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Fashion Challenge: Borrow Something from a Boy’s Closet


Androgyny at its finest in “Annie Hall”

By popular demand, this week’s Fashion Challenge dares you to check out the closet of your brother, boyfriend, dad, or your best guy friend!

Androgyny has proven to stand the test of time in fashion. Not to mention, borrowing clothes from someone else is fun, and you’ll feel a little mischievous knowing your new favorite piece came from a boy! The only real tip I have for you is to not pair too many of these items together at once–we’re going for chic, not shacking up chic!

I’ve compiled a list of 5 ideas to get you started when rummaging through the favorite guy in your life’s closet. Happy hunting :)



Ahh, the classic boyfriend tee. The great thing about men’s t-shirts is that often they are cut straighter and longer than many girl’s styles, making them perfect to pair with your favorite skinny jeans. The more cozy and worn in, the better!


Nothing is as effortlessly chic as wearing a top from a boy’s closet. Be on the lookout for a blazer, cardigan, knit sweater, or dress shirt. Don’t worry if it’s a little big! Be sure to pair a boy’s top with a skirt, dress, or tighter cut jeans, and wear it with confidence!


Your BGF’s (best guy friend) or little brother’s closet is the perfect place to find accessories to give your outfit edge. Personally, I love men’s watches, belts, and sunglasses. Be on the lookout for hats, too; I snagged my favorite beanie from my BGF. It was a little too big for my head, so I pinned the back so it’s perfectly slouchy, similar to the beanies often rocked by fashion blogger Rumi Neely of FashionToast.

Grooming Products

Sometimes, the only thing that will soothe an irritated face or tame flyaway hair can be found in a boy’s bathroom! No shaving cream is thicker than those made for men, and those tiny scissors your dad uses to tame unruly hair can make perfect eyebrow trimmers. Boy’s cologne is fun to experiment with as well–Adidas Moves for Men is my personal favorite, it smells perfectly grapefruity with hints of black pepper.

Lucky Extras

If you’re really lucky, a boy in your life will be around the same size as you. Make the most of this situation by borrowing a pair of jeans, a worn out polo, a pair of shoes, or a pair of shorts for the extremely adventurous look.  A boy’s polo is my favorite–is it just me, or does it seem like a lot of girl’s polos are cut too short and wide? Pair it with a broken-in pair of jeans and your favorite boots for a look reminiscent of Serena in the Gossip Girl books (TV show Serena’s style is a little different than the original).

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What Do You Think?

What are your favorite things to borrow from a boy? Would you try this challenge, or do you believe it is a major faux pas? Have you ever worn a men’s cologne? What Fashion Challenges would you like to see in the future? Sound off in the comments!

Posted on on August 12, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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31 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Borrow Something from a Boy’s Closet”

  1. 1
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I think I have more of my guy friend’s clothes than I do my own :) They’re so comfy! Especially his sweaters!

  2. 2
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    re:boys polos YES YES YES!! i love them bt ones for girls do not fit that well.

  3. 3
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I borrow jackets & hoodies from my little brother all the time! the patterns are a lot more interesting than anything in my closet, plus they’re baggier & super comfy!

  4. 4
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ever since the oversize trend arrived it’s been more than possible to borrow guys’ clothes (and even shop in the men’s section, I own many a boy’s tee in XS!). Often guys’ clothes costs less too.

  5. 5
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Yeah you are so right about the girls polos!!! They all show my stomach and are too wide; they don’t flatter me! But I’ve never thought if trying boys polos. Good idea!

  6. 6
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Yay! I look borrowing guy’s stuff :) This why your posts are some of my favorite, Chelsea!

  7. 7
    August 12th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I would have loved to see outfits. I love guys’ clothes but always feel sloppy when I wear them.

  8. 8
    August 12th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’ll take the idea of the over size cardigan,male watch and the tee love this post

  9. 9
    August 12th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Dude accessories rock!! Gotta love male cardigans.

  10. 10
    August 12th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I love stealing my bf’s shirts!


  11. 11
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Those boy tees are awesome!

  12. 12
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    i LOVE mens clothes sooo much, esp cardigans and button up. BUT may i suggest mens underwear, yes underwear. mens briefs are sooo comfy and they fit like womens boyshorts BUT with a little more air. not to mention they’re less constricting if you get bloated a lot during that time of month.

  13. 13
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I’m all for stealing T-Shirt and Cardigans… Not sure about pants or shoes, I must say ;)

    Great idea!

  14. 14
    August 12th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve been stealing… uh I mean borrowing stuff from my brother’s closet for months now and I gotta say the clothes are much more comfortable and give my outfit an edge every time.

    but the polo was a great idea, i’ll have to try it :)

  15. 15
    August 12th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    fun challenge!!

  16. 16
    August 12th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I “borrowed” my boyfriends aviators so much that he just stopped asking where they were. To surprise him, I bought my own. :)

  17. 17
    August 13th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    my boyfriend is very slim, so his shirts are all smalls, which is fantastic for me! sometimes he wears my aa hoodies, or even small men’s shirts that I’VE bought! LOVE THIS!

  18. 18
    August 13th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Stealing a button down is classic but to be honest I actually love the idea of at least “attempting” to get into a guys pair of cargo shorts. I don’t think the jeans will work (esp. when considering the room in between the legs lol) unless the guy is a twig or one of those questionably too skinny jeans wearers. I feel like almost everything is possible and awesome when paired with tighter opposites to balance the outfit with the exception of bottom choices. So I think that’s why I would especially like to see a reader get featured wearing her boyfriendss or a guy friend’s cargo shorts! I would actually try it myself and send something in since my boyfriend is shorter than me so his smalls in guys fit my tallness for a girl. I steal his hoodies all the time but make it so it doesn’t look frumpy lol

  19. 19
    August 13th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    my boyfriend is really skinny, so i can definitely borrow his shirts – his t-shirts usually fit me fine, and his button downs and cardigans are justtttt a little bigger than what i’d normally buy, so i don’t swim in them, which is awesome. i hate my gigantic feet, but the plus size is my boyfriend and i can also share sneakers!

  20. 20
    August 13th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    one of my favorite pairs of shorts is a pair that i took when my brother outgrew them – so it is possible to wear guy pants! :)

  21. 21
    August 15th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I constantly raid my boyfriend’s closet for clothes I can incorporate into my wardrobe. I took basically all of his old band tees that no longer fit him, and even some sweaters and a pair of jeans! I’ve never tried his grooming products, but I definitely want to! Great ideas!

  22. 22
    August 15th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Am I the only person left in the world who would NEVER wear anything made for a male? Tailored-look or menswear-inspired, sure, but always made for a woman. I even try my best to avoid so-called unisex, which always means it was really created for men, who of course are a completely different shape. Of course, I have an hourglass figure and I despise very loose or baggy clothing, but even if I didn’t, I could never bring myself to wear a man’s garment – I find the whole idea rather disturbing., since in reality it’s crossdressing How many girls would like to see their boyfriends borrow a skirt and try smelling like roses, for a change? Perish the thought!!

  23. 23
    August 15th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I love stealing my friends clothes. I steal my guy best friends zip-up hoodies all the time. My favorite article of clothing is my guy friend’s plaid button-up that he let me steal after the end of the school year last year. I love to wear a cute white tank-top underneath the button-up and I tye it right under my chest to make it look more girly and chic! I also love to squirt guys cologne and walk through it that way I don’t have the complete smell on me but at the same time I have a hint of it.

  24. 24
    August 16th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    where is that watch from in the accessories?

  25. 25
    January 10th, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I’ve been taking clothes from my brother’s closet since high school ! lol From his ties to polos – all very cute. I made a few of his polos into dresses, and paired them with black tights, a belt, leggings (depending on the season), and keds. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments whenever I wore his clothes. A few people actually asked me if I had a secret boyfriend(;

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