The boyfriend shirt is, of course, not to be confused with your boyfriend’s shirt. Or is it? Summer 2014 could be the time for raiding the wardrobe of a boyfriend, brother, male friend, or whoever. The origin of the name is obvious, and while your boyfriend may wonder what all the fuss is about, to you it’s a cosy comfy wrap-around, with amazing versatility for endless variations on the theme.
Don’t think we’re being creatively lazy if we suggest pairing with denim. We never tire of this fabric, and jeans are just so suited to the boyfriend shirt. It goes without saying that the more ripping, the better. Top with a hat, perhaps a panama, maybe felt. Then pull on a bomber jacket in denim or leather when coolness comes.
Be the bee’s knees and show your own, with shorts under an oversize shirt. We’d say choose ripped or distressed denim again, of course. You could substitute a mini for a similar effect – pick a heavy material or leather for the best look. Tuck parts of the top randomly into it, and loosely roll the sleeves to be really chic. For an alternative take, tie at the front waist.
Team with skinnies or leggings and killer heels, and frame your face with statement sunglasses. Hunt out patterns and plaid, or dazzle with stripes and spots – who says men’s clothes are dull? It certainly wasn’t us.
Keep your manly garment in touch with its feminine side by hanging with long strings of pearls and gold chains, or by pinning with flowers. Chunky jewellery works, too, if it’s colourful and girly. Keep bags on the small side, and paint your lips in candy pink.
No boyfriend? No problem (cynics would agree with that). Get along to your local charity shop – there tend to be less bargain-hunters buzzing around the men’s rails most days, so you’ll have plenty of choice. Of course, you could buy new, but second hand gives you at least a chance of acquiring something that may have been worn by someone’s boyfriend (but without the relationship issues).
Get a sexy twist for evenings with a single button fastening, especially if the shirt has a large pattern. It was good enough for Alexander Want and Rodarte, and for sure, the whole look rocks for us, leaving boyfriends everywhere searching for keys to lock their closets.
The featured photo is Andee Layne Wearing A Boyfriend Shirt From Forever 21, Distressed Skinny Jeans From Hudson, Sandals From Dolce Vita, Hat From Janessa Leone And Mirrored Sunglasses From Dita
Adriana Gastelum is wearing a blue linen boyfriend shirt from Gap, black ripped jeans from SammyDress, clutch from V37 and shoes from Coach
Katarina Vidic is wearing jeans from H&M, slip-ons from TopShop and a boyfriend shirt from Front Row
Kajsa Svensson is wearing a boyfriend shirt and trousers from Vero Moda
Sara Escudero is wearing an oversized pale blue shirt from Bershka, short from Levi’s, shoes from ASOS and the purse is from Antik Batik
Unknown fashion blogger wearing a baby blue boyfriend shirt, denim cut offs and bag Via Scent Of Obsession
Nicholl Vincent is wearing a white boyfriend shirt from ASOS and boyfriend jeans
Carmen Hamilton is wearing a white boyfriend shirt from Equipment and a hat from Eugenia Kim
Boyfriend shirt and denim shorts via Paulien
Trine Kjær is wearing a striped boyfriend shirt and a culottes
Isabella Thordsen is wearing a black oversized boyfriend shirt from ASOS
Tine Andrea is wearing a light blue boyfriend shirt, leather skirt and black converse
Charlotte Hellberg is wearing a striped boyfriend shirt from BikBok, shorts from Levi’s and the sunglasses are from Karen Walker
Camille Charriere is wearing a leather jacket from FWSS, blue boyfriend shirt from Rika, ripped denim jeans from Zara and the bag is from Chanel
Julie Sarinana Is Wearing A White Boyfriend Shirt From Silence & Noise, Denim Shorts From Levi’s, Espradilles From Vince, Bag From Proenza Schouler, Scarf From Christian Dior, And The Sunglasses Are From Raen
Mary Seng Is Wearing A Boyfriend Shirt From Current/Elliott, Jeans From Zara, Shoes From French Connection, Bag From Chanel And The Sunglasses Are From Rayban
Ellen Claesson Is Wearing A White Boyfriend Shirt From Ralph Lauren, Black Skirt From H&M, Sneakers From Stan Smith And A Bag From Céline
Cindy Van Der Heyden All In Black Oversized Boyfriend Shirt And Leather trousers From Gestuz, Tote Bag From Sophie Hulme And Sunglasses From RayBan
Paulien Is Wearing A Light Blue Shirt From Good Genes, Belt From IKKS, Distressed Denim Jeans And Bag From Michael Kors And Sunglasses From Celine
Boyfriend Shirt And Ripped Jeans. Photography By Tommy Ton