By Aissatou Marafa-Abbo, Spring 2015
Playing with gender standards has long been embraced in fashion. Dressing boyish (with a sexy touch) provides a fun change of direction, especially given my regular preference towards the girly dress and heels combo. Certain street style influencers basically have sexy tomboy styling down to a fool-proof formula: just toss in a touch of borrowed-from-the-boys fashion to an otherwise curve-flattering look. Balance is the key when it comes to androgynous chic. I learnt that the hard way, having picked the wrong, baggy head-to-toe look too many times.
Here’s a roundup of menswear-inspired essentials to stock the closet, along with some inherently feminine picks that help master the boyish art of dressing. And don’t forget to leave the hair loose. Let those relaxed waves throw in a twist of carefree attitude.
A good pair of boyfriend jeans is a timeless staple, and nothing screams androgynous chic louder than this trusty pair. Combining a pale wash, just the right dose of dipped details and a slightly slouchy fit, these jeans pair well with a fitted tank top and oversized accessories for statement femininity.