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How to Raid Your Boyfriend’s Closet (or Just Look Like You Did)

In Fashion and Style on November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Don’t even try to tell us you haven’t worn any of your guy’s clothes (to clear the air, we are not talking about his skinny jeans, but if that were the case, perhaps you should be having a talk with him). Even if it’s just one of his T-shirts to sleep in, there’s just something so appealing about wearing his stuff. Boys clothes are comfortable…period, and on us ladies, the look is effortlessly sexy.
It’s no wonder why menswear-inspired style’s been so hot these past few years. Style icons, too, are no strangers to boyfriend dressing: think Patti Smith and Kate Moss (pictured above, far right). And your favorite kind of jacket’s called a “boyfriend blazer,” isn’t it?
Here, we’ve listed the kinds of key pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe that look like they were stolen right from his—granted, of course, his closet isn’t just a clutter of sweatpants and basketball shorts. (Also, don’t worry if you don’t have a boy to steal from—all the below pieces are available online!).
On the Top
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop
For blazers, go for a slouchy fit, like this one from Topshop ($130,topshop.com). Wear a casual T-shirt underneath and tuck into men’s-style trousers (with a skinny leather belt, see photo above) or skinny jeans.
Photo: Courtesy of Old Navy
Check out the men’s section at stores like Old Navy for classic button-up shirts ($20, oldnavy.com), and wear them oversized over skinny pants.
Photo: Courtesy of Delia’s
A letterman or varsity jacket ($59.50, delias.com) is the perfect pullover for fall. Go for one without too many patches for versatility.
Photo: Courtesy of Uniqlo
A roomy wool sweater in a collegiate, straightforward color like heather gray, brown, or navy ($89.90, uniqlo.com) goes great over tights and boots. Wear a denim or plaid button-up shirt underneath and peek out the collar. (Disclaimer: wear shorts over the tights!)
Photo: Courtesy of Mr Porter
The white crew neck T-shirt is a key staple ($38, mrporter.com). Wear it with jeans, of course, but for a feminine touch, roll up the cuffs to bare your ankles and slip on a pair of heels. Throw on a brightly colored cardigan or chunky sweater.
On the Bottom
Photo: Courtesy of The Gap
Who doesn’t love a pair of cords? Go for straight leg ($70, gap.com) and wear with heels or boots.
Photo: Courtesy of American Eagle
The boyfriend jean ($39.50, ae.com) is a must-have in every girl’s closet.
Photo: Courtesy of Topshop
A pair of high-waisted trousers ($85, topshop.com) is perfect for your internship (and your interview!). Tuck in a fitted tank or a pussy-bow blouse, and top it off with a cropped jacket or blazer.
Photo: Courtesy of Madewell
Socks ($11, madewell.com)! The thicker, the better.
Photo: Courtesy of Kohl’s
Another classic staple: The penny loafer ($65, kohls.com). Go for genuine leather, since these bad boys will last a lifetime.
Photo: Courtesy of Converse
Stake out an iconic pair of kicks, but with a stylish flair, like these leather Jack Purcells ($60, converse.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Nordstrom
Trade in your Uggs for a more rustic boot option, like these desert boots by Clarks ($100, nordstrom.com).
Real Guys Accessorize
Photo: Courtesy of The Gap
Tie your hair into a messy bun and top off your look with a classic fedora ($25,gap.com).Photo: Courtesy of ASOS
Wear a loose skinny tie ($11, asos.com) over a plain button-up.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Suspenders ($20, urbanoutfitters.com) give any outfit an easy edge.
Photo: Courtesy of Kohl’s
Add a large-faced watch with a rugged leather ($56, kohls.com) band to instantly toughen up your look.
Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew
Same idea with a worn-in, thick leather belt ($48, jcrew.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Nobis
A thick, hand-knit beanie (nobis.ca) is a good reason to never spend timestyling your hair again, and you don’t have to hit the slopes to wear one.
Photo: Courtesy of ASOS
Throw everything in an all-business leather or canvas tote ($45, asos.com).
(spotted at Elle Girl)
  1. I love love love the blazer… I've really been wanting one!

  2. They look so cute! I love that first outfit, lovely sweater!

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