Women have been borrowing from the boys as long as I can remember and yet the allure of a woman in a menswear-inspired suit won’t die down.

There’s something so captivating about the juxtaposition of a super-feminine red lip or cleavage-baring ensemble with sharp menswear pieces.

Since most women opt for sequin dresses this season, the menswear trend is sure to help you stand out at holiday parties, like these stars do on the red carpet.

Here are four celebrities that dare to rock menswear:


Beyonce hit the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year gala in a burgundy suit. Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, a leopard clutch and décolletage add a feminine touch.


Rihanna loves oversized menswear pieces like these Acne Spring 2013 navy and gray striped separates and Raf Simons coat she wore to turn on the Christmas lights at Westfield Stratford City in East London.

Keyshia Cole

At the UNCF ‘Evening of Stars’ event, Keyshia Cole gave her menswear-inspired Elizabeth and James blazer and skirt a glamorous flair with red lipstick and Nicholas Kirkwood suede pumps.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae has made menswear her signature look in white and black tuxedo-inspired gear. She uplifts each look with a bold lisptick and a striking natural updo. At the Grammy Nominations Concert, the Covergirl spokeswoman chose a bright pink lip.

Is this a look you would try, Clutchettes?


  1. Fiore Scott

    This post seems a bit…heteronormative?

  2. I don’t like the look on Beyonce (makes her look frumpy) or Rihanna, but I generally like the look.

  3. For some reason, I really dig Rihanna’s outfit! I have no explanation.

    • DownSouth Transplant

      I don’t i feel like i would be a nose away from being a clown, sorry but I did KC & Janelle’s even though i would be mistaken for the waitress:)

    • haha!! KC looks like she is trying too hard. I don’t know, but it just doesn’t look effortless to me…

  4. EST. 1986

    I like Janelle Monae’s look.

    I have an athletic frame and an oval shaped face, so men’s clothing would only make me appear masculine.

  5. I think this needed better pics, except for monae. Not loving the pied piper look on rihanna at all.

    • Agreed! I was just about to say Janelle Monae is the only one who rocks this look the others look…yeah….

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