14 Closet Essentials for Women Who Love Menswear
Sometimes it’s more fun to shop for your boyfriend/brother/dude friend than it is to shop for yourself. If you get super jealous of the variety of boss button-downs, dope sweatshirts and trendy shoes that only come in men’s sizes, you may be suffering from menswear envy. The struggle is real! Not to worry — we dug deep into some of our fave retailers to find pieces that are brilliantly inspired by menswear but designed and proportioned for us gals. Check out our picks for the best masculine-meets-feminine pieces you’ll want to add to your spring capsule wardrobestat.
1. Topshop Color Block Textured Sweatshirt ($68): While we love an old-school hoodie, nothing gets us cozy quite like a rad sweatshirt. This color-block catch would look great on your boyfriend, but so much better on you. Scuba gear fierceness on land? Why not?!
2. Urban Outfitters Wooly Color Block Baseball Hat ($29): It doesn’t get much more tomboy chic than this cap. In a black and white tweed that matches any jean-and-tee combo, you’ll be ready for game day every day.
3. Bucketfeet Swallows and Amazons Slip Ons ($68): These kicks will literally put some spring in your step. This floral take on the classic canvas slip-on puts a femme spin on a boyish shoe. These shoes will amp up the most casual of outfits, whether it be a girly skirt or boyfriend jeans.
4. Mango Boyfriend Angie Jeans ($60): This is the reliable unisex denim cut gone punk. Rock them with heels or trainers — they’ll look dope no matter how you style them!
5. Topshop Wolf Print Shirt ($100): Be a one-woman wolf pack while rocking this awesomely graphic button-down. Boyish and badass, this short-sleeve shirt will take you from desk to dinner, no sweat.
6. Madewell Cloud-Dye Tee ($40): The sky’s the limit when it comes to this fashion-forward take on tie dye. Wear it with your favorite boho maxi come festival season, or under a blazer to maximize the menswear feel.
7. ASOS Harem Joggers ($36): Now here are some joggers we’d come running for. Wear them out for a walk around your hood or use ’em as your weekend Netflix-and-chill uniform.
8. Zara Striped Bermuda Shorts ($30): Guys can rock a preppy look, but girls do it better. These striped shorts are country-club ready, and you don’t even need a polo to sport them right. Tennis, anyone?
9. Levi’s Boyfriend Trucker Jacket ($88): Enter the ombre jean jacket of our dreams. Two-toned and totally cool, this boyfriend jacket will be the envy of, well, your boyfriend.
10. Topshop Gingham Cigarette Trousers ($75): Man up with this classic print and slim cut. These trousers are the fiercest dad pants you will ever lay eyes on.
11. American Apparel Amelia Jacket ($88): Who said bomber jackets were just for the boys? This lightweight zip-up is a spring closet essential, and the blush shade adds a girly vibe to an otherwise boyish cut that’s totally bomb.
12. J.Crew Rhodes Blazer ($178): Schoolboy fashion has never been so fierce. This green-and-gold stunner preps up any look, whether it’s skinnies or a mini.
13. ASOS Ankle Grazer Cigarette Pants ($46) and Slim Tailored Jacket ($68): Time to suit up! This traditionally masculine ensemble gets a feminine makeover in a gorgeous shade pf pastel purple, bringing new meaning to the concept of girlboss.
14. American Apparel Poly-Cotton Cropped 3/4 Sleeve Raglan ($22): Tomboys can totally rock a crop top too! This baseball tee is comfiness incarnate, but with a definite edge. Rock it with high-waisted jeans and a summer full of park-lounging.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com