Man: Woman and Child

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There's something about women and girls dressed in fashion designed for the opposite sex: you can spot them from a mile away. It's a powerhouse 'i can do anything better than you can' attitude strutting down the street in biker boots, at an afternoon symphony in loafers with tassels, or at a cocktail party in black and white wingtips. Some of the most influential, inspiring women throughout creative history have been known to frequently don a more masculine ensemble: Marlene Dietrich, Patti Smith, Lou Doillon, Chloe Sevigny and even Shiloh Jolie Pitt have at times been partial to men's wear. A sense of allure and mystery has and will always accompany these women in their style. Although menswear for women will forever be in, the style is coming to a peak this year. Fall/Winter 2011 collections are promising layered blazers, silk slacks, and men's wool coats galore. Need a go-to shop to outfit yourself in androgyny? A safe and successful bet you'll always find at Opening Ceremony and for those of you helping the littlest of the style hungry, don't forget to check out the "borrowed from my brother" section of Jenna Lyons' ingenious kid's line Crewcuts at J-Crew.

Text by Lily Harris for Pas Un Autre