Stylist reveals why A-listers can't resist 'ultra feminine' dressing

Stylist reveals why A-listers can't resist 'ultra feminine' dressing

From Brad Pitt’s skirt to Harry Style’s fur coats, stylist Miranda Holder reveals why A-listers can’t resist ‘ultra feminine’ dressing – and the rules to follow if YOUR man wants to try it at home

  • Stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL how men can embrace feminine dressing
  • Comes after Timothée Chalamet showed his eccentric style in a knitter cardigan 
  • Brad Pitt attended the Bullet Train screening in Berlin in a knee-length skirt 

It’s no longer unfamiliar to see A-lister men embrace their more feminine side when appearing on the red carpet.

Only today, Timothée Chalamet showcased his eccentric sense of style by wearing a black knitted cardigan with pink-and-orange floral designs, which he layered above a white T-shirt featuring grey prints.

Attending a photocall for his new film, Bones & All, during the 79th Venice International Film Festival, the 26-year-old continued his unique look with oversized khaki camouflage shorts and shin-high black boots.

But it’s not only the younger male celebrities embracing more feminine looks; in July, Brad Pitt, 58, attended the Bullet Train screening in Berlin in an eye-catching, knee-length skirt.

The Hollywood actor opted for a breezy ensemble, teamed the statement garment with a salmon pink button-up in a bid to overcome the scorching heat in the German capital. He also threw on a light brown cardigan and accessorised with a cluster of layered pendant necklaces.

British TV and celebrity stylist Miranda Holder told FEMAIL that the ‘world has had enough of rules and restrictions in all walks of life, and as always, the artform of fashion reflects the mood of the people’.

Timothée Chalamet showcased his eccentric sense of style by wearing a black knitted cardigan with pink-and-orange floral designs, which he layered above a white T-shirt featuring grey prints

But it’s not only the younger male celebrities embracing more feminine looks; in July, Brad Pitt, 58, attended the Bullet Train screening in Berlin in an eye-catching, knee-length skirt

Harry Styles (pictured in April 2022) is known for his fur coats, pearl necklaces and stylish blouses

The rules to follow if YOUR man wants to try ‘ultra feminine’ dressing at home

If you feel ready to dip your toe in to this snowballing trend then here are some easy tips to get you started, according to Miranda:

1. Start small

‘If the nearest you have previously come to gender-fluid dressing is dressing up as an ugly sister in the local pantomime, my advice is to take it slowly and start small.

‘The sartorial world for gents is by contrast extremely limited, with far fewer options when it comes to colour, silhouettes, accessories… everything. 

‘Take some time to feel your way into what feels right for you, this is a very personal process and not only do you need to discover what looks good on you and reflects your personality but also where your own sartorial limits are.

‘With this in mind, look to accessories as an easy launchpad for your new contemporary style. A simple silk scarf knotted at the neck is a great starting point, as would be some more feminine jewellery (e.g. tapping into the current pearls trend which is huge) or perhaps a bit of metrosexual makeup. 

‘It might be my 80’s childhood, but I always think a little artfully applied guyliner and a bit of concealer can work wonders. Don’t be afraid to ask your female friends for a bit of assistance, finding a good match can be tricky, as can the blending – we are here to help where needed.’

2. Make simple swaps

‘Break your normal outfit down into its component parts and decipher which items could be swapped out for something a little more feminine. 

‘Could your straight leg jeans be swapped out for a skinny legged seventies inspired flare for example? Could you switch up your pinstripe button down for a silk pussybow blouse?

‘Focussing on single elements of your look and taking time to get used to how they look and feel will make this aesthetic far more achievable and less overwhelming.

3. Get inspired

‘Make like a stylist and do your research before you get started. The options are innumerable and it’s easy to get disheartened when there are just so many choices. 

‘There will be a lot of trial and error, so start keeping a record of looks you like on platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, or in a special album on your phone. 

‘Every time you see a look you like, analyse it and break down what you could incorporate into your own wardrobe, pay particular attention to people who have a similar build and height to you – as it’s more likely that this will work.

4. Experiment

‘This is where the fun really begins. There are so many stylish delights awaiting you! The fashion world is literally your oyster. 

‘The key? Remaining completely open-minded, you are in totally new territory here and it’s time to redefine what does and doesn’t suit you with a whole new set of rules – or quite possibly no rules at all!

‘There are so many aspects to consider… the world of fabric has just opened up to you, and you can play with all sorts from lace to chiffon and beyond. 

‘Print and pattern might just be your new best friend, and a chance to really get creative and inject a little more personality into your wardrobe, as will be colour. 

‘Colour is a hugely impactful tool and is frequently missing from gentlemen’s wardrobes and even many women’s – now is your opportunity to embrace it.

‘Gather your new potential wardrobe weapons and set aside some dedicated time at home to try it all on, experiment and see what you like. 

‘Any stylist will tell you that often the most fabulous outfits are born from an experimental pairing of the most unlikely pieces – this is totally going to play to your advantage, so just go for it.’

5. Balance your silhouette

‘A style rule that’s worth bearing in mind is keeping your silhouette balanced, so if you are wearing something baggier on one half of your body keep the garment on the other half slim fitting. 

‘This can be trickier with the current oversized trend, so if you are tapping into that look, make sure you are showing a bit of skin (wrist through rolling up your sleeves, ankles or a bit of chest on display are all really useful for breaking up a ‘blocky’ look). 

‘An ideal feminine outfit has movement and curved lines, which you want to emulate, rather than wearing something that is straight up and down.’

6. Confidence is key

‘Finally, a word from someone who has seen countless stunning models in breath-taking outfits slouched in corners, totally underselling themselves and their outfits – confidence, energy and posture is everything.

‘You have to feel good and like what you’re wearing or you’re just not going to carry off your new image. 

‘So, take a bit of extra time to get things just right – then stand tall and enjoy having broken free from all social and sartorial limitations; I’m sure you will look absolutely fabulous – you deserve it!’

 

She added: ‘Designers have been flirting with gender-neutral clothing almost since time began, but we are now firmly into a new era of post-pandemic, live for the moment, anything goes dressing… and the fashion world is men’s new playground!’

Miranda said famous men are ditching formal suits to ‘delve into the delights of the more feminine wardrobe’.

She explained: ‘The world has had enough of rules and restrictions in all walks of life, and as always, the artform of fashion reflects the mood of the people.

‘The mood is “carpe diem”, seize the day, stop worrying about what others think, dress for the moment, dress to feel good and dress to have fun – and what could be more fun for the chaps amongst us than delving into the delights of the more feminine wardrobe. 

‘It’s the ultimate way to express yourself, whether you are making a red carpet statement or simply dressing for everyday life. 

Joining Brad Pitt and 28-year-old Harry Styles – who is known for his fur coats, pearl necklaces and stylish blouses – are such celebs like Oscar Isaac (pictured in March 2022)

‘The inimitable Harry Styles and Hollywood icon Brad Pitt have led the recent resurgence of feminine fashion, much to the public’s surprise and delight. 

‘They have brought back the anticipation and excitement about what men in the public eye might be wearing – and let’s face it, it’s far more fun than a suit, no matter how immaculately cut it might be.’

Joining Brad Pitt and 28-year-old Harry Styles – who is known for his fur coats, pearl necklaces and stylish blouses – are such celebs like Oscar Isaac.

He looked more debonair than ever before as he attended the screening for Moon Knight at The British Museum in London in March 2022.

Elsewhere, comedian Pete Davidson made his Met Gala debut in 2021 in a black Thom Browne dress

The Star Wars actor, 43, sported a grey blazer, crisp white shirt and black tie – and ensured all eyes were on him by also opting to wear a matching grey kilt, showing off his smart black boots and socks underneath.

Elsewhere, comedian Pete Davidson made his Met Gala debut in 2021 in a black Thom Browne dress.

Davidson – who attended the annual bash as the guest of fashion designer Thom Browne – stepped out in the plain black frock with a pair of sparkling necklaces for his gala look. 

He covered the dress with a white overcoat with black trim with a few small jewel-encrusted pins on the lapel and the pocket of his coat. 

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