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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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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