One of the boys…

The androgynous look is by no means new. It comes around every season – oversize blazers, slouchy fit trousers, oversize crisp shirts. Every incantation reinvents and updates the look, making it relevant. This look goes back to the days of screen sirens Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich, who caused controversy as they dressed in trouser suits and bow ties. 

The look is also featured in one of my favourite movies, Annie Hall. The wardrobe was partly designed by Ralph Lauren.

Cue one of Yves Saint Laurent’s lasting legacies – Le Smoking. It’s one of the most striking and powerful images in modern fashion and continues to inspire today. All of Saint Laurent’s successors from Alber Elbaz and Tom Ford to Stefano Pilati have reinvented Le Smoking in every YSL collection.

And to modern day…here are some delicious images from Jak & Jil, they were taken over the last couple of months to illustrate just how relevant this look is. 

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Haute World
    April 7, 2010 / 8:57 pm

    Awesome post. I think there's still nothing sexier than seeing a woman in 'men's' clothing even if the clothing nowadays is designed for her. Still very feminine but powerful at the same time.

  2. daisychain
    April 8, 2010 / 6:52 am

    Fantastic post doll, I love androgony

  3. yiqin;
    April 8, 2010 / 10:05 am

    Wow, really hot.

  4. Eve
    April 8, 2010 / 3:12 pm

    This look never goes out of style! So chic and sexy! What a great post!Have a great Thursday, cheers: Evi

  5. Devon
    April 8, 2010 / 5:39 pm

    Lovely photos! I really like the last one x

  6. Juliet
    April 8, 2010 / 7:54 pm

    Great post! I always feel so powerful in a outfit like that!juliet xxx

  7. SR@MyStyle
    April 9, 2010 / 3:52 pm

    Hi there-a lovely post and what a great look which is forever in style! Have a good weekend!

  8. Noble Beeyotch
    April 9, 2010 / 5:17 pm

    Androgyny is always in fashion and I love how classy it makes any woman look!

  9. FashionJazz
    April 9, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    I really luved ur post babe!! Thanks for your comment : ) xx

  10. E
    April 9, 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Katherine Hepburn is one of my all-time favorite icons 🙂

  11. Meg
    April 10, 2010 / 3:03 am

    Such a chic, sexy look!

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