Overall, my style tends to be pretty frilly — ruffles, sheer fabrics, long skirts, bows, and florals are all mainstays in my wardrobe. But as I’m getting older, I’m realizing: Why should we commit to just one aesthetic? Just because I love a good midi dress or puffy-sleeved top doesn’t mean I can’t also dabble in, say, normcore — even if that means wearing clothing that’s more “masculine” than what I usually go for. So, in an effort to expand my look, I’m giving that whole dad-on-vacation look a try.
It just so happens that the best place to get these staples is straight from the men’s section (yes, it’s that easy). While some womenswear labels have reworked pieces like the chunky sandal, the fanny pack, and the graphic tee, attempting to make these ironically-trendy pieces actually trendy, if you want the best version of the items ahead (and that cool, oversized fit), we suggest going straight to the source.
Since it’s 2018 and all clothing should be fair game regardless of whether it’s designated as ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s,’ here are 10 pieces I’m borrowing from the boys — just because I can.
The Long-Sleeved Skater TeeWith bike shorts or denim cut-offs, this will become a vital part of your weekend uniform.
Jaw x Jaw Shop, $130, available at Tictail
Baggy ShortsTrust us: These will look sweet with a plain white tank or crop top.
The North Face, $35, available at Urban Outfitters
The Bucket HatShield the sun in the most stylish summer staple.
Acne Studios, $130, available at Acne Studios
Crew SocksSometimes you just need a good, thick sock for your Nikes or Vans slip-ons (or, if you’re really feeling the aesthetic, with a pair of pool slides).
Kith x Stance, $18, available at Kith
The Rain JacketBecause those summer storms are inevitable, and I refuse to buy another deli umbrella.
Noah, $988, available at Noah
Swim TrunksSheer muumuus are cool and all, but I would much rather throw on some striped trunks as a cover-up. Over a one-piece, it’s a look that can take you from the water to the bar with ease.
Onia, $145, available at Onia
The Fanny PackIf you still haven’t hopped on board, what are you waiting for? These hands-free life-savers are key for summer adventures.
Nicce, $28, available at ASOS
The Graphic T-ShirtForget that white Gucci logo tee everyone has; this one stands out in the crowd.
Gucci, $480, available at Mr. Porter
The Crewneck SweatshirtFor chilly beach sunsets and Friday nights in.
Outdoor Voices, $60, available at Outdoor Voices
Statement JeansIf we’re talking menswear, we’re talking Raf Simons, and as a fan of the 1981 film Christiane F., these jeans are the perfect excuse to go a little punk this summer. (And, yes, black jeans are a year-round staple).
Raf Simons, $947, available at MatchesFashion.com
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