If last week was about embracing my masculine side with the 1920s “tomboy” trend known as La Garçonne, this week is about going girlie on the guy look.
Below is a photo of a woman who would fit right in to Coco Chanel’s La Garçonne era. Isn’t she gorgeous? I thought about recreating this look for my blog, but then I realized the only time I would ever wear that whole outfit would be for the photo shoot. That makes it a costume and my goal is to take real iconic elements and style them in a way that makes sense for today.
Let me be clear — If you look at the woman on the left and you love what she’s wearing and you completely reconstruct her look for daily wear, by all means, do it! Please send me a photo of it because I will cheer you on and think you’re the coolest kid on the block. I’m serious.
For me, though, it’s not practical to dress this way. I adore it–it’s just not a look I could pull off. Still, I liked the outfit so much that I decided to girl it up a bit and make it my own.
How I “Girled-Up” La Garçonne
As you can see, I kept the newsboy hat. And, yes, I do wear it on a regular basis. Thanks to the bill on it, the sun stays out of my eyes and the style is just a little dressier than a baseball cap. It comes in handy for bad hair days too.
Instead of a sweater vest, I pulled on a favorite thrifted sweater dress over a long-sleeve collarless shirt. For those of you seeking your own fashion inspiration, I want to point out that this dress is a shift dress and not entirely unstructured like what they might have worn in the Twenties. It has a seam at my natural waist that cinches in a bit, providing some shape, which I like. If you’re like me and you have issues with lower belly bulges, a dress like this is nice because the bottom half is a little looser than the waist, giving shape in one area while camouflaging the other. (Control-top hose or Spanx help, too!)
Instead of a bowtie, I pinned a diamond-shaped brooch to the dress. The brooch belonged to my grandmother. I think it makes a pretty bowtie substitute, don’t you?
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the lady on the bike is likely wearing trousers that are banded just below her knees with tights that cover her leg below that. As a petite, such hemlines are best ended above my knees to keep the visual line of my legs longer. The better to see my fun purple tights, I say! They go with my brooch and make me happy.
Given the style of outfit worn by our Garçonne, she probably has on oxford shoes, which are also known as brogues. My vintage Stuart Weitzman heels aren’t exactly subs for that style, but their gray wool is quite masculine and perfectly matches the texture and color of my dress. The little band and buckle across the toe box also add masculinity to the shoe.
Now this is a look I can wear. In fact, I did and I have. I have even worn it to walk the dog, although I switched the shoes out for knee-high boots. My pup is known for racing through mud and marshy grasses to chase down a particular smell, especially if I’m wearing nice shoes, so I never leave anything to chance. Plus, who wants to walk the dog in three-inch heels?
If all that wasn’t enough to girl-up this look, I opened a fresh box of Girl Scout Cookies; Samoas because the box matches my outfit. (grin) Seriously, though, I have a box in every flavor and I can never decide which is my favorite. Why wouldn’t I choose one that sets off my look?
Shop this Look:
Goorin Bros. Newsboy “Ari” Cap | J.Crew Factory Long-Sleeve Popover Top, old: Similar here, here, and on Thredup.com in Size P | Wool Eileen Fisher Shift Dress, thrifted: Similar here, here, or exact on eBay in Size PS | Diamond-Shaped Brooch, my grandmother’s: Lots on eBay | HUE Purple Tights, old: Similar here and here | Stuart Weitzman Heels, old: Similar here and here | Vince Camuto Satchel Shoulder Bag