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Borrowing From The Boys: Menswear Items To Incorporate Into Your Look

It's high time we forget "borrowing from the boys" and invest in pieces that are yours, and yours alone.

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As a huge fan of menswear - mainly for the oversized silhouettes and understated sexiness - the resurgence of this aesthetic is every bit in my wheelhouse. In a sea of second-skin Gucci one-pieces and nostalgic high rise g-strings, one can be thankful for the coziness that accompanies a trend like this. While incorporating menswear has been around for over a century, it has been adopted by girl bosses and mega-influencers alike in recent years.

Dating back to the early 1900s when men's workwear was adopted by women during the war, incorporating menswear into your wardrobe is among one of the classic easy ways to freshen up your look. Traditionally loose-fitting and long-lined clothing belonged exclusively to the boys, but that is quickly becoming extinct. It's high time we forget "borrowing from the boys" and invest in pieces that are yours, and yours alone.

The history of menswear revolves around reinvented basics, simplistic designs, and neutral palettes. The silhouette is primarily loose-fitting, which allows for a lot of layers and interesting pairings - the remnants of which trickled on the spring and summer trends over the last few years. It's even entered the arena of suiting, with casual suiting becoming more prominent in womenswear and especially in the wake of the pandemic.

It might come as a surprise, but incorporating menswear into your wardrobe is the simplest way to freshen up your everyday look. If you're scared to take the plunge or unsure what pieces are worth investing in, here are chic 5 ways to add traditional menswear to your 2021 wardrobe.

1. The Structured Boyfriend Blazer

The easiest way to incorporate menswear into your everyday look is by adding loose-fitting outerwear. While you can opt for a trench coat or puffer jacket in the colder months, a structured boyfriend blazer is the chicest option. The lines elongate your torso while the structured shoulders create a dynamic silhouette on a female figure.

2. The Perfect Button Up

On every runway from Balmain to Valentino, the perfect crisp button-up is a huge staple piece for 2021, especially during the spring and summer months. There's an understated sexiness to styling an oversized button-up with high-waisted pants and a sexy bralette. For an even more casual slay, pair with neutral but monotone biker shorts or one-piece (as pictured).

3. Relaxed Fit Trousers

A trend that combines the comfort of working from home and with the formality of traditional menswear, relaxed trousers are going to be big again this year. With a bevy of styles, colors, and cuts available across many designers and retailers, you can find a pair for just about any occasion.

4. Dad Sweater Vest

It's versatile and able to be worn throughout the seasons. Vests are forecasted to be everywhere this year, whether more fitted or oversized. With any trend piece, the more natural way to style it is to pair with your most loved pieces. In the colder months, you can use it as a base layer piece styled over your favorite button-ups or flowy blouses. In the springtime, I'd style it up with a great pair of trousers and a decorated, lacy bralette peeking through.

5. Loafers

The longevity of loafers is reason enough to invest and add them to your wardrobe. Loafers are the perfect transitional footwear, whether you're running from a late meeting to drinks with the girls, or playing smart over a weekend trip; you cannot go wrong with loafers. With the introduction of backless loafers (thanks, Gucci!), there's no doubt that loafers are the staple for your big-girl wardrobe.

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