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Casual in his button down, shorts and loafers

Afternoon late lunch with the hubs at our favorite seafood place in Columbus, Ohio – The Columbus Fish Market.  I was in a be comfortable mood but not as casual as denim and a tee so I put on these Bermuda shorts and a mans white button down with some white patent leather loafers.  Besides this thing I have for pockets in everything 😉 I love white button downs and let me tell you, you can get a sharp name brand shirt in the men’s department at Marshall’s or TJMaxx for less than what you would pay for a woman’s button down at almost any store.  Case in point, I got this crisp white shirt for $14.99!

By the way, we had mussels and ginger crusted salmon for our lunch with salads and a key lime pie for dessert.  Yumminess!

 

Until next time ♥

 

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Shirt – Men’s department at Marshall’s Van Heusen

Shorts – Banana Republic here , here or similar here

Shoes – Cole Haan old pair mine try here

Purse – Old crossbody of mine from Fossil

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Tunic Dress and Floppy Hat

Went out shopping today at my favorite local mall – Easton  Town Center – and hit up the place where I just happened to buy this chambray dress a couple of years ago.  This pullover tunic dress has camp shirt sleeves but I prefer wearing it unbuttoned and 3/4 length.  This is a versatile dress because besides having pockets, and you know how I am about pockets, it can be worn as a dress or as a tunic over leggings or pants.  And it is floppy hat season.  This one protects my face and back of neck from the hot sun and packs well.

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Until next time ♥

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Dress – Old mine by Cloth and Stone from Anthropologie   You can find similar at Marshals or here

Hat – J Crew similar here and here

Tote – Old mine from Cole Haan similar here and here

Shoes – Old mine Stuart Weitzman similar here and here

Lipstick is Huggable Lipcolor Glamorized from MAC

Nail polish is The I’s Have It Alice in Wonderland Collection OPI

 

 

Oversized sweater look

The look of the day for today is all about being comfortable and warm with an over-sized sweater and corduroy skinny jeans!  Warm, comfy, casual and chic – what’s not to love?

Oversized sweater and cami from NY&Co.

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Purse from Cole Haan

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Corduroy skinny jeans from JCrew – Similar ones here

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Belle Sigerson Morrison suede booties from Saks – similar ones here

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Shoe Moments – Menswear Trend

Women have been wearing certain articles of men’s clothing since…well, a very very long time now!  What first comes to my mind is Marlene Dietrich in that tailored to fit her figure tuxedo in the movie Morocco circa 1928.  And of course there was Katherine Hepburn who was most often seen – when not filming – wearing trousers.  So you see, the menswear trend is nothing new it comes and goes like many other fashion trends.

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But this isn’t about women in the menswear clothing trend (although I do love a mans white shirt and some boyfriend jeans) this is about the trend in shoes.  Maybe I’m just a bit tardy to the party, but this year the trend seems to have exploded into full out what has been traditional men’s shoes for women.  And I’m not talking about wearing a pair of Converse or Vans sneakers either.   The styles have gone from being “prettied up” versions of  his shoes to “Hey! I think my boyfriend/husband/dad/brother/uncle/grandfather has a pair just like this!”

Photo taken @Saks 10022 Shoe

These remind me of jazz class dancing shoes.

Alisa Oxford currently on sale @Cole Haan for $89.95

Some of the more feminine menswear shoes I can see like the Alisa there.  They are comfy to wear and look great with jeans and slacks but there are some that have just gone too into “his closet” for my tastes.  If you love them and want them by all means go forth and strut your stuff.  I think they look great on a younger edgier crowd but as for me and my shoe closet – we can’t do some of these.

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Alexander Wang @Saks. This so reminds me of the early Beatles but check out the cut out heel on these.

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Cute Valentino but not quite my cup of tea.

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See what I mean by some shoes being almost indistinguishable from your guys shoes.

Don’t think I am bashing the trend, no I am not.  Just me and my take on the trend.  There are some menswear shoes that I think are just great and I would and have worn them.  Take these Gucci’s for example.  The booties rock the style in a way that I think is fantastic.  Sleek and stylish but not deep into his closet – unlike the grey oxfords next to them.  I have a pair of similar to these booties and have worn them with skirts, dresses, jeans and slacks and have gotten many a compliment.

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Lace up Oxfords $695.00  Booties $675.00

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I can’t help myself – having a girlie moment here! These RED Valentino’s are too adorable.  I’d rock these in a minute.

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Would you, could you, do you wear this trend?  Do you like it or not?  How do you /would you wear this?  Leave me a comment 🙂  I’ll be covering another trend in menswear shoes soon – the smoking slipper.