Often as I walk down Rundle Street, I can’t help but sneak a look inside Jack London and Calibre. Even as I wonder through Ted Baker, I’m on the men’s side, looking at all the bold-coloured blazers and short-sleeved floral shirts. When I should be drooling over floor-length gowns and pink wool coats, I’m picking out bow ties and striped sweaters.
“If I were a boy, I would wear this,” I say, holding up a navy, single-buttoned blazer. Meanwhile, my best friend is giving me a weird look.
After much thought – and after twenty-six broken promises that I will return two of the three jumpers I stole from my boyfriend – I have come to the realisation that I love men’s fashion. I adore it. The quality, the style and the comfort – I can’t help myself. It’s a sick obsession.
The fashion gods must have been smiling down on me the same time my heart fluttered over a vintage inspired, check patterned blazer (yes, in the men’s section at David Jones) when I came across a similar lady’s version at Zara (which is on hold as we speak).
If there is a look I love best, it’s menswear-inspired clothing. I’m talking boyfriend jeans, button-down shirts, blazers, and my favourite: boyfriend watches.
I for one believe there is always a time and place for flirty, frilly dresses. But as I shake, hop and trip into skinny jeans, I can’t help but wish I were wearing boyfriend jeans instead. Sometimes a girl needs comfort (and something other than, ew, jeggings).
So, I did some research and found – rather, I drooled over and fell in love with – some great menswear-inspired clothing and accessories.
The Boyfriend Jeans
It’s sometimes daunting trying a new look. So for those who do not own a pair, here are the “rules” for wearing boyfriend jeans:
*Go for a straight-leg version. Other styles don’t complement the overall relaxed look of boyfriend jeans.
*Your boyfriend jeans should be the strongest masculine piece in your outfit. If you want to wear other masculine elements such as a leather jacket or a vintage sports tee, don’t wear them with your boyfriend jeans. Otherwise, you may look like you literally got dressed in a boy’s closet.
Men’s Vintage-Inspired Tees
If you are bored of your t-shirts and are dying to try something new, then look no further than vintage-inspired tees. To achieve this look, raid your boyfriend’s closet or venture to the men’s section next time you’re at the shops. Here is how to wear your vintage-inspired tee:
*Look for straighter lines when you try them on. This shouldn’t be so straight that it hides your figure, but the relaxed/semi-loose feel is what this trend is about.
*Try on the next size up in women’s t-shirts. This is because most screen print t-shirts are made of 100% cotton, so if you want that oversized look, it’s best to at least try on one size up.
Menswear Button-Down Shirt
The menswear button-down shirt is very popular and can be found at many men and women’s fashion boutiques. The idea of a boyfriend-inspired button-down is no longer a trademark of the “walk of shame,” but rather a piece to throw on effortlessly.
Two versions that look great are definitely the flannel/plaid/Lumberjack look, and the classic dress shirt. Wear your casual boyfriend shirt with skinny jeans or your dressy shirt tucked in a high-waist skirt.
The Boyfriend Watch
I’ve got a lot of romantic feelings for this watch, and I’m thinking it deserves some alone time on my wrist.
For those with brothers, boyfriends, close male friends and cousins: raid their accessory drawer (with permission of course) and steal yourself their watch. This trend is so easy (and so in) that this time, time is on your side. Literally.
Wear it with your boyfriend-inspired blazer, leather jacket or button-down shirt.
As usual, after I finish a column, I’m instantly obsessed with the trend I’ve written about. I’ve gone from nerd to boy in a matter of weeks. Whatever will I be next?
Shh, it’s a secret. You’re going to have to stay tuned.