How do you imagine style in Stanford University, one of the most famous schools on the west coast? Well, the school newspaper best describes it as “generally basic and laid back” — a given in the general university scene. Beyond that, I haven’t found any hard and fast rule on what “Stanford style” looks like. So today I put my own spin on what I imagine a great representation of prestigious campus style would look like: by taking it all the way back to elite campus roots as far back as in the 1920s.
And what a beautiful campus this is.
Blouse — Maison Jules
Tie — Thrifted
Cardigan — Celeste
Blazer — Amazon
Trousers — Yesstyle
Heels — Yesstyle
Messenger bag — Amazon
Scarf — Eddie Bauer
This look is absolutely not exclusive to the campus look — after all, pantsuits and a tie were universal to men for at least a century back. But hey, the plaid and oxfords are a great throwback to the beginning of a campus aesthetic.
Formula attire for men: the formula
Here are the essentials of the formal menswear style which fits both men and women:
Bottom layer: a cotton button up.
Middle layer: cardigan or vest
Top layer: blazer, plaid or solid palettes (beige or navy)
Outer layer: trench coat, wrap coats and topcoats
Pants: trousers, skinny or pleated
Shoes: loafers, brogues, or oxfords
Accessories: A plaid scarf, quality watch, a pair of shades, leather dress gloves, or leather belts with a clamp closure.
I love these pictures! It proves that men’s style can show some diversity of style and a rugged handsomeness, and that when looking for chic style, we girls can take a leaf out of formal menswear.
That’s not to say I also didn’t incorporate some familiar feminine elements for an individual look. The oxfords came with heels, sported noticeable makeup, the blazer is tailored and slim instead of oversized, and I curled my hair back for an androgynous refinement that I think befits both genders. It’s all about balance.
And you? Do you like experimenting with menswear? Let me know in the comments!