There’s something about certain fashion trends that keeps them coming around time and time again. The boyfriend look is one of those trends that never seems to be put to rest, and for good reason. In a world where gender equality is accepted, there’s something about proving that women can wear a man’s look just as well (or better) than he can that makes a fashionable point. And women can have fun in the process. Not only that, but men’s clothing tends to be more comfortable, so modelling the boyfriend look after men’s clothing tends to make women’s clothing more comfortable by default. Below is an overview of the ways in which the boyfriend look is creeping into the wardrobe of women.
There’s something about a man in a tie that is always charming, debonair, and stunning. But women can wear the look, as well, and they do. One way to wear the look is to put a skinny tie with a dress shirt and women’s suit. Ensure the trousers are cut off at the ankle, and pair them with black pumps for a feminine touch to the masculine look. Another way to wear a tie is to put one loosely around your neck with a trendy hat, sleeveless top, dress trousers (or jeans, to dress it down), and some ankle boots or heels. No matter how you choose to wear it, adding a tie to your outfit is a fashion-forward, edgy way to incorporate men’s fashion into your style.
Jackets and Jeans
For too long, men have been comfortable and cosy in their long sweater coats with deep pockets, and comfortable jeans with a loose fit. Now, women finally get to reap the benefits of such comfortable attire, as well. Boyfriend jeans, with their worn washes and slack fit, are making a comeback this season, and rightly so. After the too-tight, second skin look of the skinny jeans, women are finally embracing a moremasculine fit in their jeans. Paired with heels and a fluffy jumper, or pointy-toed flats and a screen print tee, this look can be very feminine, as well as comfortable. And who doesn’t love the boyfriend sweater? The long, relaxed fit of the boyfriend biker jacket allows for comfortable movement, oversized fashion, and options for pairing with t-shirts to create several different outfits with only a few items.
Men have been able to wear stylish and sophisticated hats for a good many years now, but finally women are able to, as well. Women have been fearlessly donning fedoras and other masculine hats, pairing them with everything from dress suits to jeans and ruffled tanks, for a beautiful look. Another great idea is to pair a fedora with a skirt and a fluffy jumper, adding tights and pumps to the mix for a slightly edgy but glamorous style.
The Men’s Dress Shirt
There’s no reason men should be the only ones to wear a proper dress shirt. After all, women have suits, skirt suits, and other dress clothing that resembles men’s, but dress shirts for women are hard to find. So why not just steal the men’s style? Men’s style dress shirts can be worn in the traditional sense, as well as over jeans with boots or heels for a beautiful style.
Man’s World, Women’s Fashion
The saying goes that it’s a man’s world, but if that’s so, women wear it better. Whether it’s pairing a men’s style suit jacket with jeans and heels, or donning a fedora with your fashionable outfit, don’t be afraid to wear it with confidence. Men’s styles have long been incorporated into women’s outfits, but only recently has a blatantly male style been embraced by women. Skirt suits and dress trousers for women were a subtle trend towards the male style, but now, women have done away with subtleties and embraced the men’s clothing in a distinctly feminine way. Whatever your style, there’s a way to incorporate the “boyfriend look” into it, and you can have a lot of fun combining hats, ties, and men’s shirts with your skirts, tops, and heels.
Megan Barnes lives for fashion. She enjoys writing about fresh trends and modern looks on style blogs.