I LOVE MENSWEAR. That should explain to you why you can sometimes see me sneaking out of the men’s department into the women’s changing rooms carrying gender opposite merchandise. Today I decided to share with you the very simple know-how to wearing menswear as a girl. The process also requires good negotiation skills if, like me, you borrow more than you buy men’s clothes. Sorry bro. Sorry dad. Sorry to all the guys who couldn't find their number at the stores because I bought it before them. Sorry, I am not really sorry.
1 | 4 Balance oversized sweaters with...
…short skirts/shorts. This is actually a very basic styling tip that is preferable for you to follow even when wearing female oversized clothes if you want to avoid looking like you are drowning in your clothes…which is sometimes the look I am going for. I have a very eclectic style, so I like mixing things up, but when I am wearing men’s clothes, I like making it less obvious and more awesome. Pairing my brother’s oversized sweater with this short skirt I made, makes me look slimmer and taller, thus giving my frame balance.
2 | 4 Perform the “tuck”, “belt” and"cover" tricks often
The “tucked-in top from the front” was a big trend few years ago, but it still works, regardless of trends. Let’s say, if you are wearing a big sweater like the one I am wearing in the photos, but you want to pair it with a pair of pants instead of a short skirt. I would always suggest tucking in your sweater from the front to pull attention to your waistline, or, even better, I would suggest belting it. It’s so simple. What I also do when wearing men's sweaters is to cover them up with a fitted blazer or a coat like the one I am wearing it in the photos so I visually reduce their size. I also pull out the sweater's sleeve edges from beneath the coat's so it creates the illusion of longer arms.
3 | 4 If you are buying menswear, try different sizes, even if you have a small frame
I strongly believe that perfect fit and good tailoring can go a long way. But, when styling actual menswear on girls, it doesn’t always work because, of course, it wasn’t tailored for the female body to begin with. In fact, in my experience, the more a piece fits me, the more obvious it looks that it’s menswear. Of course, this is not absolute truth and the opposite can be sometimes true, but just in case, get a bigger size and check yourself out in the mirror. Sometimes I find that the bigger the size, the cuter it looks.
4 | 4 Accessorize!
Clothes are not the only thing you can “borrow from the boys”. I love how structured men’s accessories are, so I am not stranger to borrowing (or even buying) bunch of them including watches, neckties, hats, belts, cuffs, and etc. I always say this, but it’s the structure in menswear that entices me.
And that would be it! If you have any advice or comments, don't hesitate to share them below! ^^
// coat and skirt: my designs
// ankle boots: Pull&Bear
// bag: gift
// sweater and hat: borrowed from my bro ^^