Contrast dressing: how to add a modern edge to your outfits

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Would you say your style is more masculine or feminine? Why not embrace some of each? After all, they say life is all about balance. In 2021, we’re seeing a rise in fashion trends combining menswear and womenswear, further blurring the line between gendered dressing.   
With the androgynous fashion trend growing apace, we take a closer look at how to achieve that sought-after balance between femininity and masculinity. And luckily, all of these looks can be found at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. Get ready to dress like you’re the (wo)man, while still staying in touch with your feminine side.

(Don’t) follow suit: layer masculine blazers with delicate pieces    


Who says you need a job in the big smoke to be able to rock a blazer? Always a chic go-to, blazers immediately make an outfit look more put-together and modern.
We’re obsessing over the latest trends popping up in blazers this year, including the boxy blazer, in colours of burgundy and chocolate brown. The classic, relaxed lines of this traditional menswear piece will be the centrepiece of any outfit. But for that all-important contrast, you can soften the blazer’s manly silhouette by styling it with a black bralette underneath and a pair of high-quality denim jeans. Complement the look with a crossbody bag in a matching shade, but opt for one with gold detailing for a touch of elegance.  
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David Jones Marc Jacobs The Softshot 17 Bag $545
David Jones Tommy Hilfiger Nature Tech Triangle Bralette $69.95
H&M Double Breasted Jacket $59.99
Lovisa Square Huggie Earring $19.99
Oroton Reese Sunglasses $229
Sass & Bide Sahara Mid Rise Skinny Jean $220
Tony Bianco Ruiz Black Hi Shine Flat $199.95

Alongside the slouchy boyfriend look, sharp tailoring is a major trend we’re seeing in contrast dressing. So, embrace this parallel with a form-fitted blazer in an on-trend print like check. Everything about this pattern says masculine and traditional. So, the trick is to contrast it with pieces that aren’t. When working with a modern shade like grey, you have the freedom to play with feminine details, such as a chic cottagecore-inspired, button-up blouse and a pair of statement nude heels.  
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Dissh Kora Chunky Chain Necklace $19.99
H&M Mom High Ankle Jean $49.99
H&M Wide Smock Waist Blouse $29.99
Mimco Mim-Mazing Crossbody Bag $249
Sunglass Hut Gucci Gg0641s Sunglasses $860
Tony Bianco Fara Skin Nappa Heel $199.95
Zimmermann Luminous Check Jacket $1100

Offset a feminine midi-dress with edgy materials and chunky sandals


To add a modern edge to your look, put together an outfit that you know will catch people, and yourself, off-guard. A flowy, linen midi-dress worn with a leather biker jacket that’s a little rough around the edges? Now that’s unexpected. Pieces like leather jackets are perfect for contrast dressing because they neutralise more feminine pieces. For the ultimate tomboy-chic outfit, pair your white midi and biker jacket combo with some chunky sandals, a crossbody bag, and modern shades.

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David Jones Aje Aspect Linen and Silk Midi Dress $545
Decjuba Charlize Biker Jacket $139.95
Oroton Stevie Sunglasses $229
Platypus Shoes Windsor Smith Women’s Thrilled Sandal $119.99
Sportsgirl Samantha Sling Bag $29.95

Contrast preppy menswear pieces with sleek silhouettes and metallic accents    0721_Indooroopilly_Contrasting-Dressing_In-Body_942x530_4.jpg

The menswear-inspired piece breathing new life into women’s fashion – the sweater vest! This wardrobe staple is perfect for layering over a range of styles, including other menswear pieces, such as a striped button-up shirt. When paired together, it’s easy to see why these pieces make up the crux of masculine fashion. And to contrast them with your femininity, style them with a sleek, tailored pant.

When it comes to choosing your accessories, simple is best. We’re obsessed with the trending ‘croissant’ hoop trend. A small, yet unique piece of jewellery like this will add an effortless, feminine touch to any look. And why not add a playful element to these preppy, tailored pieces with fun pair of sneakers? Pick out a pair with colours that will match a small purse or bag, which will tie the look together in an instant.
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David Jones Polo Ralph Lauren Cotton High-Low Shirt $209
Glassons Faux Leather Shoulder Bag $29.99
H&M Short Knit Vest $14.99
JD Sports Adidas Originals Superstar Sneaker $155
Michael Hill Sculpture Croissant Hoop Earring $89
Sheike Brielle Pant $119.95
When it comes to fashion, who says you need to box yourself into one style? These looks show how simple it is to combine the elements you love of both feminine and masculine fashion. Stop by Indooroopilly Shopping Centre to shop these stylish pieces, and feeling inspired for a wardrobe refresh.