With the morning’s getting colder and darker (especially when getting up before 6am) it makes sense to start dressing for comfort. And for me this means reaching for a big baggy shirt.
Sizing: Because the shirt is baggy, sizing becomes almost irrelevant. Which means that thrifting becomes so much easier – most men’s sizes will work well, and you don’t even need to try them on.
Price: Even if you can’t find the right shirt second hand, men’s clothes are cheap! The shirt in the top photo was Â£14.99 from Uniqlo – they have an amazing range at the moment. AND, even if you’re my height, you can almost almost get away with wearing them as a dress.
Share-a-like: If you have a normal sized boyfriend then it’s likely his shirts will work on you. Unfortunately for me, so far this has only translated as my boyfriend borrowing my shirts and keeping all of his own for himself. If you’re single I suggest raiding the cupboards of your brothers of male friends… providing they wash regularly.
Concealment: Possibly the real reason I’m reaching for the bagginess at the moment – these shirts hide everything. Which is great when you’ve been eating like a pig due to stresses at work and essentially look like a skinny pregnant person. No joke.
Now, as people have previously commented on their difficulty of making a guy’s shirt work on a girl, there are a few things to bare in mind…
The bottom half: It goes without saying that if you’re going this baggy on the top half then the bottom half needs to be super-tight. Seek out the tightest jeans that you can squeeze into. Or reach for the leggings or THICK tights.
Heels: If you’re worried about looking butch/scruffy then you need heels… in fact, you also need fierce heels. Anything girly is going to look wierd with the top half. You need something chunky on the bottom to balance it out.
Jewels: As with all ‘basics’ outfits, the addition of jewellery is essential. Chunky metal stuff is good.
The face: If you’re dressing like a man, then it’s worth making a few minutes over your make-up to make sure you don’t feel like one. I’m wearing bright pink lipstick in the top photo, though I’m not sure you can tell.
The jacket: One thing that’s guaranteed to make your XL shirt feel less like a sack is throwing a slimmer fitting jacket over the top. You can pull the shirt cuffs out too.
Uniqlo shirt (size large)
Cheap Monday jeans
Office creeper heels
Photo two (size large)
Cheap Monday shirt
Emma Cook boots