I’m guilty of stealing my boyfriend’s clothes all the time, but this isn’t one of those occasions. I actually found this shirt in the men’s section of Goodwill. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I wanted to pay homage to the classic boyfriend shirt. The term, “boyfriend,” isn’t meant to be taken literally, though. The fashion industry has turned it into another adjective for “oversized.” I’ve always had a thing for oversized shirts and sweaters, since they’re so comfy and casual. Sometimes, they even turn out as decent dresses.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the iconic Risky Business scene, where Tom Cruise dances in nothing, but socks and a button-up. This 1983 movie really inspired women to wear oversized dress shirts. Many girls dress down in this disheveled look, for Halloween, but the boyfriend shirt has become a major street style trend, as well.
Slipping on a boyfriend shirt alludes to ease and carelessness. It gives you that “just rolled out of bed” appeal, and specifically his, for that matter. As the online newsletter, Racked, explained, it’s about “clothing that was left on the floor” and “a reminder of a private space in public." The idea is borderline risqué, but enough to remain publicly “appropriate.”
As Valentine’s Day creeps up, there’s no problem with wearing your heart on your sleeve. After dressing up for date night, borrowing a simple shirt the next day is a refreshing option.
+ Lipstick | MAC’s Paramount
+ Glasses | Borough Market (London)
+ Necklace | Forever 21
+ Earrings | Old Navy
+ Button-Up | GAP (Goodwill)
+ T-Shirt | Mudd
+ Jeggings | DL 1961 (Buffalo Exchange)
+ Socks | Forever 21
+ Shoes | Forever 21
Photography | Adam Redfield