On Raiding Your Boyfriend’s Closet

The purpose of this post is to celebrate my new favorite article of clothing:

The Boyfriend Sweater.

You’ve seen this style before, I’m sure. You can go into nearly any store these days and find a myriad of items named “boyfriend this” and “boyfriend that.” There are “boyfriend shorts” and “boyfriend t-shirts.” Most popularly, there’s the “boyfriend jean.” And yes, there is the “boyfriend sweater.” These articles of clothing are usually a more relaxed fit. Loose. Comfortable. Slightly bigger than what you might normally wear. Something your boyfriend would wear.

Presumably, this idea originated from girls actually wearing their boyfriend’s clothing. Then one day, a lightbulb appeared over the head of some brilliant designer and a new line of women’s clothing was created. Jackpot.

If you think about it, this idea is much the same as purchasing jeans that already have holes in the knees or paint splattered on them. And honestly, call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always kind of thought that was a rip off.

I have to admit though, lately I have bought into this trend. Only not in the way The Gap might prefer. Perhaps it occurred out of boredom with my own wardrobe, or from the desire to be comfortable at work while still appearing “put together.” Or maybe it was the biting cold that caused it. Whatever the reason, something has driven me into dangerous, unfamiliar, and irresistible territory:

My boyfriend’s side of the closet.

Well, in this case I suppose the term “fiancé” would be more appropriate, it just doesn’t sound quite as good (fiancé jeans, fiancé sweater…). Anyway, the point here is that I’m passing up those “boyfriend” style items in the store and going straight for the real thing. And why not? They are worn in, comfortable, and if he doesn’t wake up before I head out the door he never knows the difference! This new habit has led me to realize that his sweaters are often way more comfortable than my own. Plus, it is definitely budget friendly.

Yesterday I threw on one of Alec’s sweaters to wear to work. I was actually surprised to receive multiple compliments from coworkers. After I responded that the sweater actually belonged to my fiancé, one of my girlfriends just shook her head.

“I really need to shop in the men’s section more often,” she replied.

Come to think of it, the last time we went to the J.Crew warehouse sale my girlfriend Sarah bought this men’s sweater that has me envying her every time she wears it. There’s just something about the way she looks in it that just says “I’m so much more comfortable than you right now… and I look way cooler too.”

Sweater envy. That’s what this trend has done to me.

In closing, I think the boyfriend sweater is a great thing. You probably won’t see me at The Gap anytime soon buying a sweater that is a made for a girl, meant to look like it was made for a guy, intended for the girl to look like she stole the sweater from a guy, but also costs more than the guy would have paid for it in the first place… That’s all a little too confusing for me. Instead, I will just continue to raid my man’s closet.

I highly suggest you do the same.

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