Pleated pants, striped cardigans, crisp button-ups, oversized watches, bow ties, and suspenders, there’s something sexy and sensual about a woman in her boyfriend’s clothing. The quirky trend is hardly over with the latest fall fashions featuring menswear-inspired clothing and accessories.
To help you channel your inner tomboy, we put together our top picks that are sure to charm their way into your closet and jewelry box this season. These understatedly feminine pieces accentuate the female form minus the girly frills. So whether you’re dating a dashing schoolboy, banker boyfriend, metro-chic geek, or a rockstar, we promise these looks are good enough for your dude but made for you.
Madewell Pindot Collar Boyshirt ($69.50). This tomboy chic button-up shirt has a charming Peter Pan collar that you can dress up with a statement bib necklace or polished bow tie. If you’re looking to go prep, style this button-up with a cowl- or V-neck sweater, like this Perfect Textured Sweater, also from Madewell, in Brilliant Rose. The sweater gives this look a bright pop of color without being too overwhelming. Complete this school boy (or girl) look with a perfect pair of pleated pants and suspenders from American Apparel or this ASOS Belted Pencil Skirt.
Terracotta New York’s The Leighton Bow Tie ($85). Terracotta New York’s menswear-inspired collection of bow ties, neck ties, and silk scarves have us drooling for these modern takes on the classics. Go geek chic with this red Leighton bow tie, which is made with 100% genuine leather, and wear it with a collared button-up shirt, like this Silk Boy Blouse in Tossed Hearts shirt from J.Crew or this Lauren striped silk blouse from Club Monaco. The sartorial prints in these button-up shirts add texture and dimension to this simple yet effortless office look.
J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Tipped Wool ($268). We all know how hard it is to find the right size blazer that fits your curves perfectly. This super flattering schoolboy blazer from J. Crew has leaner lines that accentuate the female form and is slightly shrunken as the original schoolboy blazer. Its seamless tailored lines give a slimming effect, so it doesn’t look and feel as boxy as men’s blazers. The added bonus? The ticket pockets at the waist can store small essentials, like your wallet, smartphone, and of course, lipstick!
Kate Spade New York ‘Metro’ Embossed Leather Strap Watch ($195). Gold-plated, rose-faced watches are quite the trendy accessory these days, but every man’s got a polished leather strapped watch. This bright red-orange Kate Spade croc-embossed leather strapped watch is a nice take on the boyfriend-inspired oversized watches. The mineral crystal, gold-plated face is simple yet elegant and makes the perfect statement piece to an understated menswear look.
BaubleBar Ice Crystal Mesh Collar ($44). Who says men don’t like to have a little bling? Ok, so they don’t wear necklaces, but this Ice Crystal Mesh Collar necklace from BaubleBar is a great way to add some glamour to your simple button-up shirts and collared sweaters. This collared necklace is so versatile; you can also wear it with strapless dresses, sleeveless vests, and even plain white Ts.
ASOS Trousers with High Waist and Soft Pleats ($50.63). There’s something whimsical yet sophisticated about a woman wearing high-waist, pleated pants. These loose-fitting, slouchy pair of pants add dimension to your overall look. The cinched waist gives it a feminine touch and accentuates your curves; the long lines of the pleats make you appear taller. Pair these classy pants with a fitted button-up blouse and a silk scarf, like this pink-and-gray silk printed scarf from Terracotta New York that you can tie into a bow around your neck.
Banana Republic Colorblock Whisper Cardigan ($59.50). Colorblocking goes to the next level with this three-toned cardigan sweater from Banana Republic. Neon yellow, gray, and navy colors clash beautifully in this V-neck, button-fronted sweater. This sweater makes a great transition piece for fall and looks great with a variety of pieces because it carries so many colors and palettes. You can make it your statement accessory when pairing it with a little black dress, or make it a texture piece by wearing it with a striped button-down shirt underneath and a pair of skinny jeans.
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– TIFFANY AYUDA