How to Borrow From the Boys (And Still Look Like A Lady!)

Pair it with a girly dress.

So long as the waist is emphasized (all that extra fabric on top of a shift style will seem bulky and shapeless), anything goes. I especially like the prepster pairing of navy and white with grittier shoes, like a pair of suede ankle booties. Think Spencer Hastings...not Spence.

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If you want to be that innately cool girl who spontaneously wanders into her boyfriend/husband/father/brother's closet, shrugs on the nearest oversized something and instantly looks like she walked off a Band of Outsiders runway, I get it. I want to be her, too. Unfortunately for us, though, looking pulled together in guy's clothing is rarely that easy because, well, it's intended for guys.

In reality, appearing both effortless and polished in something you stole from the man in your life requires more work than your regular wardrobe demands. To simplify the process for you, I've included the three menswear classics in the slideshow above (a blazer, collared dress shirt and layering tee—all of which can be found in most any dude's closet), along with styling tips and outfit ideas. Click through to master off-the-cuff tomboy style now. (Even if it still takes you over an hour to get ready. No one needs to know but us!)