Lately, Fashion Forwards have been giving a lot of love to their boyfriends (at least in the sartorial sense). The androgynous sensibility that has let our wardrobes relax with boyfriend jeans, shorts, and blazers now offers up another masculine-meets-feminine iteration: the boyfriend shirt. But how to wear it without looking like one of the guys? Balance the volume on top with something fitted below.
A pic of Rihanna on Who What Wear caught my eye for how she works an oversized shirt into a decidedly body-con ensemble: she layers a sheer button-down over a bright tank, and tucks it into a pair of cutoff shorts. This sexy-not-sloppy look can be achieved with a white Elizabeth and James shirt or an off-shoulder Alexander Wang button-down layered over a bright bra. Also, in this pic, shopbop stylist Natalie shows us how to work a plaid bf shirt with cutoffs while avoiding the just-off-the-farm look (hint: it involves a tailored blazer and statement jewelry).
If you’re the type of gal (like me) who gravitates towards waist-defining styles, cinch a bf shirt with a belt – wide or skinny – and pair with leggings. (Agyness Deyn has inspired me to throw a tough moto jacket over the whole ensemble.) And for a tomboyish counterpoint to a skin-baring bikini, throw on an unbuttoned bf shirt and flat sandals for a day at the beach – try something in nautical navy, like this style by Rag & Bone.