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"Ms. New Man" The New Look This Spring
by Rhonda Davis

As spring Resort collections roll in, one can not help but notice a very peculiar trend. The woman is slowly becoming the new man, slouchy blazers, and tailored suits are now being found in the closets of America’s most trendy fashionistas. We have seen Gwyneth Paltrow sport the slouchy blazer on the red carpet, and Ashley Olsen is no stranger to the sexy yet tailored suit. Phillip Lim has reinvented the double breasted blazer with his spring 2009 collection and his trend went straight from the runway to the backs of such celebrities as Eva Longoria and Kate Blanchette.

This season, women’s ready-to-wear has found itself in a vast contrast between femininity and masculinity. It works, and the best part is there is no need to go shopping, good news considering the economic status across the country. Women everywhere are grabbing the nearest man in their life and invading their closets. A slouchy blazer, sequin dress and a strappy heel completes any look for a night on the town.

This ambitious look is even showing up in the workplace. BCBG Max Azria showcased a boyish slack, with baggy pleats and tapered ankle. This pant can be paired with a short sleeved crew neck and a single gaudy accessory, and you will have a look that is both trendy and professional; you can even add a short cropped blazer to polish the look even more. The wide leg slack was the biggest “comeback kidapostrophe of the fall and is transitioning its way into spring wardrobes, this trend can be paired with a crisp white collared shirt and a loosened bowtie, to create the perfect look for a cocktail or gala.

For your casual days, there is the ever trendy “boyfriend Jeanapostrophe. This trend is comfortable, sassy and believe it or not can be dressed up or down. Seven, True Religion and Paige Jeans have all debuted their boyfriend denim; moreover, they are must haves for any spring wardrobe. This boyish denim paired with a tailored blazer and strappy heels will take you from the beach to a party while looking chic, stylish and a lot more comfortable then your typical painted on denims. A ribbed tank or cami paired with a cardigan and any accessory will accentuate the boyfriend cut and allow you to look boyish in the most feminine of ways.

Finally, dresses, albeit a style feminine by nature, are finding masculine themes. Shabby Apple has an entire line of dresses based on the “tuxedo.apostrophe Diane von Furstenburg and other big designers are implementing the two piece work dress, complete with button up shirts and ties.

About the author:

After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make the owners feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top or cardigan) owners Emily McCormick and Athelia Woolley decided to do something about it.

Shabby Apple LLC is an American online dress boutique. Shabby Apple simplifies the dressing process for women. The company focuses on helping women dress for their body shape by providing detailed information on the styles, cuts, and fabrics that flatter various body types. Shabby Apple also suggests different accessories for a single dress to create looks appropriate for various occasions. The dress designs are inspired by indie-prep professionals and hipster moms.

The company designs a Shabby Baby line of dresses for girls 0-6 months to size 12.

Shabby Apple launches four lines of dresses a year and is a women-owned and operated, socially responsible company. They have partnered with Unitus, a non-profit organization in the micro finance industry, to help alleviate global poverty for millions of women and their families.

Visit Shabby Apple online at