What To Buy From The Menswear Department

From slouchy shirts to boxy hoodies, sometimes the best way to find those on-trend androgynous proportions is to head straight for the men’s department. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some rules for getting it right. Here’s our guide on what to borrow from the boys…

Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Why: There are few things worse than a slim-fit sweatshirt, and menswear styles have the added advantage of wider shoulders and longer sleeves for a more contemporary vibe. 

What to remember: You probably don’t need to size up too much – a small or medium may equate to a women’s large. Stick to that little-bit-too-big look and team with sweatpants and a wrap coat for a balanced, directional edit.


Why: Women’s crewnecks and polos, particularly from classic brands, can tend to be more slim fitting. Shopping the men’s equivalent gets you that modern, boxy finish.

What to remember: The SL team swear by M&S and Uniqlo menswear cashmere.

Linen Shirts

Why: Once you’ve added a men’s linen shirt to your summer repertoire, you’ll ditch all other cover ups completely. The perfect balance of cool and sexy, they’re the holiday hero we love.

What to remember: Go really oversized with the look, roll the sleeves and add layers of gold jewellery – this will make it look like a deliberate styling ploy.

Loungewear & Nightwear

Why: There are few things cosier than throwing on his pyjama top or sweatpants after a long day, so cut out the middle man and add men’s oversized pieces to your loungewear collection.

What to remember: Menswear cotton nightshirts look great with denim and a bit of peekaboo lace too.

Oxford Shirts

Why: From Emanuelle Alt to Caroline de Maigret, the French woman’s secret to great style is often a great oversized shirt. Head straight to the men’s department for that Parisian-inspired look – we love them styled with leather skinnies and pumps for everyday chic.

What to remember: A boxy, oversized fit is so important when it comes to shirting, so if in doubt, size up.


Why: If that quest for the perfect boxy tee hasn't yielded the right results, we suggest taking a look at what the boys have to offer. The me'ns collections at Cos and Uniqlo make seriously good cotton t-shirts, with no risk of tight finishes or too-short sleeves.

What to remember: Men’s necklines can be a little more scooped, so look for a good shape that doesn’t reveal too much skin.

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