Menswear is ma­jor

Pow­er­ful, prac­ti­cal and stylish, make his wardrobe work for you.

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Make his wardrobe work for you

ev­ery­one knows that shar­ing is car­ing. And in our gen­der­fluid world that ap­proach also ap­plies to our wardrobes. Mean­ing that you could com­bine your cloth­ing bud­get with that of your part­ner and steer him in the di­rec­tion of great menswear or uni­sex col­lec­tions. Or, you could cut out the mid­dle-man (lit­er­ally) by tak­ing the best bits from menswear and past­ing them into your wardrobe.

Wear­ing menswear is the sign of the cool girl – think Janelle Monáe, Héloïse Letissier, Lorde and Solange Knowles. Fur­ther back, Coco Chanel lit­er­ally took clothes off the back of her lover Boy Capel and ac­tress Katharine Hep­burn shocked ’40s Amer­ica by wear­ing a man’s suit off-duty (her iconic look is still ref­er­enced by de­sign­ers to­day).

If the menswear on the cat­walk works as we-canall-dream fod­der for your Pin­ter­est board, shop­ping for it is a savvy way to add a tomboy edge in real life. Af­ter all, the trendi­est fash­ion in­sid­ers wear man-sized sweaters. And for a demon­stra­tion of how se­duc­tive this can be, just Google pho­tog­ra­pher David Bai­ley’s 1961 im­age of

Cut out the mid­dle man (lit­er­ally) by tak­ing the best bits of menswear and past­ing them into your wardrobe.

model Jean Shrimp­ton wear­ing a man’s sweater for your own in­spi­ra­tion.

Then, of course, there’s boyfriend shop­ping. Not for boyfriend-cut jeans, you un­der­stand, more like shop­ping for his clothes. Baggy trousers, like men’s straight-leg jeans belted into a pa­per-bag waist, look great with a half-tucked white shirt. Or try his out­er­wear sta­ples – a biker jacket, parka or padded jacket – over your cock­tail dress for a look that is more mod­ern than match­ing it with some­thing girlie; think Kate Moss in the ’90s. But the best thing about the style in gen­eral? Hav­ing a whole new trend to ex­plore with­out ever reach­ing for the credit card.

Menswear is the sign of the cool girl – think singers Héloïse Let­tisier or Lorde.

2015 Lorde in Nar­ciso Ro­driguez at the Golden Globe Awards.

2015 Janelle Monáe in Em­po­rio Ar­mani at the GQ and Gior­gio Ar­mani Grammy af­ter party.

2017 Kendall Jen­ner in Wolk Mo­rais while out in New York.

2011 Bey­oncé in Dolce & Gab­bana at the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards. 2014 An­gelina Jolie in Saint Lau­rent at the BAFTAS.

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