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The holidays are over and you’re feeling spent…literally. All the last-minute gift giving, charitable as it was, has left you on the strictest of budgets. Now, instead of treating yourself to some end-of-year sales, the only shopping you’ll be doing is in your closet. Or, if you’re smart, in your boyfriend’s closet. Now is the perfect time to channel your creative side and incorporate some menswear into your wardrobe. And we’re not talking womenswear simply inspired by men’s clothing. We mean “I bought it from the men’s department, next to the ties and boxers” menswear. You can’t really beat the idea of expanding your options without having to spend a dime, right?

 

Not quite sold on the trend? Start small by topping off your ensemble with some men’s accessories. Exchange your dainty timepiece for a bolder, chunkier look. Swap the bangles for a handkerchief on your wrist. You can even add some panache to your fit by throwing on a subtle skinny tie. These pieces are appropriate wherever your day takes you, from the office to your dinner date.

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Post-Christmas is an optimal season to dig around in your guy’s closet. Winter has set in and, when weekend errands are beckoning, it’s a struggle avoiding the impulse to just throw a coat on over your pajamas. Instead of risking this fashion faux pas, opt for the casual, comfy look, and pair your boyfriend’s cozy sweater with leggings and boots. It’s easy and totally beats that awkward moment when you, fully clad in your Christmas onesie, unexpectedly cross paths with an acquaintance in the freezer aisle.

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Incorporating a men’s button down into your outfit offers some great versatility. Not only are you able to snag some funky patterns that may not be traditionally found in clothing tailored to women, but the loose fit allows you to layer to your heart’s content. Top the button down with a fitted blazer or sweater and finish the look with a colored leather mini and tights. The mix of feminine and masculine create an edgy juxtaposition that fellow fashionistas are sure to admire.

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*All photos: Dionna Carter