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A Girl’s Guide to Shopping in the Men’s Section

With the gender binary becoming increasingly less pertinent, it is common to see celebrities cross-dressing. Billy Porter wore a dress to the Met Gala, Jaden Smith regularly wears skirts, and Cara Delevingne, Zendaya, Blake Lively, and many more women are wearing suits. But how can this gender-bending fashion be incorporated into everyday life? Many women still shy away from cross-dressing, so here are some tips to feel more comfortable incorporating menswear items into your wardrobe. 

For starters, wearing men’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are easy ways to begin incorporating men’s clothing into your wardrobe. These articles are extremely similar to women’s athleisure anyway, so it’s not too far-fetched of an idea to journey into the men’s section to pick these up. Also, men’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants are cheaper (and comfier) than what you would find in the women’s section.

As fall begins, you’ll probably want to buy some flannel shirts to fit the autumn aesthetic. So why not try buying from the men’s section? These flannels are softer, thicker, and cozier—  what’s better and more “fall” than that? You can layer them, wear them as a shirt tucked into your pants, tie them around your waist, or, since they are larger, wear them as a dress. 

Since it’s getting colder, you’ll have to start wearing jackets, and the men’s section offers a lot of options. My personal favorite is the bomber jacket. These jackets are super comfortable, fashionable, and versatile. If you buy these from the men’s section, you can count on them to actually be warm and have real pockets. If you want to dress up your outfit a little bit, opt for purchasing a men’s blazer. Getting a regular blazer from the men’s section will give you that perfectly effortless, oversized look.

Lastly, don’t buy those overpriced boyfriend jeans from the women’s section when you can get real, authentic boyfriend jeans if you head straight to the men’s department. These jeans are cheaper, look the same, and, once again, have pockets. Let me repeat: POCKETS. 

Nowadays, gendered fashion is becoming more obsolete, so just wear what you love and what makes you feel confident. Going into the men’s section for the first time can be intimidating, but it’ll all be worth it once you’ve got your comfier, cheaper, higher quality, and pocketed clothing. 

Megan Doherty

Emerson '21

Journalism student at Emerson
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