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Oh boy! Outfit ideas inspired by the guys
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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.  

 

The topcoat

 


 

 

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

 


 

Fuzzy Bouclé Crewneck - Zinc, Recycled Wool Wide Leg Pant - Dark Green

 

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

 


 


The Explorer Winter Puffer Jacket with 3M™ Thinsulate™ - Red
, The Billie Relaxed-Fit Jean

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.

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