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PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 June, 2009, 12:00am
 

Women have been borrowing clothes from their boyfriends' wardrobes for years, and fashion designer Coco Chanel incorporated menswear elements into her women's clothing as far back as the 1920s.

There's nothing sexier than throwing on a man's oversized button-down shirt (worn cinched with a belt, no less) and a well-tailored blazer to add a hip masculine edge to your look.

Undoubtedly, this season's must-have piece is a menswear inspired blazer, which can be worn with a multitude of looks. Other androgynous styles were seen on the spring runways of brands ranging from Ann Demeulemeester to Givenchy. Trendsetters such as Chloe Sevigny, Alexa Chung and Agyness Deyn are also great examples of how cross-dressing can look both chic and feminine.

I spotted fashionista Rekko (right) immediately in her Yves Saint Laurent-inspired white blazer. To balance the masculine cut of her jacket, she has worn a sexy, shimmering golden tank dress underneath. The ensemble is completed with wet look leggings. She can wear it to work during the day and then remove the jacket, and add a jewelled clutch and killer heels for a night out.

Monica (right), by contrast, has chosen men's accessories instead of clothes to give her look a masculine touch. She's wearing a girly T-shirt with a pair of straight leg skinny jeans, but her braces instantly upgrade her look. It shows how easy it is to integrate men's accessories into your outfit.

Adopting the androgynous look doesn't mean you should only wear trousers. The key to pulling off the trend is to balance the feminine and masculine. For example, wear your silk romper suit with an oversized boyfriend blazer and chunky heels. A chiffon blouse can be tucked into an A-line high-waist skirt and accessorised with chunky chain necklaces and boyish oxford pumps. Or go grunge and wear an oversized men's shirt with hot pants or skinny jeans. The men's accessories mentioned above are also worth investing in.

Since this trend looks like it's here to stay, there are many options available on the high street. Some of my favourite shops include Underground (shop LG64, Silvercord, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2314 1231), where I saw a set of black/brick red men's braces. I also saw a cropped men's vest with golden buttons in both white and grey at Jeanasis (shop UG-48, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, tel: 2776 3262). Blues Heroes (D-Mop, 8 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2203 4130) has a black blazer with a silk trim collar. I saw a checked romper suit in A.P.C (66 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, tel: 2895 6623).

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