We’ve all been there. Perhaps we’ve been staying over at our boyfriend’s house and needed to borrow his woolly jumper, or maybe you’ve used your dad’s tie to fashion the Alicia Silverstone look from Aerosmith’s Crazy. Either way, there’s always been something that’s drawn us to men’s clothing pieces and in the year of 2017 and gender fluidity, the trend is now more relevant than ever. Androgyny is going to be particularly big for Autumn-Winter 17.
Here are five fashion-forward pieces every woman must beg, borrow, steal from the men in her life.
Armani Jeans Barcode T-Shirt, £30
Well, it would be oversized for you. Unarguably the easiest to wear androgynous pieces, the boyfriend/brother/dad’s t-shirt is an evergreen wardrobe staple for both sexes. Not only does it look super cool and laid-back when thrown over a pair of your finest denim jeans or leggings, but you can also dress it up by tucking it into a high-waisted pencil skirt.
The inspiration for this season comes from A.Kira Design’s AW 17 catwalk, where women stayed feminine and men kept their masculinity through the designer’s array of gender-neutral designs. Follow in this designer’s footsteps by choosing a tee in a classic hue, such as white, grey or black for a wardrobe piece that will look great with everything and transcend seasons.
Relaxed Fit Knitted Jumper
Gant Merino Wool Crewneck Jumper, £50
Burberry’s AW 17 show was abundant with females dressed in androgyny, and their choice of clothing was relaxed fit knitted jumpers, paired with long-length boyfriend blazers and tailored trousers.
A relaxed fit knitted jumper is everything when the weather begins to get colder in Autumn. Not only is it incredibly comfy and snuggly, but it makes a serious style statement when combined with tailored trousers and boots that stomp.
Tunic-Length Boyfriend Blazer
Boohoo Double Breasted Smart Blazer, £16
Whether it’s single or double breasted, with two front buttons or five, a tunic-length boyfriend blazer is one of the hottest pieces right now. It had its first fashion moment last season when designers such as JW Anderson sent lightweight versions down their SS17 runways over long, flowing dresses. For AW17, tunic-length boyfriend blazers have gotten heavier and better.
Designers such as Malan Breton showcased beautifully tailored pieces in luscious Autumnal hues like midnight blue, mustard yellow and burnt red. Everything was fresh, oversized and packed a serious fashion punch.
Throw yours on over a knitted dress and combine it with heeled boots and a smile for a key transitional piece that makes you stand out for all the right reasons.
Moncler Black Wool Striped Beanie, £110
Designers such as Zadig & Voltaire used beanie hats to bring a pop of colour and an element of fun to their AW17 catwalks. Alternatively, designers such as Sean Suen went in a slightly different direction. They topped their serious classic black ensembles with a black beanie for some understated chic.
Whichever way you’re inclined, throw-on beanies can do so much more than just keep your ears warm for this upcoming season.
Loose-Fitting Tailored Shirt
D By D White Side Pocket Strap Shirt, £175
Where would we be without a loose-fitting tailored shirt? Definitely one to steal from your boyfriend as soon as you can, this piece is great for layering up as the weather gets colder. If it’s white, even better, as this neutral colour can be dressed up or down.
Last season, Margaret Howell showcased androgynous looks on her SS17 catwalk by dressing her models in overflowing shirts coupled with tailored trousers for outfits that screamed smart casual and cool.
Gender fluidity also reigned supreme for AW17 with designers such as Daks throwing on oversized knits over loose-fitting shirts to create sassy looks with plenty of attitude.
We understand that committing to masculine dressing can be a challenge if you’re used to showcasing feminine looks only. Whether you wish to dip your toe in the water by borrowing just one of these pieces from the men’s section, or you’re ready to go all out and grab as many options as you can, it’s all about careful selection. Pick items that compliment your personal style and add to your existing wardrobe.
Because one thing’s for sure, androgyny isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so why not embrace it?