Once again, the menswear look is really another reprise from 2010, 2011, and even years before that. It differs from the “boyfriend” look in one significant way:
“menswear” should NOT look rumpled. The point of boyfriend looks is to look as though you stayed overnight, had yourself a VERY nice time, and then had to make off with whatever you could find on the floor. Add “boyfriend blazer” for a shot of faux-tailored smugness.
This is not what you do with menswear. First, you can’t just go help yourself to the men’s section – except for the hats. I buy hats from the Target men’s section all the time (and had no less than three hats stolen over the course of one winter.) Pants must be fitted properly to your hips and waist – very few women can comfortably just wear actual men’s clothing straight off the rack because of that. The shirts, also, are supposed to look fitted. So the “menswear” you’d seek… is still pretty much in the women’s aisle.
If you wear the look, think “Golfing, without the absurd parts.” In some cases, of course, golfing is too absurd to even get that far. There’s a lot of plaid – but not Nirvana plaid, just Scottish plaid. For some reason, with all this, most women will still be expected to wear heels.