Borrowed-From-The-Boys: 5 Menswear-Inspired Pieces For Your Next Power Lunch

Originally published on April 15, 2019 by Sarah Morrison

This season, take a page out of your nearest GQ magazine and turn to a chic, borrowed-from-the-boys look to close your next deal. With a few quick styling tricks, subscribing to a menswear-inspired playbook can easily elevate the standard 9-to-5 look from everyday to extraordinary. Reach for these 5 essentials and you’ll not only become the envy of all, but you’ll nail the pitch too.

1. The White Button-Down

A foolproof option for 9-to-5 and beyond, a crisp, white button down has the power to transform any outfit. This version by Misha Nonoo takes a cue from menswear with its longer hem and cuffs, which can be worn tucked under a black blazer for a prim and proper look, or styled simply on its own. Throw a lace camisole underneath for a feminine finish.

The Husband Shirt, $185,

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2. The Tailored Trouser

Put your best foot forward with the help of a classic tailored pant—made feminine with a slim fit and a slightly cropped, flared cut at the ankles. Juxtapose the piece with an oversized dinner jacket to achieve the perfectly balanced, borrowed-from-the-boys look.

Magnus Pant, Now $59,

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3. The Tuxedo Jacket

Wrap yourself in a luxe tuxedo jacket to channel old world charm in your next board meeting. This elegant piece from L’Agence, both feminine and sharp, is bound to be on heavy rotation in your closet year-round. Add interest by pairing with pinstriped trousers, and infuse some contrast by donning a silk blouse underneath.

Kenzie Jacket, $357-$595,

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4. The Oxfords

A surefire way to add instant cool to your weekday ensemble? The answer lies in these sleek boyish oxfords. These go-anywhere kicks are upgraded with a laceless d’Orsay cut for a feminine take on the classic menswear silhouette. Slip on a pair for a little more pep in your step as you make your way down those city streets.

Laceless d’Orsay Oxford, $395,

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5. The Power Watch

As essential as the LBD, every woman’s wardrobe deserves a statement-making power watch. Make yours pop by layering over a long-sleeved sweater, or have it speak for itself a la the piece in the photograph above.

The Runwell 36MM, $600,

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