Real Talk: We Should All Be Buying From the Menswear Section — Here's Why

Alright, I'll say it — it’s time to stop sacrificing comfort for style. The perfect place to find this just so happens to be the menswear section. Within the last few years, redefining the norms in fashion has taken over and more and more people are embracing wearing clothes that are different, a bit more androgynous and more fluid. So, what took so long?

Rigid gender roles in fashion have increasingly been altered by runway shows promoting and selling all gender clothing including Rick Owens, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton to name a few. Many celebrities have started hopping on the bandwagon as well including Jaden Smith who sported a skirt in Louis Vuitton’s SS16 campaign. Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are known to constantly be ‘shopping’ in each other's closets for new styles. Hadid told Vogue in an interview, “It’s not about gender. It’s about shapes. And what feels good on you that day. And anyway, it’s fun to experiment...”

Not only is shopping in the stereotypical menswear section super chic, but it’s also much cheaper (hello, pink tax). Personally, I can’t leave a store without looking through both the womenswear and the menswear sections because many of the clothes will repeat, but somehow be cheaper, comfier, and fit better in the menswear section. Here are my recommendations for products that you need to exclusively shop for in the menswear section.

Oversized tees

Looking for the perfect graphic t-shirt, but never having any luck? You’re most likely shopping in the wrong section. Menswear sections, especially at thrift stores, tend to have wider selections of fun graphic shirts to choose from for super cheap. Buying these in the menswear sections also helps to avoid those silly stereotypical quotes you see on shirts in the womenswear sections.

Sweatshirts

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This sweater was the best thing I bought in a long time 😂 it even has pockets!

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I LOVE curling up in comfy sweatshirts, but for the longest time, I couldn’t find one that wasn’t tight fitting, a bit cropped, or scratchy to wear. After searching forever, I finally found the perfect sweatshirt (in the menswear section, of course). Comfy crewnecks and sweatshirts are a must in the men’s section because, like the t-shirts, they’re not only cheaper but SO much comfier!

Trousers

I really don’t understand why clothing in the womenswear section always have to be so tight, especially when it comes to trousers. My biggest pet peeve is trying on more professional pants and having them cling to my legs giving me no room to breathe and also no room to get away with wearing them in more casual settings. For more versatile trousers, the menswear section is the way to go. They look more authentic and give you more creativity when it comes to styling it.

Clothing is not limited to gender in any shape or form. So at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter who shops in what section. As long as you’re comfortable and happy with the pieces, does it actually even matter what section it came from?

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