BORROW FROM THE BOYS

There’s a certain nonchalance about borrowing from the boys, the timeless effortlessness of donning a suit a la Annie Hall. However it has become more and more apparent that women aren’t only borrowing but in fact heading straight to the men’s section and purchasing garments for themselves without the bat of an eyelid. Albeit nowadays a woman in the menswear department isn’t exactly an exotic creature – every smart woman knows that when it comes to fabric and construction that menswear is notorious for being superior not least more affordable. It is well-known that less styles are produced in menswear as opposed to womenswear and this discrepancy in production means that ultimately more attention is paid to the subtle details and quality. 

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Come to think of it there isn’t one woman I know who doesn’t own a men’s sweater, boyfriend jeans or in the very least t-shirt and I, myself must confess to being an unashamed hoarder of men’s shirts. There’s just an undeniable comfort and ease in wearing menswear whether it be putting on a sharp-shouldered blazer or simply an oversized sweater. Women are starting to play a greater role in menswear’s burgeoning sales and where women’s clothes are concerned it is apparent that designers and retailers are slowly starting to cotton on to the fact that borrowing from the boys means big business. Wales Bonner is perhaps the perfect example of this, recently launching a womenswear capsule – a continuation of her AW18 menswear collection which explores masculinity from a female perspective. One cannot help but ponder if this demise of the dichotomy of dressing has something to do with the fact that what people (regardless of gender) are ultimately attracted to is great design. And at the end of the day no-one should be bound to buying clothes simply because of who it may or may not be intended for. One should always have the freedom to wear whatever makes them feel good – undeterred by labels.  

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