Monday, February 22, 2010

the boyfriend

We can't get enough of boyfriend pieces! Needless to say we're pretty excited about a lot of the items we just got in. Slightly oversized yet tailored at the same time; that's the magic of menswear-inspired looks.

But now it's not just boyfriend jackets and shirts; women everywhere are indulging in the comfort and style of boyfriend cardigans and (our favorite) the boyfriend jean.

Some may think that these pieces are only for the fashion-ambitious, but creating the perfect balance between the feminine and masculine is super easy.

Take this BB Dakota Reagan Jacket. When paired with the right items, this is a stunning piece that anyone can pull off. We suggest a pair of skinny jeans to counter the boxy shape and larger proportion of the jacket. Add a brightly-colored, ruffled or otherwise feminine blouse underneath and voila! Chic and sophisticated.

The Riley is a boyfriend jean from none other than Citizens of Humanity. Now we all know that CoH can make one awesome pair of jeans but this pair is a sure contender for the most comfortable piece of clothing in your closet. Made from the softest denim you've ever felt, these feel just like your boyfriend's broken jeans (sans the stains and holes).

The tailoring of the Riley is thoughtful and subtle. They aren't merely made a size larger, but are perfectly proportioned to create the same style as a pair of men's jeans. With the leg tapering out at the top of the thigh, a slightly baggier front, larger back pockets, and just slightly bigger fit, these give just enough of boyish charm without swallowing your body whole.

Our favorite way to wear these? Roll them up slightly above the ankle, add your highest heels and your chunkiest jewelry. This is such an instant classic, pair with your favorite fitted tee or your most elaborate blouse; either way you'll have a timeless and totally adorable look.

Ah, the boyfriend cardigan.

This particular version; the BB Dakota Cora Sweater, is truly a thing of beauty. It's another piece with subtle tailoring differences, like the longer length and dropped shoulder seam. It also has the perfect neutral color; an ultra light gray that maintains masculinity while inspiring versatility.

While the boyfriend cardigan may be the easiest to wear with anything, we love it with dresses. Short, tailored and brightly-printed dresses to be specific. But don't feel limited! This is also a great piece to layer over a colored top and skinny jeans with ballet flats or boots for the ultimate style and comfort.

Try rolling up the sleeves and stacking bangles or menswear-inspired watches (or both)! There are a million ways to wear these classic pieces.

Do you have a favorite way to wear them? Let us know! We love to hear from you!

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