THE BOY IN ME




Women wearing men's trousers isn't a new thing: Katherine Hepburn wore high-waisted pleated trousers in the thirties, Audrey Hepburn black cigarette pants, and Marlene Dietrich made trousers look glamorous and sexily androgynous. Slacks became a real style statement as opposed to simply utilitarian.
Men's trousers and in particular denim jeans are making their mark again in the world of womenswear. The skinny jean (once a style revolution and today seen on everybody's legs) is being replaced by the "boyfriend", which as the name clearly suggests, is simply girls wearing their boyfriend's jeans. I own a slouchy pair of Nudie stolen from my boy's wardrobe a while ago. I find that when I wear them I acquire a sexy cool nonchalence, a resolutely chic and feminine attitude which I love and it makes me adventurous. The comfort factor is a glorious plus in favour of the boyfriend trousers in the "skinny versus baggy" debate! I team them with gladiator sandals, wedges, heels or ballet flats. They look good with everything. Designers like the adored Alexander Wang perfectly understand this modern approach to wearing men's trousers and have embraced it in their collections. If you don't fancy the rolled up boyfriend denim you can try high-waisted slouchy men's trousers from Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Acne, Philip Lim, Yves Saint Laurent or Top Shop. There is something so sophisticated and seductive about a girl in men's trousers but of course it's all about how you wear them...

Photos: WWD, Current/Elliott

7 comments:

detour said...

yes i love boy's trousers too...but only with feminine accesorizes!

Richel said...

I have a pair of jeans I'm trying to make look boyish. It's a fun look that I definitely want to try out.

WendyB said...

I'm loving this look -- I agree with Detour though -- I'm only doing this with heels. On the other hand, I do everything with heels.

ambika said...

I'm definitely going to be on the look out for slouchy, straight leg jeans. Not sure if I'll roll them, but I love the look on others.

a. said...

i love the first set of photos.

now if only i could find myself a boytoy to steal some denim from...

x

MyraMyra said...

I'm loving the preppiness of boyfriend jeans thus far. Plus there's just those days one doesn't feel equipped to squeezing into skinny jeans.

July Stars said...

Detour: with or without accessories, I love them!

Richel: It's a cute look and I think a lot of girls will be trying it out this autumn. Top Shop is already selling their own version of the "boyfriend"!

Wendyb: They look cool with ballet shoes or gladiators too but yes, knowing your blog, I wouldn't think that you would try this look in flats!!!

Ambika: You have to roll them!

a.: Hey sweetie, I'm sure you have a long line of boys waiting to go on a date with you = lots of denim! Hehehe

Myra: I couldn't agree with you more!