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Borrowing from the boys! How to give your wardrobe a masculine style makeover

From chambray shirts to tailored trousers and chic loafers.

Borrowing from the boys! How to give your wardrobe a masculine style makeover

Some fashion trends come and go, but androgynous dressing has been a classic look since the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Greta Garbo traded 1930s petticoats for wide leg trousers and crisp white shirts.

Think striped shirts teamed with tailored trousers and loafers, or chambray denim shirts worn with skinny jeans.

We’ve seen A-listers like Angelina Jolie nail a full tuxedo suit on the red carpet, and modern style icons from Alexa Chung to Fearne Cotton borrow from their boyfriends’ wardrobes. Now, masculine looks are making their way into our wardrobes covering everything from smart workwear to relaxed weekend casual.

Think striped shirts teamed with tailored trousers and loafers, chambray denim shirts worn with skinny jeans, and plenty of stylishly oversized cuts.

Need a few ideas? Here’s our guide to borrowing from the boys…

Chambray Denim Shirts

A modern classic, the denim shirt will see you through all sorts. If you work in a more relaxed office, try tucking a buttoned up denim shirt into a black pencil skirt, or save it for the weekend and team with skinny jeans or leggings. They look great worn open over everything from dresses to vests too. Try this Long Length Button Up Chambray Shirt, £12.

Stripes and Checks

Shirts don’t end at denim - go for stripes to smarten things up, a pinstripe is perfect for work, or play with checked prints on the weekend worn with denim. A classic buttoned white shirt is perfect for every occasion too - try teaming this Long Length Shirt, £12, with a pair of smart black tapered trousers.

Tailored Trousers

Whether you prefer a wide leg or slimmer fit, tailored trousers are the perfect way to add a classy touch to any androgynous look. A good fit will make every body shape look fantastic, so go for shapes that flatter your silhouette. A little tuck from a seamstress can do wonders too, so don’t be afraid to take your trousers for a quick alteration.

Skinny Jeans

Ideal for teaming with oversized shirts, black and denim skinny jeans are a modern wardrobe staple. If you’ve struggled to find your perfect fit in the past, see the Ultimate Denim Guide from George, for tips on finding your second skin.


Perennially chic, loafers are the finishing touch for any androgynous look. Team workwear with these black Patent Loafers, £20, to rock smart style without any heels, or opt for softer shades and fabrics to dress things down come the weekend. These off-duty Tassel Detail Loafers, £14, are ideal for smart-casual dressing.