Menswear is Not Only For Men

Yesterday writer, Alice Carey, and I had lunch in the West Village at Cafe Cluny. We caught up on all of our upcoming projects and I asked Alice for advice on how to publicize my upcoming book. After lunch we took a walk down Perry Street and sat for a minute to talk about her love of menswear and why young women dress the way they do. One of the reasons that Alice loves men’s clothing is that its comfortable and allows her to feel free and unique.She says, “I feel me, I’m not imitating anyone. This is the look.” 91 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin expresses a similar view on style when shes says,”If you try to imitate too much, then you look like nothing. Never compare yourself, YOU are YOU.”

Many of Advanced Style ladies lament the fact that so many people look and dress the same these days. Alice and Ilona no longer feel the need to conform to other people’s ideas of what a women should wear. Their rule is that there are no rules. They dress to impress themselves and look at style as a means of personal expression. I have learned to become more myself through my interactions with these wonderful, confident women. I hope that they can inspire you as well! For more on Alice’s style check the video above, and if you are interested you can find her childhood memoir HERE.

  • Eva

    A very good idea. Men's wear makes women look younger. This is because men of the same age have larger noses. The effect is that clothes with a masculine touch make the spectator expect a male face, but there comes a smaller nose instead. A younger person, obviously. — Just a theory! I use it successfully.

  • I like the rule that there is no rule. As we mature we are more confident in ourselves and know what we want so can treat with caution what fashion gurus think we want – love it!

    I like Eva's comment about nose sizes – and yes, speaking as a man of mature years, I suppose my nose is quite large.

    Grey Fox
    A man looking for style in middle age and beyond.

  • Well, of course, there are many women's clothing styles that are even more comfortable than men's clothes because they accommodate breasts and buttocks. BUT, women's clothes rarely have enough pockets (if any at all)! Nevertheless, a well-made garment — whether for a man or a woman — is worthy to be worn with great joy by anyone! xxoo Patty

  • Anonymous

    Loved the video and her attitude. ADVANCED STYLE is the best!

  • You are you!! Couldnt have said it any better! Lets see a man carry a womans dress as gracefully as Alice here carries men's clothing!
    Looks dashing!

  • When I was still in high school I used to wear mens' jackets, because they had pockets on the inside. I used to put my pocket watch in it and I got some very nice compliments from people in the street. I love how this lady dresses. Very stylish. And of course, the short red hair is awesome!

  • Wow amazing style she has!

  • I love that outfit so much, especially the boots.

  • I used to love wearing men's jackets when I was in my 20's; Alice looks very chic in men's clothing. Ari, the text in this blog post is showing up as different font sizes throughout the text, just wanted to let you know.

  • Her hair is fabulous! Very Columbia from Rocky Horror