it from getting thrown into the washing machine methinks.

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Tom Ford

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Marlene Dietrich

A veritable pioneer of poaching from the men’s department

Speaking of, definitely do check out the men’s/boys department of your favourite department stores.  You can find a ton of stuff there and usually for considerably lower prices than the women’s section.

New York , Paris & London are particularly good for cross over shopping.

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Divine!

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A newsboy cap from Paul Smith, a “Tuxedo” shirt from “Pink”, super fine wool & silk men’s cut trousers from  Golden Goose, vintage scarf

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Prada shoes

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Oversized jacket somehow looking ridiculously good

I wish I knew who made it…

and those boots.

The model? She can just keep on walking.

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The Row

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The Row

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Dolce & Gabbana eyewear

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Via Elle Mexico

And may she never move to this country.

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Rich leather & grey flannel brogues by Angela Scott

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I had the pleasure of meeting the shoe designer  Angela Scott just last week- I just thought her look was adorable.

Angela attributes both her own personal style and the quality and workmanship that goes into the crafting of her shoes to her grandfather.

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The Row

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Slim Paley photo

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Invest in a great man’s hat or two

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Haider Ackermann Spring 2012

Loving Haider Ack., I must say.

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..No belt, but plenty of other fun things going on

Get those higher waisted jeans out girlfriends!

She’s got a Jethro belt and she’s not one bit happy about it.

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Slim Paley in the 80's

Look who was copying the boys waaay back when  (I think I was 18??!)

Could have used some Moroccan Oil in my hair even then!

Nostalgia…it’s a beautiful thing :)

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Slim Paley photo of Angela Scott’s “Mr Smith” oxfords

“It was Mr. Smith, a distinguished gentleman, who won me over that day. With every bit of class and dignity that one would expect to see in a man on the streets of London. From the horn rimmed glasses to his perfectly polished bespoke oxfords. I was in love with his sophisticated style. The striped oxford is my ode to Mr. Smith and the reflection of grace that I saw shining through the cordovan leather tips of his gorgeous oxfords.” Angela Scott

Dolce & Gabbana

-Play around with cuff & sleeve lengths

-Borrow your partner’s cufflinks

-Wear your watch on the outside of your cuff

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The Row

Love the evening slipper with no sock look

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Jane Birkin on looking sexy without being overdone said;

“I say, wear men’s clothes and smile. Old stuff is grand, especially men’s trousers. I wish I could find the corduroys (the actor) John Wood gave me. I feel very sexy when I’m wearing those.”  (via British Vogue)

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PS. Jane Birkin auctioned off her LAST Birkin bag for $163,000 to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross.

Now that’s sexy!

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Ways to soften your “Dude-iness”

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-Keep your tie loose

(think Don Draper after 3 Manhattans)

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-Structured clothes- soften the hair

-Wear a little blush ( channeling my mother “Would it kill you to put on a little blush ?!”)

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-Keep it slouchy

(although honestly, these pants look like they could be coming or going, don’t they?)

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Kate.

Of course she does it perfectly.

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Stella McCartney jacket

-Pin a corsage

or pop a beautiful silk poof in your pocket

-Roll your sleeves up, especially for day

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Alexander McQueen  “Le Smoking”

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-A soft white t-shirt will help keep you comfortable under a structured jacket.

Don’t be a stiff!

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-A touch of lace says “Hey- you still need to open the door for me”!

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-Suspenders can be cute (if you’re still relatively young, or conversely, very old (just not in the middle) & not too well gifted in the chestal area)

-try adding  tie-pins or nice blingy brooches or both along your suspenders.

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-Take a note from Older Son (or as we fondly call him “Mr. N.Y.”) and don’t wear socks OR laces with your brogues- OK, now you’re very cool too!

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Have fun with your accessories!

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Via Italian Vogue

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But most of all…

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Just have FUN!

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Will you be raiding Sir’s closet or do you prefer to linger on the lacy side of life?

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@#$%^&* moths

My grey trousers

Smack dab where they can’t be repaired too.

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49 thoughts on “Girls Will Be Boys

  1. Great MUSIC! Great ideas for FALL…and you know me for what 30 years…..:??? totally MOI! Thank -you !!!

  2. I just did a post about this look…love it and feel very comfortable (as a woman) in slightly masculine-bent attire. I love the boys’ department. Very fun, thanks as always for a moment of entertainment!
    Karen

  3. I love the look…too old and too endowed to wear it though. Lace works better for me. However, I love the dog.
    Best…Victoria

  4. Oh my separated at birth sister. How I miss you! Love the personal shot and of course bowie. omg he was in my dream last night, again….

  5. you are hysterical….love your blog!!! i was shopping my closet this fall and now I will shop my husbands. I have been saving his silk ties for years to make quilts for our sons, himmmm..maybe just a few for a skirt or a vest! keep up your smiling blog…..Susan

  6. One of your best entries. I love a little masuline styling. Tomorrow I will be mostly wearing one of my men’s suit and a tie. Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. I am new to the SB area, and have enjoyed your blog very much. I have a Max Mara cashmere coat that the moths fell in LOVE with, and so I had contacted MM in BH. They recommended “The Knitwear Doctor” 1 949 650 1025 http://www.knitweardoctor.com . Perhaps they could help with your trousers?

  8. This has always been my best look as well and the reason I have loved Ralph Lauren all these years.

    P.S. You still look 18.

  9. Dear Slim,
    Love this! and your blog in general is always a highlight of my (cyber) week. This post inspires me, as a mens shoe designer, to try my hand at girls-will-be-boys boots next fall!
    Yours,
    Adam Derrick

  10. Dear Slim, Great post! The music perfectly orchestrates the women striding confidently in their brogues and boots. Your photo is gorgeous and you still don’t look a day over fabulous! Love to you and yours, Ruth

  11. Well done! So happy to see all of the great ideas. Just bought (a month ago) suede oxfords in black and brown combo… can not wait to wear them and my all time favorite go to for black tie a major investment is a Georgio Armani Tux! Believe me It is one investment that has paid me back. Loved every single photo except the pants that looked like Home Boy pants the (coming or going) pair. Thanks very inspiring and tons of fun!!!

    Pam

  12. I adore wearing clothes for men. Pendleton and Oxford shirts–always Brooks Brother’s, which were much more comfy than the one’s that were made for gals. I swiped my brother’s and Dad’s. I love loose trousers. I’ve always worn a ‘butch’ watch, and my taste in shoes has always run a bit butchy. I wore my Grandmother’s brogues in high school. Love the post, and your circa ’81 Annie Hall pose.

  13. Ooooh. Painful to be Downunder where it is Spring, and not have access to my closet of discarded husband’s stuff…(discarded stuff not husband!) I always dress that way in the Fall/winter but find it harder to do with less layers….thoughts?
    Off to see The Queen! She’s doing a walk-about in Melbourne this morning.
    My first memory as a little Canadian girl was watching her coronation on a tiny TV and then walking balancing a book on my head to simulate the crown!
    Figure I’ll get pics of the back of the crowd at least to post to the folks back home.
    And thanks again so much for you blog support…it’s been so gratifying……and frustrating…..
    Love your eye…yet again!

  14. You can get a tailor to reweave those for you. I do it all the time, and only you will know there was a hole!

    Love reading your blog. First comment…sorry so mundane, but I thought you’d want to know asap before you toss them!

  15. Love this post, all the photos are super cool as is the song and of course your wit gets me every time!

    That photo of you is pretty funny:)

  16. Dear S.P.,
    Have to respectfully, disagree. Brogues, at any age, make your feet look bigger. Wear everything else, but put on some sort of heel, for goodness sake!

    L.P.

  17. Love this post! And I learned the term “waistcoat” literally two days ago!

    Love the modeling pics! Your hair almost looks like it could be the fur collar on the coat, kind of? Yes? No? Either way, you look fab!

  18. There is a miracle worker re-weaver in Pasadena on Colorado Blvd. Save your trousers…I wore a few times rewoven cashmere sweater yesterday and have a fav pair of black trousers re-woven a few times…ya never know.

  19. Since I am an “old fogee(sp?)” I love the smell of lavender moth balls which I buy by the box full for my wardrobes. I am a lover of wool(think Obermeyer, Dale of Norway, Geiger) so have to protect them and do!! I also love men’s striped long sleeve tee shirts and wear them for night gowns-think XLG and I am a size 4. Being small I have always looked best in tailored items so have always loved the menswear look. A great post as always!!!

  20. nothing sexier than a fitted yet double breasted tuxedo with only a lace bustier/lace camisole/lace push-up underneath. NO ONE did it better than Bianca Jagger. Although, I gave it a good shot in the late 70s. That said…NOW, it’s all about that long, loose french cuff falling over the top of your hand without the cufflink. Great post, Slim!

  21. How funny . . . I’ve been wearing men’s clothes the last two days, simply because my honey’s out of town for the week and I miss him terribly. Yesterday, a CK button down – today, a blue fisherman’s sweater. So cozy.

  22. I was, momentarily, very jealous that Mr. Slim had clothes to raid…alas, I have the same situation here. Nothing to raid but Tommy Bahama, a few Henleys and a whole lotta
    T-shirts. I LOVE the Row outfit with the white hat and the white suits…
    Another of your “Slim-differance” posts!

  23. As I was Tumbling along last night I noticed this trend. Actually now that I think of it I was loving more of the Fall fashions than usual. Explains why I have always loved Diane Keaton’s attire.
    Oh gosh, and to think I was having another one of those “late to the ball” dreams last night! I should have ditched the chiffon and gone after his tux!
    Another great post Slim.
    xo Lisa

  24. Oh Slim, wonderful post! I feel your pain and anger about the moths. We have a huge cedar closet, so I thought I was safe, but youngest daughter “borrowed” a favorite soft grey cashmere and on its return, it was Swiss cheese. I washed and the holes multiplied! My husband said, just get it out of the house, it’s gone. I was so sad, but I’m sure youngest looked smashing when she wore it!

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  26. I know I have said it many, many times but this is your best. I truly LOVE this post, every single pic. Love slouchy jackets, white shirts, just the total look. Adorable shot of you. and oh yes love those shoes. It was literally a fashion show pour Moi. xo

    • ha ha! Yes, you DO always say that BBB, but I love that you do :)
      Only sorry I couldn’t serve you champagne and canapes at your little ‘personal fashion show’!

  27. what is it about men’s shirts?

    like you I love the thick gold chain bracelets, remember those bracelets with the large coin dangling down? gorgeous

    as always fab post

  28. I just saw that photo of you at 18 on Angela Scott’s web site with the words beneath: “it started here.” ???

  29. you can keep your kate… i think sp does it perfectly.
    i’ve always loved lauren hutton and diane keaton too.
    gorgeous post!
    cheers to being feminine in man style!
    tammy j

  30. What on earth? I have heard of your blog, seen your witty comments elsewhere–so why exactly did it take a link from French Essence to get me over here? Sign me up sister because your blog is amazing!

  31. I don’t read a lot of blogs but love yours and tell all my friends to read it. This is one of my
    favorites so far. I met Angela Scott last week in Monticito as well and purchased the black
    lace-ups. Was fun to meet her and learn she has become a fellow Texan. She is very
    talented and I hope to see her in Barneys and Forty-Five Ten soon.

    Love your humor in the blogs.

    Pam Pierce

  32. If you’re in NYC before January 7th, FIT has a lovely free exhibit in their museum featuring Daphne Guinness — her accessorizing was my favorite part of her ensembles.

  33. My favorite look…very upscale Annie Hall..B U T 10 lbs. less would make it work for me…
    thank you, Slim…You are a favorite.

  34. Oh, this was a fun one Slim! I’ve always had a thing for men’s shoes and not sure why. Your post helped me understand. I love borrowing form the boys and always have. With 2 older brothers i could always steal from their closet as a kid but sometimes had to pay the price (when they found a shirt missing). I was worried I was liking too butchy a look although I am definitely hetero. So thanks for the inspiration! I will borrow some shirts from my man and wear my oxfords…I love your picture too. You look adorable!

  35. Hey Slim,
    What’s the difference between brogues and oxfords???
    Thanks.
    PS. Loved the camel jacket.

    • To my mind, I always think of the plain lace up as being an “Oxford” and the kind that have a fringed flap, punctured design and or wing tip detail as being “Brogues”
      Don’t take that to the bank though…

  36. Help Your Husband Create a New Look. He’s too major a presence not to have a distinctive, suitably sartorial look. filchable

    ” The bad news is; my husband’s closet is, to put it mildly, a rather barren territory. Sherpas living on Everest have bigger personal closets than my husband. So Tom Ford he ain’t, but what he does have, God bless him, I’m more than welcome to filch”.

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