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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,; Moscot sunglasses, $270,; Marc by Marc Jacobs belt, $298, for stores; Nine West watch, $49, nine; Zara handbag, $60,; Soxxy socks, $24,; John Fluevog shoes, $315,

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,; MM6 Maison Martin Margiela cardigan, $490, at MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, 646-781-7852; 6397 top, $325,; Steven Alan trousers, $268, #http://

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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,; Apiece Apart blouse, $235,; DKNY pants, $295, for stores; Swarovski earrings, $80,; Kris Nation Jewelry ring, $68,; Vince bag, $795,; Adieu oxfords, $705,

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,; Boss bangs, $275,; Pushmataaha rings, $99,; Tory Burch satchel, $435,; Superga sneakers, $65,

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,; Band of Outsiders skirt, $395,; Liebeskind Berlin belt, $42,; Coach handbag, $425,; Church's oxfords, $535, at Church's, 212-758-5200.

—Styled by Ali Pew