5 Looks to Borrow from the Boys

23 June, 2017

5 Looks to Borrow from the Boys

Think of it as having your options doubled!


What we choose to wear today is based on anything that makes us feel confident and comfortable – irrespective of where your style sits on the gender spectrum. Today, floral dresses and pearls are just as ‘feminine’ as baggy jeans and combat boots, so it’s no surprise we’re cherry-picking pieces from the men’s department.

Opting for what may have historically be seen as boyish is an ideal way to let your accessories and styling shape the piece. With the unveiling of the male romper (yup, despite your wishful thinking, the ‘RompHim’ actually exists. This is not a drill), the androgynous trend is picking up momentum. Whether you’re stealing a staple item from your boyfriend’s self-proclaimed “minimalist” wardrobe, or shopping for relaxed, gender-neutral items, here are five simple styles worth working into your look

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A crisp shirt

It’s obvious for a reason: the boyfriend shirt has been tried and tested time and time again. For Hong Kong’s stifling summers, the relaxed fit is a welcome change. Plus, men’s shirts are often 100% cotton, whilst women’s tend to have some synthetic element to give it a sheer appearance. In other words, the loose fit and breathable fabric has convinced us to shop menswear. Tuck the shirt into a pencil skirt or skinny jeans to juxtapose the proportions or, if length is on your side, belt it and wear it as a dress!

Get the look from J.Crew

Read more: How to Style your Summer Workwear

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A simple statement watch

This men’s Skaagen smart watch has quickly become my go-to time piece, whether I’m heading to the office or going to brunch with the girls. Whilst the simplicity of men’s watches offer a classic feel, the oversized aspect gives it more of a modern edge. The result? Timeless (pun intended). As a bonus, this Hybrid Smart Watch syncs up with your phone to track your sleep, your steps, your water intake and more. Oh, and it can also control your music, take selfies, and automatically adjust when you travel into another time zone. Let the smooth leather strap be your minimalist arm candy and opt for a statement ring to go with it.

Get the look from Skagen (different styles available in black, tan, and dark brown with a rose gold finish)

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An out-of-place tuxedo jacket

Looking for a fresh alternative to a dinner blazer? An oversized tux jacket may do the trick. Pair the versatile piece with leather leggings and heeled boots for a well-composed modern classic look, or upgrade a simple cocktail dress before running out the door. Having the tux jacket draped over your shoulders can be more effective here, as you don’t have to worry about the specific shoulder size or sleeve length. Easy-peasy party wear? Sorted.

Get the look from Theory

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A bold briefcase

Just like a change of hat can take you from folk singer to street dancer in 30 seconds flat, a bag swap can completely alter an outfit. Though more and more bags are becoming unisex (with obvious reason – we’re all walking around carrying things we don’t need – some of us guiltier than others), briefcases haven’t fully breached their way into the women’s side of the store. Precisely why it’s worth checking them out. Go retro with a bound-edge English briefcase in oxford brown leather, or keep it sleek with a classic folio in foolproof black leather. Pop on preppy pumps or pointed heels and march right into the day.

Get the look from Cambridge Satchel (black) and Lotuff Leather (brown)

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A baggy pair of jeans

Women have been wearing oversized jeans for years, so it was only a matter of time before denim brands took note. Enter: the “Boyfriend” jeans. When shopping in the men’s department, opt for a distressed, light-washed pair – with bonus points for pockets that actually serve a purpose. Slip into strappy heels and a classy cami for a relaxed date night, or pair it with converse and a striped tee for a lazy Sunday. Either way, cuff the bottom, pop on a chunky leather belt and you’re good to go.

Get the look from Ksubi

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