By Mahvish Ahmed
Blurring away the gender binary will help you in more ways than you can imagine. Imagine getting equal employment opportunities, equal pay, but more importantly, a chance to ace your style game. Yes, if you’re bored of your usual white-tee-blue-denim combination, then consider invading your father, brother, or boyfriend’s wardrobe (or the men’s section at high street store).
Wearing well fit dresses and walking around in high heels can be archaically stylish but, when done right, nothing can be sexier than donning some masculine garb.
Here are 10 men’s clothing items you need to get hold of and some ideas to help you cross dress in a super stylish way.
The Classic Button Down
A classic white button down shirt will give you a cool, boxy look. Roll up the sleeves, pair it with ripped denim, summer sandals, and add a dainty necklace for a feminine touch. You can also tuck in one side and leave one out for a relaxed feel.
To wear it at night, team it up with black leather pants and a black lace choker. Leave your hair in soft waves, sport some maroon lippy, and FTW!
His jeans instead of boyfriend jeans
Why spend on the trending boyfriend jeans from the women’s department when you can get the same look in less from the men’s section? Try out the skin fit jeans in the male section and go for a belt to secure them and cuff them, if they are a little too long. We bet you will get more comfort as well as a break from the overdone skinnies.
You can pair it with a black off-shoulder top, a cool pair of reflectors, and embroidered denim loafers.
P.S. Check out the embroidered denim loafers at Chapter 13.
Play red riding hood
A black, men’s pullover hoodie paired with red pants is casual-chic style done just right. Wear huge silver hoops, and opt for a no makeup look and a messy bun.
For the love of Paul Smith
If you have ever felt that women’s Peshawari chappals are uncomfortable (especially around the toe area of your feet), go for classic tan ones made for the boys. They will work very well with your kurta shalwars and even your casual t-shirt and jeans combo.
Add a tan cross body bag and ethnic rings plus arm candy to glam up the look.
Watch where you’re going
Chunky jewelry is in fashion so why not wear a men’s watch once in a while? Wear some beaded bracelets in different colours along with the watch and a leather band to let your wrist do the talking. You’ll definitely feel trendy and powerful after wearing one!
Say hi to the tie
Ties are not just a handy accessory for suits. They can be worn with your solid colored kurta or boyfriend shirt too! Get your hands on some quirky patterned ties and pair them with solid shirts on days when the regular shalwar kurtas or cold shoulder tops feel boring.
A white oversized kurta screams boho-chic and you know exactly where to find it! Leave the top button open and wear it with a shalwar, lacha (yup, those are IN) or distressed denims. You can also simply drape the kurta as a dress and cinch it at the waist with a belt.
Add dull gold bracelets or two and load on a bold lip color for a hi-fashion look.
Waist that NOT
Get your hands on a navy blue pin striped waist coat and wear it with a grey fitted t-shirt (or even a white cotton shirt) for a super chic look. You can pair it with white skinnies or wide legged pants to complete the look.
Don’t forget to add some bling wit a silver sling, studs, and silver bracelet.
Camouflage the sweat
Grab a sweatshirt from the men’s section and pair it with camouflage pants (which are all the rage ATM), which can either be slim-fit or a more relaxed fit, depending on your style. Tie your hair in a messy ponytail and experiment with the colour of your shoes. We’re thinking bright yellow loafers!
Plaid it right
Play the queen of quirk with a red plaid men’s shirt paired with jeans and a black bomber jacket. Don’t forget to add a pair of cat eye sunglasses for some casual glam.