Borrowing the Men’s Shirts for Women’s Style

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Borrowing the Men’s Shirts for Women’s Style

Quote of the day: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa

We’re discussing men’s clothing this week. That may sound silly coming from a women’s fashion blog, but there are certainly times that “borrowing” some of the boy’s wear could be beneficial!! I’m starting this series with the category of men’s button down shirts! And just to make it more interesting, Sheela and Eve are joining in on the challenge!

Let’s start with a couple of rationales for wearing men’s shirts.

1-Men’s shirts aren’t as fitted, and thus as some of us tend to gain weight in the midsection, they could actually fit better.

2-There can be a better selection of certain prints in the men’s departments. I’ve found this to be true in the gingham and plaid prints, so explore the men’s section if you are unhappy with the women’s selections!

3-If you have a man in your household, it can increase your variety of wearable shirts. Either as a regular shirt or as a tunic or possible dress depending, of course, on the size and fit of your man’s shirts.

4-And lastly, why not? I regularly talk about how we shouldn’t limit ourselves to only certain stores regardless of age. So the same could be true regardless of sex. Whether that’s because of cost or convenience, it can be a smart possibility.

For this category of men’s shirts, the three of us each “stole” one of my husband’s shirts! Since his shirts were featured, I thought it only fair to showcase the man himself below. So let me present my husband, Rob.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I included a picture with me in it also, to give relativity of Rob’s size. This was taken when we visited Grand Rapid’s, Michigan in October. We were waiting in line to enter the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum!

So let’s see how we all styled Men’s Shirts!

Eve from The World According to Eve: Of course—the men’s white tee is the perfect item to “borrow” from the men’s looks! With a little tie at the side to keep it from being a boxy look, Eve looks fantastic!


Sheela from Sheela Writes: Sheela donned her husband’s vest for this category!! Adding it to her camo skirt takes a preppy item and makes it so fierce (of course the shoes don’t hurt in making it fabulous either)


Navy Wool Vest – borrowed from husband~~Novelty Pins & Sunnies – Poshmark~~Dove Pin – borrowed from husband~~Madonna Tee Shirt & Bangles – thrifted~~Tuxedo Camo Pencil Skirt – Forever 21~~Clutch -Kate Spade NY~~Heels – JustFAB

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For my group of women, I wanted to vary how we wore Rob’s shirts. So I styled my husband’s shirt as more of a duster over a dress!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I thought it was very apropos to have me modeling next to the shark with braces!!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Since Rob’s shirt is somewhat big on me, I did belt it for a little shaping. And then I tried to tie in the color of the belt with my boots and earrings!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I wore this outfit when we went out to eat for gourmet tacos with friends! One of the things I really loved about having Rob’s shirt over the dress, was I wasn’t as worried about the white dress getting dirty. Especially when I sat down!!

Borrowing Men's Shirts for Women's Fashion.

Dress: Moda (similar here with a zipper down the front)~~Top: Austin Hauck (similar here)~~Boots: AmiClubWear (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here a set of three)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy was the first to pick from Rob’s shirts! She really liked the color and pattern of this Desigual one!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

I show a close up of the back of this shirt. It has some interesting writing all over it!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Since Nancy is on the shorter side, this shirt was a perfect length to wear as a tunic with her leggings & boots!

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

We didn’t add a necklace since there is so much going on with the shirt itself. But we thought that dangle earrings might give it a more feminine vibe.

Borrowing Men's Shirts for Women's Fashion.

Leggings: Cold Water Creek (similar here)~~Top: Desigual (similar here with short sleeves or here in plaid)~~Boots: Enzo Angiolini (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom then picked this linen striped shirt of Rob’s to wear for this post. I had her tie the ends at her waist for variation.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

The shirt not only has a striped pattern, but also a subtle, embroidered floral pattern at the top portion of the shirt.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

Since the shirt is lightweight, mom added a turtleneck underneath it. The peach colored brooch was used to pull in that same color from the undersides of the sleeves, when we rolled them up.

Borrowing Men's Items for Women's Fashion.

The colors in the shirt reminded me of light version of fall colors. Therefore, I had mom keep the lower half monochromatic with her brown trousers & brown ankle boots.

Borrowing Men's Shirts for Women's Fashion.

Pants: Chaps (similar here)~~Shirt: Brandolini (similar here)~~Turtleneck: JHC (similar here with shorter sleeves)~~Boots: Madeline Stuart (similar here a nice heel and good price)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here interesting because they are layered)

I really appreciate your support & time by reading my blog. Thanks to each and every one of you. Are men’s shirts on your radar when you get dressed?

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  • Kathleen McDermott

    You and your husband look so cute together. I think men’s button-down shirts can make great tunics or jackets, and men’s Ts can be cute as tunics also. I wear Michael’s discarded flannels and flannel-lined shirts as cozy robes in the cool weather. My niece loves them too – had to share with her.

    • That’s such a great idea, Kathleen!! They would be perfect robes!!

  • I have to say how stylish Rob looks! A stylish couple indeed. Do you help buy his clothes or does he choose them himself Jodie ? I like how you have styled his shirt x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Laurie!!
      Rob’s style has certainly evolved over the years. I definitely pushed him into trying new things at first. And then we used to watch “What not to Wear” all the time, so he learned quite a bit from that show (especially because they used to show men’s makeovers too)! But now he has quite a fabulous eye for putting different pieces together and picking out more interesting items!! In fact, I often ask him for his advice on many of my outfits!! He’s definitely a keeper!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Very cool idea, Jodie, and you all pulled it off beautifully! I love how you wore your version like a cinched tunic over a skirt–it was colorful, fun, and kept your feminine shape while leaning masculine with the shirt and shoes! So cool.

    I’m a huge fan of Desigual, so Nancy’s look just made me smile right off the bat–cool shirt!! That’s probably the one I would have picked for myself as well.

    As I was reading your comments about your mom’s look, I was thinking, “that shirt really looks like autumn colors in pastel” only to then read that you were thinking the same thing! I love how you brought out the “autumn-ness” of the outfit with the grounding brown.

    Of course, I would be remiss if I left out Sheela and Eve! Eve’s look is a good reminder for how style can be so simple — big shirt, tied at the side = James Dean Cool. Sheela’s look is powerfully edgy in the best way possible!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      This was very fun to do Sherry!! And as much as I shop with Rob & love most of his clothes, I never really thought about actually wearing his clothing. It wasn’t until one blogger said she bought her gingham shirt in the men’s section because they have a better selection, that I started considering this “borrowing”!!

  • Love the theme for this! You guys rocked these!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!!

  • Wow! Your husband has great shirts! I love all your outfits, but I wouldn’t give the Desigual one back! 😉

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      He has some good taste now–I must admit.
      That Desigual shirt gets worn out to date night quite a bit, but he won’t wear it to work because is has the word “sex” on it. (I doubt anyone notices with all the other words going on—but it’s a safe call)
      Thanks Andrea!!

  • Jodie, your husband has quite the ‘fashion-forward’ shirt collection and you all look marvelous. How interesting it is that patterns and colors in men’s shirts can be just as suitable for a woman.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      He certainly does have some great shirts!!
      It’s funny because now that he knows about great fashion & design, he laments about the lack of variety for guys! Just lately he’s been wanting a great over coat, but so many are quite tame and boring!!

  • I steal from Jason’s closet all the time, but he doesn’t seem to mind. He is a bit particular (far more than me) about meticulously pre-planning his outfits a week out, so the rule is I can pick anything he’s not already assigned to an upcoming outfit pairing. I’m tall so I can’t convert his shirts into a tunic but I do like to tie them in the front and leave several buttons undone to layer over a tee shirt, cami, or dress.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous that you already do this Alexis!! I love how there is a “rule” about which shirts you can choose—but that’s smart!! 🙂
      It’s such a great way to add some extra pieces to our wardrobe without having to spend money!
      Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • One of my favorites! I actually wear Shane’s shirts so much more than my own because I love how they fit!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, aren’t you a smart cookie?? I guess I just never considered this option before—but it opens up my choices so wonderfully!!
      Thanks for coming by today, Laura!!

  • You all look fantastic and have styled these shirts beautifully! Personally, I have too many clothes that I need to wear and many don’t make it out of the closet enough. So, I’ll let my husband wear his shirts, even though he has some really beautiful shirts. Hmmm? Who knows, maybe I’ll be tempted to borrow one someday. 😉


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Really—what you say is truth especially about my closet. Although I really don’t have many plaid flannel shirts, so I may have to indulge in that part of his closet!!
      I also don’t have a gingham shirt—so I’ll probably be wearing his more 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by Carmen!!

  • Omg how great all of these women styling themselves powerfully! I’m a hugeeeee fannn!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Passant!!

  • Fun idea for a post! My husband and I are nowhere near close in size, I’ve tried his shirts on before and it is comical!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well at least you got a laugh out of it Tara!

  • u ladies are so stunning, love all the styling!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Chichi!!

  • It is a great idea to style men’s shirts! Such things very often make women look more feminine, not mannishly, as many could think. All of your looks are very delicate, woomanlike and tender!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Olya—now I just need to remember this idea for many days that I can’t find anything of mine I want to wear!!

  • This is the perfect item to steal from his closet! You all look amazing! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!!

  • Hey! We both have husband’s named Rob : ) Well I call mine Robert (with a French accent so it sounds like I’m saying Ro-Bear.) I didn’t marry a Frenchman to have him called Bob! Ha ha!

    I love your tunic version although I think personally my OCD man would take issue with me raiding his closet. I need to take photos of his closet. He likes shopping as much as I do. That is probably why we are still married after 25 years! LOL


    • Jodie Filogomo

      My husband hates being called Bob—I only do it as a funny sometimes!! But now we’re learning Spanish so I call him Roberto!!
      I think your Robert should love the idea that you’d wear his shirts—and you can tell him he can wear yours—ha ha!!!

  • What a brilliant idea to use a man’s shirt as a tunic with leggings! Rob is giving you a run for your money in the fashion department! Love the Desigual shirt, love your entire outfit, love where you placed your mom’s brooch!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!
      He does have some nice selections of shirts—I just now need to remember to think about that part of the closet when I get dressed!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a great idea. I love to wear men’s shirts, especially flannel. These choices were perfect for each of you! Tell your hubby he’s a champ for letting all of you raid his closet! Ha, ha. Really enjoyed this post and can’t wait for the next one. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m totally going to snag Rob’s flannel shirts now—thanks for that thought! Even though I came up with this idea for the blog, I still don’t really consider it when I’m deciding on what to wear. But it shouldn’t be that hard—his shirts are right below mine!!
      Thanks for the fun comment, Amy!

  • Helen Greenwell

    I love the way all three of you styled your menswear shirts! Each is a great variation and all are such wonderfully feminine takes on the menswear look. I’m a big fan of the tunic look – I have a short body and long legs. My husband’s shirts will be perfect for that look. Thanks for the great idea Jodie!! Who knew you can actually shop your spouse’s closet?!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I wouldn’t have thought of this either except for someone once claiming that the men’s selection of gingham shirts was way better than the woman’s! And if there’s already a great shirt in our houses—well glory be, we might as well wear them, right?
      Thanks for stopping by Helen!!

  • OMG Jodie, how cool is your husband??? Red pants cool, that is!!! He is so dandy, I love it, and which begs the question, what does he do by profession?

    Back to you ladies, yours is my favouritest, Jodie, my absolute favouritest. I’ve never thought of belting a shirt to mimic a duster cardigan and I think your idea is so clever. I mean, there are elements of both Nancy and Charlotte’s outfits which I covet but on a whole, I really like yours. It’s so simple but feminine and effective 🙂 xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My husband has a masters in IT…and it used to show. His closet had only tan pants and boring shirts. But since we shop together and ever since watching “What Not to Wear” together—he’s come a long way. He still asks me occasionally what to put together—but he’s good on his own! He does admit that he won’t wear these red jeans if he were out by himself—he still thinks they aren’t the most manliest of jeans…ha ha!
      Thanks for the lovely words, and being a great collaborator!!

      • Our men need to meet and greet, I swear. Mine has a masters in Engineering and works in the field of IT Security 🙂 he is all Italian, as classic as they come, and it only took me 14 years to convince him that there are other colours out there in the world aside from blue, blue, and more blue. And that neither white nor black counted as second and third colours GRIN our styles are so different that when you came up with this theme, Jodie, I was fearful of finding anything I could/would want to wear, I’ll be honest. But like yours, mine has come a long way (thank god) xoxo

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It’s funny how in that type of work, you see the same ole same ole in clothing on the guys!!
          At least both of our guys have been willing to change!!
          ps…did you get my latest email about the tweed jackets? I came up with a couple ideas & dates???

          • I did!! I was just discussing it with Eve as she ate breakfast, let me take her to school, and I’ll reply you? By the by, my son is returning to college next Fall (he took a year off) and he goes to Boulder SO we may actually meet in person sometime 🙂

          • Jodie Filogomo

            Boulder!!! I had no idea—that’s where we went to school!
            So we have to meet up now!! 🙂
            No problem on the reply–take all the time you want!!

  • I love wearing my man’s shirt! there’s something so playful about it!


    Tamara –

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Tamara! It’s like you have him with you even if you don’t!

  • Queen of Rods

    I am totally amused by this post, Jodie…particularly because your husband is of the same stature as mine, with the same height difference between us, and has the same pair of awesome pants! I love Rob’s shirts too. Does he choose these clothes and style them himself, or do you help?

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How cute that we’re really quite alike with our spouses, Janet!!
      Rob’s style has certainly evolved since we’ve been together. The joke is he used to only have tan pants and very subdued (or as I would say) ugly shirts! But since we shop together most of the time, he’s really broadened his love of color and different looks! He will admit though, that he wouldn’t wear the red jeans unless he’s out with me—ha ha!!

      • Queen of Rods

        Clearly Rob needs you with him when he wears his red jeans to keep the other color-loving women at bay 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          You make me laugh Janet!!

  • What a cool idea! I think even if I wanted to pull off this look, I would need to buy my own men’s shirt. My BF is so tall, he wears XL 🙂 LOL

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha ha….you’d be totally drowning, Michelle!!
      But even checking out the men’s sections in the stores can be beneficial!!

      • Yes – totally a good place to find some new style inspiration!

  • Laura

    Unfortunately my husband’s shirts are a bit too big for me to borrow, but I have purchased men’s button ups before. They have such a better selection! I love the way you belted yours!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      See—you’re such a smart cookie, Laura!!
      It’s only been lately that I even think to shop in the men’s section —of course, it also helps that I can alter them. It’s quite easy to put in a couple of darts into a shirt!!

  • love seeing posts from you ladies! you all rock the menswear!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kelsey!!

  • Jodie, enjoyed seeing a pic of you and hubby! I like the way you styled the gingham shirt with the belt to accentuate the waist. Nice tips! I enjoy seeing menswear too from time to time. Looking good ladies!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My husband is the sweetest man on earth!! I’m a lucky gal to have found him!
      Isn’t it fun to see the spouses of the bloggers you’ve been following?
      Thanks for the love, Jess!!

  • Great ideas! I have started looking at menswear after being disappointed with the gingham selection for women. I am loving Rob’s Desigual shirt and how Nancy is wearing it. You all look fantastic!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Actually it could be you Jennie, that gave me this idea many moons ago for that exact reason!
      Thanks so much for that inspiration. I’ve even thought that if the shirt is a little big, it could be altered, if I buy it for myself!!

      • Haha – that’s too funny! Yes, a smallish men’s shirt works well with alterations. Now, I am intrigued about styling larger sizes by belting or wearing as a duster. 🙂

  • What a great idea! It s so nice to see you all in a different men s thing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Nancy!!

  • This is a great idea! I sometimes wear my husband’s fleeces but only indoors. He does have some snazzy shirts. I could belt them as Jodie did, as he is quite a lot taller than me.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They could be like a shirt dress for you Gail!! I love wearing my shirt dress as dusters without the belt too!!
      Thanks for your thoughts!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Well first of all it must be said that Rob is quite a fashionable dude in his own right!!!! I LOVE a man who isn’t afraid of color or a bit of funk in his fashion choices.
    ALL of you look FANTASTIC in Rob’s shirts. AS you said the length of men’s shirts make them a perfect tunic option. I truly can’t pick a favorite! I love Rob’s shirts that much! I think he should consider doing his own blog called “Rockin Rob’s Shirts”.
    Please excuse me while I check my husband’s closet.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You crack me up Jude!!
      Of course, Rob’s style has definitely evolved over time—I remember the time when his closet was all tan pants & boring shirts, but he has become almost as adventurous as me lately!!
      He’ll love to know you appreciate his shirts—:)

  • I love borrowing from my love . . . his shirts are always cuter even though some of them fit me as dresses hahah

    Life is just Rosie

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the guys have some of the best button up shirts—especially in the plaid & gingham varieties!!

  • All you ladies are oh so stylish! Love all the outfits!

    Ann-Marie |

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Ann-Marie! I appreciate it!

  • You look amazing in your hubby’s shirt!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!

  • Soo adorable! I actually always wear my bf clothes. Love how loose and comfy it is!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Keri!

  • I absolutely LOVE the idea of ‘pinching’ my husband’s clothes lol! In fact, after reading this post, I might just have to go and raid in wardrobe and see what goodies are available. The only problem is he rather a lot taller than me and had very long arms lol! Let’s see!
    You gals all look utterly fabulous 😀
    Suzy xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ha ha…that’s why we rolled up our sleeves on all our outfits, Suzy!!
      But I love how Sheela & Eve picked items that you didn’t have to worry about that detail!
      I figure this is the cheapest way to expand our wardrobe, right?
      Thanks for the love!

  • Fun to see a pic of you and your hubby! I love this post because it shows three different ways to wear them which I usually don’t think about. Cute!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is fun for the brain to try to put some variety into the same category!
      Thanks for the love Amy!

  • mummabstylish

    All so stylish, what a great idea Jodie, i’ll be giving my husbands wardrobe a look sometime. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Might as well—it’s a cheap alternative to going shopping, right?
      Thanks for stopping by Jacqui!!

  • All of you look so fabulous! I love how you belted yours with a skirt!

    By Lauren M

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Lauren—I was surprised at how I liked this look—it covered my butt so my white dress didn’t get so dirty!!

  • Love how you styled your mens shirt as a duster! Charlotte’s layered look is perfect for fall!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jill—it helps that Rob’s shirts aren’t SO big!!