Borrowed From The Boys: The Menswear Items You Need In Your Wardrobe

When I first sat down to talk about this look, the main focus was supposed to be about my current adidas obsession (I don’t know what it is – I’m like a magnet to anything adidas at the moment) but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that the obsession actually revolved around menswear in general.

In the last few weeks I’ve bought 3 items from the menswear department, planned at least 5 outfits taken from my boyfriend’s wardrobe rather than my own and lusted after almost everything within the asos vintage sportswear section – also, full of menswear.

While in New York (Did you hear I went to New York? LOL) we spent a lot of our time shopping, sussing out the streetwear labels that little old Northern Ireland will probably never be cool enough to stock (soz). Not that I was complaining, but all of these brands, the brands we were so excited to see in person, to visit and hopefully find a few steals were menswear labels. Supreme. Bape. Kith. Noah. I felt a little bit jealous that guys had all of these cool brands to shop from but the more I thought about it, the more I realised that all it took was a little creative thinking, maybe some tailoring and those brands could be ours too.

Boy, do I regret not buying that OVO t-shirt I tried on, the one I so foolishly talked myself out of buying because I was getting too deep into a rut of tomboy styling. It was a moment of true madness.

With the press of a few different keys on the keyboard, this post could very quickly and easily become a feminist, rant about gender equality in all walks of life, including fashion but that might be a slight spoiled brat reaction on my part. Let’s be honest, us women have it pretty good with our fashion options so I’ll hold back on that one. Despite the never ending array of designers, clothes, labels and brands available to women, I’m taking the grass is always greener approach and borrowing from the boys as well. What can I say, I’m greedy in my love affair with fashion and I’m not the only one.

Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of sports luxe, the rise of the power suit and of course, the rise of gender fluidity in the way we dress and shop. Boyfriend jeans and oversized sweaters accounted for, there’s also the fact that most menswear items are either made better or cheaper than items of similar styles stocked within the women’s department so who can blame us for borrowing from the boys every so often? It’s time to embrace the androgynous moment fashion is so determined to have because believe me, it’s not going anywhere fast.

Next time you’re shopping, consider adding these items from the men’s department to your basket:-

Washed Denim Shirt, £24.99 at H&M

Blue Shirt, £12.99 at H&M

Sweatshirt with Text, £19.99 at Zara

Sweatshirt with Pockets, £59.99 at Zara

Basic Blazer, £59.99 at Zara

Military Jacket, £99.99 at Zara

Relaxed Fit Jeans, £39.95 at Gap

Photos by Kellie Scott

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  1. April 19, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Niamh, this is so good! I’ve been addicted to shopping in the menswear section recently, I need to hunt for that grey Zara jumper xx

    • Niamh Serena
      April 19, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, I think I’ll be adding the zara sweatshirts to my cart in the near future. In love with men’s shirts too! xx

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