By: Cathy Ann Sauer / Buyer, Nina RaynorOne of my favorite fashion accessories is a man’s tie. Not for him. For me. There is just something about it that adds a spark to a suit or blazer and jeans. I have raided my husband’s closet on more than one occasion. In fact, adding touches of menswear pieces, or going head to toe with it, is one of fall fashion’s “in” looks this season. Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce & Gabbana – all are just a few of the designers that took their inspiration for fall from menswear. Ralph Lauren is, and has always been, a master of the look.

Dressing like a man, in the most fashionable way, is not new. Diane Keaton made menswear dressing iconic when she starred in 1977‘s Annie Hall. So much so that the term “Annie Hall” came to define this specific style. Katherine Hepburn was famous for her cuffed trousers in the 1940’s and Ellen DeGeneresis today’s menswear inspired guru.

Whether it’s a tie, oxfords, vest, suspenders, or Fedora, menswear pieces are a fun, unconventional accessory. Add in a sexy, feminine detail to make the look even more chic. Houndstooth jacket meets silk charmeuse blouse? This season we even bought purses made out of ties, lined with a bra. Now that’s a combination! And don’t forget, the menswear look is just as stylish in the evening. A satin tuxedo with lacy underpinning is sure to turn heads at all your upcoming holiday parties.