When Kelly Rowland appeared on the X-factor last weekend in a black tuxedo and high necked white shirt, it was official: the androgynous trend had gone mainstream. Previously a trend that only the brave dared foray into, Kelly, ever the fan of revealing mini dresses, proved that girly girls can do the masculine look too. The A/W 2011 catwalks were inundated with references to masculinity, with everyone from Chanel to Celine tipping their hat to the trend.

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The androgyny trend has certainly been lurking underneath the fashion radar for some time now (evident in our obsession with boyfriend blazers, brogues and masculine accessories.) However, this season it has reared its head and demands to be noticed, with everyone from Miranda Kerr to the Olsens stepping out in dramatic tuxedos.

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The trick, as Kelly highlighted, is to personalise the trend and introduce a feminine aspect, as Ms. Rowland showed off her amazing legs in tight, black tapered pants. For an easy take on the trend, pair a white shirt and bow tie with tailored city shorts á la Olivia Palermo.

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Luckily for us, the highstreet is abundant with statement pieces that will assist you in making the trend your own. Team with a red lip, chunky boyfriend watch and Bob is your cross-dressing uncle.

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Leather Shorts/Tuxedo Blazer: H&M

imageimageimageSequin Peter Pan Collar/Leather Collar/Sequin Bow Tie : ASOS

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Glitter Brogues/Blouse/PU Leggings: River Island.

Images courtesy of Vogue.com

By Freya Drohan