Don’t have a boyfriend or husband to borrow from? Worry not, just go shop at the menswear section at the store the next time. With fashion having a serious androgynous moment this is the best time to do so as well. You’ll end up saving some money as it’s a little known secret that the menswear section is priced cheaper than womenswear as brands tend to allocate lesser budgets to menswear. Men’s clothing isn’t as design-heavy as compared to womenswear and is more comfort-oriented so softer fabrics also tend to get used for menswear.
In the 20’s Fashion Icon Coco Chanel rebelled against the strict social norms of women wearing dresses, underskirts and corsets. She started designing clothes inspired by menswear like elegant suits and tweed jackets for women advancing the female empowerment movement. Menswear-inspired clothes are very much on-trend in fashion at the moment globally and nationally as well.
The classic white button-down shirt is super comfortable and looks good too. Unlike most women shirts that have darts and cinched waists to accentuate our curves. A men’s white button-down is looser and not form-fitting which makes it look even more stylish. You can style this oversized longer shirt by pairing it with a short skirt or dress and letting the ends of the shirt stick out like Mouni Roy.
The oversized blazer is a trend that we love and can wear from day-to-night. Pair your boyfriend’s oversized blazer with a t-shirt, straight fit denim, belt and sneakers or heels during the day for a casual yet chic look and at night pair it over an LBD or a gown. You can also take inspiration from Shibani Dandekar and just wear the blazer as a dress and pair it with thigh-high boots and layered chains if you like.
Vests have traditionally been worn by men in a three-piece suit over a shirt and under the blazer. You can take the vest and pair it over a shirt and bootcut denim or a short skirt for a more casual look. You can also pair it as a replacement to the shirt or top like Rhea Kapoor has.
Ties were exclusively a men’s accessory for a very long time but no more. Most schools around the world have made the necktie a part of their uniforms for girls and boys to have more formal attire. Neckties are used in fashion today in various ways and have had more feminine versions made with ribbons and embellishments. The classic men’s tie can be worn under a deep V-neck dress, a shirt or traditionally over a shirt and under a blazer to give it a boss babe look like Anushka Sharma has.
This is something you can shop for from the men’s section or steal a fresh pair of formal socks from your boyfriend as most of the women’s socks sold are ankle length and not longer in length. The longer ones are usually knee socks and those are usually way more expensive. So, a quick cheap trick is to wear booties or sneakers paired with the same colour socks or a different colour from the men’s formal section for a really cool look. Take a look at how Deepika Padukone pairs her socks with pumps to give her ensemble a very stylish and elegant feel.
Let us know which pieces are you going to borrow or steal from your man’s closet and how you plan on styling it in the comments below.
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