Authored by Tricia Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/B7QZXR
Boyfriend cut refers to women’s clothing that are cut loose in the style of menswear. The look achieved when wearing a boyfriend cut sweater or jeans is as though you borrowed an item of clothing from your boyfriend’s closet. The roomier garments that your boyfriend might wear are often quite comfortable, resulting in the deliberate raiding of closets of boyfriends, brothers, husbands and dads. Since the look is popular, some women’s clothing is now boyfriend style, which must come as some relief to the many men out there whose clothes are regularly pillaged by fashion or comfort conscious females.
For centuries, gentleman have been taught to offer their own sweater or jacket to females who might feel chilled by nighttime excursions. This no doubt led to the discovery by many women that a nice roomy jacket or sweater can be a wonderfully comfortable thing. In the past century, women may have been a little reluctant to return a politely offered sweater. Wearing a boyfriend’s sweater, particularly a letter sweater was often a mark that two people were dating. So the idea of men’s clothing on women as particularly related to boyfriends, results in the term boyfriend cut.
Yet the boyfriend cut and menswear designed patterns for women were distinctly out of fashion for a time. Women’s suits in the early 1980s were frequently imitative of men’s suits. The boxy cut, shoulder pad filled jacket worn by female professionals in the 1980s was often called the “linebacker” style, because it did nothing to flatter a woman's shape. Gradually, by the late 1980s, trends in women’s professional wear shifted toward clothing that fit the female form and was tailored to accentuate curves.
Another trend in the 1980s were the very recognizable leggings, often worn with a big shirt. Naturally the cheapest and easiest way to find a big shirt was to take one from dad, brother or a boyfriend. There were also certainly boyfriend cut big shirts specifically manufactured for women. Yet it was often fun and easier to wear one from a male acquaintance.
Both boxy suit jackets and the big shirt and women’s legging styles began to decline in popularity. This didn’t mean women were any less inclined to steal the occasional item of clothing. For most daily wear, though, more fitted clothing was preferred.
In the 2000s, leggings have been reintroduced, and also low-waist jeans, more often seen in men’s clothing for the last few decades, are now often called boyfriend cut jeans. Big shirts are becoming popular again, with boyfriend cut sweaters or big shirts marketed specifically as boyfriend cut clothing. No doubt fashion trends will change in the future, but women will always have a use for large cut clothing, meaning, if they can’t find it in stores, men should guard their wardrobes with care.
Authored by Tara Barnett and can also be found here: http://is.gd/jkUTox
Boyfriend jeans are women's jeans that are designed to fit the body loosely, as though they have been borrowed from a woman's boyfriend. These jeans are typically casual and may be distressed in some manner. One feature common to boyfriend jeans is rolled up cuffs, although some can be worn with the cuff down. If a woman does not wish to purchase jeans specifically designed in this style, wearing men's jeans often provides a similar look.
Conceivably, boyfriend jeans evolved out of the practice of wearing an actual boyfriend's jeansfor practical purposes, such as having spent the night at his house and needing clean clothes for the morning. The main difference between actual men's jeans and jeans of the boyfriend design is that the women's jeans are designed to fit women's bodies. Many men's jeans have waists that are unsuitable for some women's hips, and the jeans may be too slouchy to stay on a woman's body. The spirit of the jeans is usually the same, but the fit is usually a little different.
Many companies market boyfriend jeans to women as a particular style that implies a certain attitude. Individual designs may vary, but most are loose fitting and slouchy. These jeans come in all different colors, as the term refers to the fit rather than the style. Even so, it is most common to see boyfriend jeans in dark blue, gray, and black.
Boyfriend jeans are usually oversized and may be deliberately too long for the wearer. This requires the cuffs to be rolled up, often exposing the ankles or calves. In some designs, the rolled cuff may be sewn into place to prevent it from slipping. Some of the features of this type of jeans are imitated rather than duplicated from men's jeans, which can help make the jeanslook sleeker and more fitted to a woman's body.
Distressing on boyfriend jeans is designed to make the jeans look as though they have been worn many times. For this reason, even a pair of men's jeans that fits well may not give the same appearance as boyfriend jeans. Some jeans are distressed merely to make them look as though they are not new, but some are ripped, splashed with paint, or otherwise altered to make them look as though they have been used for a specific purpose. If a woman is modifying a pair of jeans in order to recreate the look of having been worn, thinking about the types of damage that usually happens to jeans can help provide inspiration for distressing them until they fit this style.
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