The feminine-masculine battle has moved on the catwalks. On one side there are the ladylike trends with long romantic dresses or the '50s sexy outfit that exude femininity at its highest level. On the other hand, there is the masculine trend with clearly structured and clean cuts, neutral colors, and clothes that seem to be borrowed from your boyfriend's wardrobe, yet reinterpreted in a feminine way. If you want to know in what pieces to invest, take a look to the fall/winter 2010-2011 feminine vs masculine trends.

A dress, a skirt or a pair of high-heeled shoes will always represent those special items that seem to better define and reflect femininity. Well, this is very true. However, as femininity is rather a state that a woman can express with her attitude, not necessarily through the clothes she wears, designers brought this season a wide range of masculine elements that seem to excellently reflect the idea of elegance and refinement. In this context, we can easily say that a woman looks even more feminine in masculine clothing. Moreover, a masculine style is the perfect choice for a business look as it exudes authority and professionalism.

"Celebrate women" seems to be this season's motto when it comes to fashion trends. Well, we have no doubt about this as the Louis Vuitton collection was announced by "And God Created Woman". There are various collections for fall/winter 2010-2011 that enhance femininity and ladylike characteristics. As woman seems to remain the timeless muse, this season, we have seen her in so many different versions, from the bohemian, artistic type, spotted at Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren or Paul Smith, to the retro chic, pragmatic, yet very sexy and sophisticated at Dries Van Noten, Miuccia Prada, Louis Vuitton or Bottega Veneta.

Ralph LaurenMarc Jacobs

Bottega VenetaDries Van Noten

What can be more feminine than a maxi floral dress for a romantic touch? The best thing for fall 2010 is that you can wear your long dress or skirt with chunky knitted items or heavy outerwear as spotted at Ralph Lauren. In order to complete the look, choose a pair of eyeglasses with thick frames or ones in a brighter color or with different embellishments. A feminine updo (Prada) and a ladylike dress will only bring out those eyeglasses.

Another feminine trend is inspired by the retro-sexy woman. We have seen this style at Céline where sweet and delicate elements mix flawlessly with the sexy side of a woman. Besides this, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Miuccia Prada revived the '50s spirit with amazing ladylike dresses specific to that period. Wasp waists and emphasized hips are the main attributes of a self-confident woman that has no fears in embracing her curves.


Ralph LaurenPrada

Oscar de la RentaLouis Vuitton

One thing is true and that is a woman can be feminine even in a masculine inspired outfit. Masculine influences are still a hot trend for fall/winter 2010-2011. You can find them in the most rigorous, minimalist version, inspired by classic office outfits, and also in a dandy style, drawing their inspiration from the rich and unique costumes specific to the Edwardian and Victorian age. This season, one can see masculine trends at Chloé, Michael Kors, Dries Van Noten, Richard Nicoll, among others.

Masculine style came strong for fall 2010 with very elegant and sophisticated looks. For this, you definitely need a tailor suit with a jacket and skinny pants such as seen at Dsquared2 or Dries Van Noten. Matched with shirts and silk ties in white, dark gray, or camel, colors that are so hot this season, you will certainly turn heads. The colors that better characterize this style are darker ones, such as black, gray, navy blue, brown, and khaki, which reflect the mysterious and charming part of a woman.

ChloeDries Van Noten

Salvatore FerragamoMichael Kors

Despite the fact that a tie is the ultimate masculine accessory, if you are not such a big fan of ties, try a bow tie or a scarf set with a pin. These represent the perfect look for a day at the office. Moreover, you can complete the outfit by choosing a pair of Oxford or high-heeled shoes. Another interesting and very hot trend are the blazers in the diplomatic style, cigarette pants, capris, with a high waist or large, flared legs. Draw your inspiration from the Salvatore Ferragamo or Jason Wu collection.

Adding different accessories can help you obtain a masculine look. For example, a masculine inspired handbag made from a more rigid leather, in earthy tones, is the perfect choice for a polished business outfit (Fendi). If you want to complete a masculine outfit, wear a bowler hat as seen at Hermès and Dior. However, if a head-to-toe masculine look is too much, match your bowler hat with more feminine elements, such as a ruffled dress.


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