How to borrow from the boys
Oh boy! Outfit ideas inspired by the guys
Words— Mylène Genty
I know what you’re thinking. There’s no barrier between genders anymore. Still, on paper, some pieces were originally designed to belong in men’s closet. While some brands now offer unisex pieces, a lot of us like to shop in the men’s section specifically for the different cuts and the androgynous flair. Because men also started embracing a more feminine aesthetic (you can thank Hedi Slimane in his Dior years with his super slim silhouettes), some of the men’s design no longer evoke a super boxy cut, making them more suitable for a woman's body. You could literally steal your fling’s shirt and no eyebrows would be raised. Today, you can practically borrow their pants, too. This created a shift in women’s design, where clothes became more in tune with menswear. No need to steal your boyfriend’s shirt anymore - he might beg for yours.
Here, four fall womenswear looks inspired by our favourite key menswear pieces.
Double-Breasted Cocoon Coat with Recycled Wool - Mustard, The Eleonore Tweed Pant (matching blazer coming soon)
I don’t think you need any convincing into getting yourself a topcoat. The sleek and structured shape is a true confidence booster when it comes to outerwear style. In order to add some edge, skip the average black version and opt for a lively colour: a mustard yellow, for example. Wear it on top of your well-adjusted suit for a perfectly polished look. And a pair of sneakers to show that there’s a youthful soul underneath it all.
The checked suit
Glen Plaid suit – coming soon!
When girl meets English countryside circa 1905. Highly inspired by the British hunting suit that was worn by a certain elite, this ensemble couldn’t be more autumnal. Take this classic up a notch, with your favourite knit and layer away, friends. Enhance the richness of the ensemble with deep red and a contrasting shoe to make each piece unique.
The chunky sweater
Because cozy shouldn’t mean lazy. Take this simple outfit for example. The sweater is the key element here - it signals strong snug vibes. While the extra large sweater has been a go-to for most of us, layering pieces are what really elevate a comfy look. The mix and match of different textures (here with a thin stretchy turtleneck matched with a fuzzy sweater) will show you actually care, which isn’t a bad thing. You can also roll out the house with a pair of flare pants for extra comfort without neglecting the chic.
The puffer jacket
For those really into the streetwear aesthetic, the options are endless. With this genre, the shapes are often body-obscuring: think loose tops and wide jackets. To balance it out, get a pair of well-fitted denim that sits just above the ankle, in a 90s light-blue wash. Because fall can be gloomy at times, why not inject some life and colour to your outfits? Choose your puffer jacket in a bright colour, and show off your most precious sweater. Accessorize it with it a toque (yes, it’s time) and shoes that match the jacket.