I really love exploring men’s fashion for a night out. Of late, I only want to dress this way; every look for me always has to have a hint of masculinity.

words by JULIA VON BOEHM • edited by DIANDRA BARSALOU MITCHELL • Shop The StoryFashion

MENSY INCLINATIONS: THE JVB STYLE TAKE ON THIS SEASON’S BEST MENSWEAR INSPIRED DRESSING FOR EVENING, HOLIDAY PARTIES, AND SPECIAL EVENTS.

I really love exploring men’s fashion for a night out. Of late, I only want to dress this way; every look for me always has to have a hint of masculinity. For example, if I a do a short skirt, it always goes with a low “mensy” shoe. I feel much more comfortable at parties and evening events now when I wear something that feels like me, something powerful that I am comfortable and confident in, but still pushes my boundaries a bit. I still want to be sexy, so it’s about balance. This combination of masculine and feminine, the conversation between the two is how I have always styled clients and dressed personally, but right now it is especially trending in different variations.

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Suits have been having a moment on the runways and the red carpet, which I feel is both a response to, and an engagement of the socio political climate. I love wearing pants when I go out, especially because you can put things in your pockets, and I love to pair them with a heel. Jackets and pockets are two things that do not need to be left out at night and deserve a V.I.P. invitation.

Julia wears an Alexandre Vauthier suit, Burberry heeled mules, and a personal scarf by Saint Laurent.

Julia wears an Alexandre Vauthier suit, Burberry heeled mules, and a personal scarf by Saint Laurent.

I still like to keep a feminine or sultry touch. For example that hint of skin that at first glance, could suggest there may not be anything underneath. The the addition of a silky menswear scarf at the lapel takes the suggestion back just enough. Pants are no limitations and always a bit more comfortable for spontaneous moments and kicking off my shoes for a night cap.

Julia wears a full Prada look.

Julia wears a full Prada look.

There are few things sexier than a crisp white shirt and beautiful black lace with just a touch of skin. I always love Miuccia Prada’s ideas because the conversation in her clothing is about provoking masculine and feminine, and she always does it in a new way. The lace keeps the shirt together and gives it a figure, while the transition from your husband’s poplin to lace to sparkly shoe makes the leg and ankle the magic place where to me, all makes sense.

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I would never re-style this look because it has a quintessential undone-ness. Not irreverence, but a nonchalant, effortless vibe that feels as though a beautiful accident has been preserved. This feeling echoes throughout the entire brand, which I find incredible and inspiring.

Julia wears a Michael Kors coat, Chanel sequin pants and top, personal Sally LaPonte belt, personal heels by Maison Margiela, and her own necklace.

Julia wears a Michael Kors coat, Chanel sequin pants and top, personal Sally LaPonte belt, personal heels by Maison Margiela, and her own necklace.

Sparkly and strong, masculine and romantic, this look is about a never ending love story with military influence in fashion, which I find very sophisticated and an expression of classicism. A masculine coat that brings to mind an admiral’s jacket with silver or gold hardware and embellished metallic detailing at the sleeve makes it feel elevated, and ties into a pleasant surprise underneath.

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The contrast of the coat with a sparkly top that is cut like a t-shirt leads us to textured sequin pants, adding another dimension. There is always an allure to having your coat on your shoulders, almost as though a passing soldier has just placed his coat there in an instant, adding a little more story to a look.