Before you read on thinking, "What's Laura done to herself?" I think it's best that you know I'm not actually Laura, but don't worry, I'm not a hacker either. Laura's been kind enough to let me write a guest post for her, so I'll repeat, I'm NOT Laura, I'm Nusardel (don't worry, I have trouble saying it myself), so if you absolutely can't stand change, don't read on, but please do feel free to go through Laura's older posts and enjoy those, because they're just great.
I'm a guy (surprise, surprise) so naturally I wear mens clothes, and because I'm not great at writing about much else, this post is going to be a how-to of sorts, on dressing like a guy, but not really; it's confusing, but I'll try to make some sense of it. Essentially what I'll be trying to show you is how you can take some concepts (and pieces) from your boyfriend's, brother's, or even gay friend's wardrobe, and apply them to your own style without looking like you're just wearing... well, mens clothes.
For the purpose of this post, the example I'll be using is the classic Breton-striped shirt:
The Breton stripe originated as the uniform for men in the French navy, and after being introduced to womenswear by Coco Chanel, has become one of the more classic styles of stripes available. Team your navy and white-striped top with a pair of black overdye jeans to add a more modern touch, and a pair of black patent brogues to add to the boyish look of the outfit. Best bit is you can dress it up slightly with a navy trenchcoat and pointy-toed pumps when it gets chillier.
Inspiration: Audrey Hepburn, the Kooples, and that one stylish guy you always see at Kawa in Surry Hills.
Of course, this is just one of many examples of how you can take a few hints from your male counter-parts and look less like a lady, without looking like a bloke. Plus, think of all the money you'll save the next time you go shopping with a guy.
All images via Topshop, MyChameleon and Wikifashion.