oh remember this? this was fun.
Urbane Inquiry presents…
Kyle Moshrefi, stylist & blogger
(Photography by Amanda Smith at www.another-smith.com)
Kyle Moshrefi, a J.Crew stylist and Everlane freelancer, takes menswear-inspired clothing to another level. She prefers plaid bow ties around her neck over lace ribbon bows in her hair. With a classic pair of leather oxfords ready to go, this San Francisco blogger shares her style inspirations and how women can make menswear their own.
Why do you prefer men’s clothing over women’s?
For me it’s just been how I’ve always dressed. I grew up with two older brothers and got all of their hand-me-downs right from the beginning. I mean, that’s not why I dress the way I do. It’s just what feels normal and natural for me now. I would feel silly in heels and a dress. Trousers and oxfords just seem to suit me better. Also, none of the clothes I wear are actual men’s clothes. Everything I own is women’s clothing—just menswear inspired. I am way too petite to fit into anything made for a man.
What are some new designers on your radar right now?
I wouldn’t say there is anyone new on my radar per se. It’s more like I am paying closer attention to some already well-known designers. I’m really into the whole Thom Browne style of wearing my pants right now, you know, the no socks and high-water look. Sid Mashburn does it, too. These guys are big on having no break in their trousers and I’m really digging that. It just looks crisp and clean. I think Michael Bastian is also doing some great things and will continue to get better as the seasons go by. It bums me out that I can’t fit into any of their clothes.
What are your summer must-have items?
Definitely a pair of boat shoes, lightweight button shirts, and V-neck tees.
As a stylist, what is the most common mistake you see men making?
A lot of men wear their clothes too big. I think for most of them it isn’t intentional—they just don’t know what the fit is supposed to be like on certain items because no one has ever told them before. I think a lot of them also have an issue of not dressing age appropriately. Again, it is probably not on purpose. I think men have a hard time asking for help when they are shopping for clothes, so they just wing it. That’s why having online forums, like Tumblr and Urbane, are great. It gives guys a way to see what other guys are doing, and it allows them to ask questions.
Who inspires the way you dress?
That is a hard question. I don’t think there is any one person out there that inspires the way I dress. I think I take little bit from a lot of different people. There are the big boys, like Thom Browne, Sid Mashburn, and Ralph Lauren who definitely have an appeal to me, but then there are people I see on The Sartorialist or various other street wear blogs who I gather inspiration from as well. I think I lean towards the classic Americana look just because it feels so effortless, but still crisp and dressed up. I like to gather ideas from the different outfits I see people wearing (whether in real life or online) and then give it my own spin so as to personalize it and make it work for me.
Which do you prefer - ties or bow ties? Why?
I have no preference honestly. I usually decide at the last minute based on what I am already wearing. Sometimes ties can be annoying underneath a sweater because of the little pooch it gives towards your waist, so on those days I will probably opt for a bow tie. Bow ties are fun, and I definitely like to play around with them as much as I can. It’s funny. I think people aren’t used to seeing women wearing a tie or a bow tie, so I get a lot of compliments when I do wear one. I’m not doing it for the compliments, but it is always nice to see people embracing women who wear menswear-inspired clothes.
What did you wear today?
Today I am wearing my brown Italian leather oxfords that I purchased in Paris last summer, J.Crew charcoal grey slim fitting wool trousers, a navy ribbon belt with a red and white fleur de lis crest pattern from Sid Mashburn, a blue and white striped button shirt from Lacoste, a charcoal grey button vest from Theory that matches my trousers perfectly, and a vintage red striped tie. I felt like getting a little fancy today.