Carmen Hamilton: Borrowed from the Boys Fashion Style

The “borrowed from the boys” fashion style is an evolving trend that has been prominent within streets. This is because the boys have fully mastered the effortlessly cool look and borrowing some ideas and pieces from them gives an edgy and boyish touch to your style.

The Aussie Vogue editor, Carmen Hamilton, is the style blogger behind The Chronicles of Her. She is known for her androgynous style borrowed from the boys that can be seen in her outfits featuring menswear-inspired pieces, such as oversized sweaters, brogue and oxford shoes, trilby hats, and button-down shirts. If you’re feeling like getting a little masculine edge to your style then keep scrolling to scoop some tricks.

Borrowing from the boys doesn’t always suggest literally wearing men’s outfits but it’s about playing with contrast and symmetries. Men’s clothing is comfortable and fantastic. And as a woman, you may like to dress masculine with a feminine twist on any given time, so mixing and matching menswear items creates a unique style.

You may start small by exploring men accessories. There are so many pieces such as brogues, oxfords, trilby hat, men’s watch, or bow-tie that you can add to a look to get that menswear feeling. Just accent them with more feminine items.

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For instance, you may add oxfords or brogues for lovely masculine attire. Still, balance the masculinity of the shoes with a feminine blouse and jeans, or a midi skirt and cropped top. Try one trilby hat in the summer to keep things trendy, but keep in mind to keep the rest of your look effortless and not too “done.” Men’s watches look great when mixed with other bracelets. You may also wear ties, bow-ties, and suspenders but mix them with a slim button-down or shift dress. Adding in men things to an outfit is a perfect way to gain that ‘cool girl’ look.

There is something timeless and classy about wearing menswear when you are caught in one of those “nothing to wear” times. Men’s buttoned down shirt, oversized sweaters, tuxedos, and suits are a great preference to give your any outfit an instant cool edge.

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The boyfriend or a button-down shirt is a great piece to mix into your wardrobe since the fit is a bit looser and simple. You could wear a button-down shirt while the collar popped as what Carmen did. Team it with a skirt or jeans then toss on a great pair of heels for a good contrast. Roll up the sleeves of a button-down shirt, and swipe a red lipstick for a feminine punch.

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Sometimes you just want an oversize sweater to wear all year round. But remember, menswear inspired does not mean sloppy or baggy clothing. So, mix slouchy items with tailored pieces. In order not to look sloppy, play on the contrast, tailoring, and shape by mixing in your feminine pieces such as heels, skinny jeans, shorts, or a scoop-neck top. Wear it over a hyper-feminine lace or floral dress to add a little toughness to a look. Or, you may belt your waist to give it more shape.

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Since the fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent, introduced “Le Smoking” as a female tuxedo, the piece can no longer really be regarded as simply a male garment. There is something very captivating about seeing a woman dress in a tuxedo that has been designed to fit her perfectly. The key is in the tailoring so be sure to invest in a great quality tuxedo and have it tailored to fit you perfectly.

Stay true to your fashion style. You shouldn’t feel like you’re wearing a costume since you have a lot of selections when it comes to styling menswear inspired look. Stay feminine, edgy, and creative to walk the streets with your style!

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