Foregoing feminine frivolity in favour of boyish simplicity takes a certain clarity of mind, but the benefits – confidence, streamlined minimalism – are manifold. Right now, designers are harnessing the strength and resilience of the androgynous look and delivering pieces that promise to weather turbulent times both in and out of the office.
The focus now is on soft, fluid tailoring, outsize proportions and subtly luxurious fabrications. The piece to get really right is the trouser. Cuts sit high on the waist and glide down the leg into a cropped flare or sweep right to the floor. Alexander McQueen’s pair in wool silk is versatile (the dense fabric travels well) and will dress up for dinner with a white shirt and slim stiletto heel, while Ports 1961 fluid viscose pants and Alexander Wang’s striped version have a winning appeal with just a touch of ‘90s insouciance.
Jackets shift up a notch with luxurious fabrications, look for sleek satin styles from Ms Min and Givenchy and double-breasted cuts that mean business worn over camisole tops. But, things don't have to be too serious; Acne’s boxy coat has a fringed embellishment on the back while Ellery’s jacket boasts flaring sleeves and chain details. Inky black mixed with navy, white, charcoal and French blue emphasise the uniform appeal of this long-playing trend.
Let a little bit of drama unleash in shirts where extra long sleeves, ruffles and wrap ties express character and sweep in the season’s meta trends. For knitwear, Alexander Wang’s cricket sweater is the kind of piece that will deliver for work and play, ditto black or white sneakers, skate shoes and leather backpacks.
Diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend even if she might be in a boyish mode; Repossi’s sparkling multi-band rings and ear cuffs and winding layered rings from Kilcollin suggest you know where life’s real treats lie. The simplicity of the new boy meets girl attitude exudes an admirable confidence. Just add a note of languor.