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There is something so subtly seductive about a woman in a man’s jacket, an ease and sensuality that isn’t as overt as a plunging neckline or high hemline but if done in the right fashion can be just as effective.

Think Bianca Jagger smoldering in her YSL pantsuits, Annie Hall’s cerebral sex appeal or Tina Chow’s enduring androgenous cool.



Modern incarnations of the look are expertly embodied by Vogue Hommes’ Anastasia Barbieri, singer/actress/daughter-of-Serge-and-Jane Charlotte Gainsbourg and street style shutterbug Garance Dore.


To make the look for yourself, check out our Oversized Jacket and Vest patterns and add a little masculine cool to your Fall ensembles.


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    Nov 24, 2010, 12.58 AMby Sarah Ward

    Nor can we forget Janelle Monae who has been rocking menswear on the red carpet. Though she doesn’t define mens’ or womens’ wear.

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      Nov 24, 2010, 03.42 PMby themisslinds

      We could do an entire style post just about Janelle – thanks for the idea Sarah!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 07.22 PMby carottesauvage

    Annie Lennox? :)

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    Nov 22, 2010, 07.09 PMby carottesauvage

    Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane (no picture?) are my definite style icons! Patti Smith. Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, Brigitte Fontaine never get a mention… too grubby? too wrinkly? too wacky? Francoise Hardy still looks amazingly great with her white hair and she’s been wearing blazers for ages. Ageism is a sad fact…

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      Nov 22, 2010, 09.59 PMby themisslinds

      i could go on for days about patti smith – and i once got to help kim gordon pick out an outfit for a show (swoon). i love these women, no ageism intended :)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 10.37 PMby carottesauvage

      I know that no ageism is intended! Sorry, I was just talking in general! :)
      Kim is is too cool for school…maybe she would fit in a ‘No wave’ post together with Lydia Lunch etc…Though she is hard to categorize either. To hell with pigeon-holing anyway!
      And Patti… yep. I had the chance to see her two of her gigs in London. Lenny Kay gave me his guitar spectrum . I thought I was chosen by the gods to be a guitar hero… still trying to learn the instrument :)
      Would have liked to see Laurie Anderson when she was in town last year

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      Nov 23, 2010, 04.56 AMby Jamie Lau

      I heart Françoise and Brigitte! Speaking of No Wave, let’s not forget DNA drummer Ikue Mori. So rad.

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      Nov 23, 2010, 09.12 AMby carottesauvage

      ’rad’on’ ;) !!!CSG and the Frank Chickens too!!
      oops a problem with the update function! keep well!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 08.00 PMby kelerabeus

    I love Charlotte Gainsbourg, she’s always so stylish. There is a great blazer pattern in November issue of burda style magazine, sort of smoking style. I SO got my eye on it, but I think I will wait for spring to make it..

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    Nov 16, 2010, 03.50 PMby wzrdreams

    I LOVE that grey double breasted jacket (top/middle). Someday soon I will make a blazer. It’s in the queue.

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