Do you know how many iterations of boyfriend-style garments exist in the fashion world these days? Chances are you do because you have at one point bought or seen others wearing a sweater, jeans, blazer et al. of this variety. Maybe you’re even wearing a boyfriend cardigan right now!
I love a pair of perfectly tailored skinny jeans just as much as the next person, but the immediate comfort that I feel when I pull on my favorite grey boyfriend sweater from J. Crew (with pockets!!) is really really tough to match. “Boyfriend” garments have found their way into the forefront of daily dressing for so many women not just this in decade but in generations before. Take Diane Keaton in arguably her most recognizable and iconic role as Annie Hall. She took it to another level, stealing the heart of Woody Allen while playfully donning a white button-down shirt, vest, tie and a pair of khakis that truthfully look as if she grabbed them from a pile of laundry in Woody’s bedroom and threw them on because she was “running late,” but somehow still managed to look adorable.
Taking a page from Diane, Princess Diana, Lauren Hutton and the many women today who adamantly embrace the fact that you can look just as sexy and put together in a menswear-style blazer as you can in a skin-tight LBD, here’s to the boyfriend sweater, tee, vest, jeans, slacks, loafers, baseball cap, button-down shirt, (insert garment here).
She clearly just stole her boyfriend’s varsity jacket because she knew how instantly cool she’d look
Slouchy boyfriend jeans paired with the right heels and sweater are strikingly flattering
Navy boyfriend sweater
The perfect cashmere “Boyfriend Sweater” from J. Crew
Diane Keaton exploring dapper femininity as Annie Hall
Current/Elliot “The Boyfriend Jeans” via Shopbop.com
Just browsing for flowers looking effortless in a chambray she stole from her man
Elliot Lucca ‘Rosa’ Boot
J Brand “Boyfriend Vest”
Everlane Slouchy Pocket Ryan Tee
Princess Di completely understood casual cool style
Such an unkempt cuff can look polished with a pair of elegant heels
St. James long sleeved striped tee: quite possibly the most versatile, easy-to-wear shirt I’ve ever bought
Waist up style courtesy of Le Wardrobe d’ Husband
The wear-anytime chambray shirt. Just try to look smoother making a salad than this girl
Long Pinstripe Blazer from Zara
Lovely Lauren Hutton in a menswear button down shirt
Navy blue hats and borrowed-from-the-boys blazers via Zara
Rebecca Minkoff Iva Too Flat Loafers
Isabel Marant fisher “man” sweater
Into The Gloss’ Emily Weiss in a grey blazer a bold red lip
Unisex Chuck Taylors plus a handbag in a feminine shade of plum
Rebecca Minkoff, the talented and influential designer behind the brand known for producing clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories for “the Downtown Romantic,” has just added a jewelry collection to her eponymous line. I have admired Rebecca’s hip designs as well as her business savvy and her positive and empowering outlook on life that she spreads to her devotees (lovingly referred to by the brand as “Minkettes”) for quite some time. To be released for purchase any day now at Bloomingdales and Rebecca Minkoff, the collection showcases seemingly girly pieces with an added punch. A large chain link necklace with inset pave crystals, rose gold necklaces with edgy horn details, and sparkly art deco style earrings are just some of the pieces to look forward to.
| (clockwise from top left) jacket, Aqua | necklace, Rebecca Minkoff | ‘Romeo’ Ostrich Satchel, Rebecca Minkoff | velvet jeans, J Brand |
Rebecca Minkoff Jewelry | (clockwise from top right) Pave Horn necklace | Deco earrings | Flipped Pave bangle | Heart Stone earring |
(jewelry images courtesy of Refinery 29, Rebecca’s portrait courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff)