Women have the best of the best when in comes to styling choices. We have transformative jewelry, shoes and bags; pieces that can take a look from “blah” to “O-M-G.” Every imaginable cut of dress available. Skirts that can simultaneously differ and build on each other; a-line, maxi, midi, mini, full and pleated. Not to mention all of the other styles for our bottoms; pants, shorts, culottes and bermudas. With our endless options, there’s even a whole other genre to choose from! And those are our borrowed from the boys looks. 

There was a time when wearing boyish attire was considered a youthful fad, you know…“oh, she’s just finding herself.” But today, that awkward phase has become something totally tomboy chic. And it’s all about balance! Those pieces that are borrowed should be effortlessly incorporated into your style, Rude girl Rih-Rih has the look down pat. 


Photo Credit: Zimbio


Don’t be afraid to borrow from the boys; do add a feminine twist. To successfully pull off the look, you’ll need a few key pieces.


Boyfriend Jeans & Shirt


Borrowed From The BoysBottom: Re/Done NO. 23RS16856D
Top: Thom Browne Portland Poplin Shirt 


These are two of the easiest pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe. They’re both very versatile and can be dressed up or down. The jeans look great with sneakers or strappy sandals, while the top can be worn traditionally, around the waist or as an outerwear piece.  


Wide Brim Hat


Borrowed From The BoysGladys Tamez Millinery ‘Cancer’ Hat


The trick to rocking a men’s hat is confidence. Don’t think of it as a tool to hide hideous hair, but as the outfit boosting accessory it truly is.  


Crewneck Sweater


Borrowed From The BoysZady .01 The Sweater in Charcoal, Light Grey, and Natural 


The crew neck is ideal for a casual, polished look. Add a pencil skirt to the style above and a pair of classic pumps and you’ve got the perfect work outfit. Add a statement necklace, an embezzled clutch, swap out the pumps for a strappy sandal, and you can take the look from day to night, just like that!   




52381F000032_2Thom Browne’s Black Leather Longwing Brogues


Aside from being a prep school staple, the look also lends itself to the fashionista. They’re the perfect alternative to a casual Friday sneaker or ballerina flat. A chunky knit sweater with skinny jeans or cute mini skirt with funky tights would go nicely with this pair. 


Author’s Pick


Borrowed From The BoysAccessories: Henri Bendel West 57TH Cosmetic Clutch, Shashi Cosmo Yello Watch Gold
Blazer: Thom Browne Classic Little Boy Jacket
Bottom: L’Agence Chantal Vintage Skinny
Shoes: Gershwin Jeffrey Campbell 


Remember, borrowing from the boys does not have to be literal, it’s a style that you make your own. These are just a few staples that women have been adding to their wardrobe, and there are lots more! Comment below with your faves!

And feel free to show us your borrowed from the boys look on Instagram @styleblendmag and @isokeMK.

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