By  on May 21, 2009

Borrowing from the boys is not exactly a revolutionary sartorial concept for most modern-day women. One need look no further than red-carpet shots of Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in Dior Homme suits to understand the undeniable appeal of men’s wear on a female physique. From boyfriend sweaters to little boy blazers, these items can often make an effortless transition into any girl’s wardrobe without veering into cross-dressing territory.

While women have long benefited from dipping into the opposite sex’s clothing pool in crafting a cool outfit, the reverse cannot be said for their male counterparts. And with good reason: frilly dresses and micro miniskirts are not typically thought of as testosterone-friendly. But recently, a confident contingent of guys has been making strides into the girls’ arena, seeking everything from basic T-shirts to trendy pieces, jewelry and accessories — all the while retaining masculinity. And with the support of a growing group of retailers and designers, they are making a case for raiding the women’s department.

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