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How to Wear Boyfriend T-Shirts


Boyfriend tees
Photos via ELLE: 1, 2, 3

After checking out CF’s latest Fabulous Find – the nicely colored boyfriend trousers – I realized that wearing clothes that are inspired by or intended for the opposite sex is something every one of us should embrace. Men’s clothes are just as stylish as women’s clothes, but in my experience, they’re softer, more comfortable, and even have lower prices when they’re on sale.

So, how difficult is it really to wear an oversized, boy-style t-shirt? It’s easy as pie! Scroll on down to see how to style a boyfriend-style tee:

1. Show Some Leg

Boyfriend t-shirts have the amazing ability to make your legs look fantastic. My favorite way to wear these loose-fitting tops is with short skirts or leggings –  it makes your legs look slimmer and longer, which creates a flattering silhouette.

Below, I also included an alternative way of wearing the tee: if you think yours might be a little too large, try this trick – gather one side and make a small knot, allowing it to hang lower on the other side. Asymmetry rocks!

how to wear a boyfriend tee with a skirt and knee high socks

When wearing a longer t-shirt, pay attention to how it complements the bottom piece. If the bottom piece is too visible, it may mean that the top layer is too short and the outfit can lose its harmony. In this case, either get a shorter skirt or pair of shorts or pull your t-shirt higher (like I did in the photo on the right).

Now, I’m all too aware that this skirt might just be a tad too short and too tight to wear on a normal day of classes, so let’s pretend I was about to have some drinks with my friends. Still too short for your personal taste? Just throw on a pair of opaque black tights for a sleek and streamlined look.

2. Layer, Layer, Layer

For my second outfit I decided to play with volume and create something that normally I wouldn’t even consider wearing. However, in this case, the multi-layered look actually ended up being my favorite combination.

how to wear a boyfriend tee- layers

What I started with was a flared dress with a vibrant pattern. I threw the t-shirt on top and added a vest as a third layer. The resulting outfit is a balanced example of tomboy-meets-girly-girl: the untied boots and the boy t-shirt with the funny print bring some nonchalance to the table, while the dress, lace vest, and golden sequin bow add feminine touches to the ensemble.

3. Play up the Menswear Vibe

One way I love to style men’s t-shirts is by making them look less casual. In my book, there’s nothing that looks better than a fun t-shirt paired with a sharp jacket or heels. For this final look, though, I decided to incorporate more menswear-inspired pieces to create a polished and trendy outfit.

how to wear a boyfriend tee with high-waisted pants

For starters, tuck the graphic tee into a pair of high-waisted pants. I think it makes you look more put-together and secondly, it elongates your body and is very flattering to your back part (a.k.a. the booty).

Then it was time to “formal” things up – I added a short vest on top and wore a bold pair of high-heeled boots. Out of all the combinations, this is the one that made me feel the most powerful, even though I was walking around with a rabbit with its tongue sticking out on my chest!

3 More Tips for Rocking a Boyfriend Tee:

  • If a t-shirt is long enough, wear it as a dress! If you are too self-conscious, put on some shorts or leggings, but since summer is on its way, those may prove to be unnecessary. (Boy shirts also work great over bikinis at the beach!)
  • If you want to emphasize the upper part of your body, wear a belt (a scarf can function as one, too!). You can wear it around your waist, or leave it hanging casually on your hips.
  • Ladies, don’t steal! I’m sure your boyfriends have clothes that you like a lot, but respect their property and get your own shirt to wear as you please. Although I’m sure no one will mind if you borrow one of their t-shirts for a day or two…

Tell me what you think!

Do you think men’s clothing should stay in men’s closets or should the fairer gender have access to it too? Would you wear any of the outfits I presented? What other pieces would you like to see me style? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on May 3, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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14 Responses to “How to Wear Boyfriend T-Shirts”

  1. 1
    May 3rd, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    i would say if you’re borrowing, make sure they’re not too big, because then it will just overwhelm your frame. ex: my boyfriend is a medium and i’m a small, so it’s just big enough to look loose but small enough to be cute.

    btw, i love the first look! definitely my style

  2. 2
    May 3rd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Can you please make a fashion article based on music videos? My favorite are Evanescence-My Immortal, any Evanescence/Taylor Swift/some quirky ones like Somebody that I used to know/Nicki Minaj/Gaga

  3. 3
    May 3rd, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for this article, it’s really inspiring.
    I adore boyfriend t-shirts. I have my own collection containing something about 20 of them! And since me and my boyfriend are both medium I love to borrow one of his t-shirts from time to time. My favourite ways how to wear men’s t-shirts is to put them on a clinging dress or with a pair of slim jeans, high heels or converses and well fitting blazer.

  4. 4
    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Very Inspirational. Boyfriend T-shirts are my favorite I mostly wear them with shorts or leggings. Making a dress sounds like a good idea – never thought about that.

  5. 5
    May 3rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    THANK YOU. Boyfriend t-shirts are so comfy/comforting but I never know how to wear them

  6. 6
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Love this post!!!!!!! T-shirts are the best!!

  7. 7
    May 4th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I. Love. This. Post.

    I feel like I could replicate every single one! I’ll have to get creative in my own closet :) Thank you!!!

  8. 8
    May 4th, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I love all the ways you styled this! I’m wearing a loose T-shirt when I go see Iron Man 3 so this is great inspiration :)

  9. 9
    May 4th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I love all of these ideas! Especially the one playing with volume. I’m normally one who has to have a waist in her outfit, but this would be a perfectly casual idea :)

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    May 5th, 2013 at 1:16 am


  11. 11
    May 30th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I personally wouldn’t wear the menswear inspired look and I’m not a fan of layering things, but I absolutely loved the first idea! I have to admit I never thought of wearing a boyfriend T with anything but my jeans. Thank you so much for posting this, because I’m DEFINITELY using that idea someday in the near future!

  12. 12
    October 9th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve tried layering on a bigger tee over a dress but I ended up looking quite bulky, any suggestions on how to remedy that? Also, how do you wear a big tee without looking all shapeless? I’m a huge fan of big, comfy Tshirts but I usually end up looking lost in them even when paired with leggings

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