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InStyle Staff
Nov 03, 2014 @ 7:15 am

Menswear for womenswear isn't meant to be literal. Here, we break it down and show you how to give the trend your own alluring spin.

Key Twist: Show a Softer Side

A peplum sweater belted over a gently draped skirt (as seen above) cuts an hourglass shape that's all woman.

Get the Look: Kim Haller pullover, $690, at Opening Ceremony, 212-219-2688; Theory skirt, $575, theory.com; Moscot sunglasses, $270, moscot.com; Marc  by Marc Jacobs belt, $298, marcjacobs.com for stores; Nine West watch, $49, nine west.com; Zara handbag, $60, zara.com; Soxxy socks, $24, soxxy.com; John Fluevog shoes, $315, fluevog.com.

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Key Twist: Rethink the Overcoat

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Add a little heft and a major focal point with a sporty topper done up in color-splashed stripes.

Get the Look: Elizabeth and James coat, $595, saksfifthavenue.com; MM6 Maison Martin Margiela cardigan, $490, at MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, 646-781-7852; 6397 top, $325, barneys.com; Steven Alan trousers, $268,

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Key Twist: Super-Size Your Trousers

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A bit of extra material commands a lot more authority. Slouchy and wide is the new straight and narrow.

Get the Look: 424 Fifth top, $164, lordandtaylor.com; Apiece Apart blouse, $235, apieceapart.com; DKNY pants, $295, dkny.com for stores; Swarovski earrings, $80, swarovski.com; Kris Nation Jewelry ring, $68, krisnations.com; Vince bag, $795, vince.com; Adieu oxfords, $705, net-a-porter.com.

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Key Twist: Play with Scale

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Mixed plaids look cohesive, not clashing, when tied together with ivory.

Get the Look: Nanushka coat, $640, at American Two Shot, 212-925-3403; Trademark shirt, $228, trade-mark.com; Boss bangs, $275, hugoboss.com; Pushmataaha rings, $99, pushmataaha.com; Tory Burch satchel, $435, shopbop.com; Superga sneakers, $65, superga-usa.com.

Key Twist: Mix Traditional Patterns

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Pinstripes and checks get along famously when rendered in a clean, graphic palette.

Get the Look: Svilu blazer, $521, at Lux Couture, 614-969-5600; Walter Baker shirt, $176, ifchic.com; Band of Outsiders skirt, $395, bandofoutsiders.com; Liebeskind Berlin belt, $42, anthropologie.com; Coach handbag, $425, coach.com; Church's oxfords, $535, at Church's, 212-758-5200.

—Styled by Ali Pew

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