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Styled By Boyfriend: Summer Outfit From a Man’s Perspective

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Ann Taylor top (in stores or great, flattering white version here), Paige jeans, Chanel vintage flats, Prada sunglasses

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that this last weekend Cesar and I went on an adventure. For the first time in the history of our relationship (or my life, really) I allowed him to walk me into any store in the mall, pick out any outfit he thought would look great on me, and I would buy it and wear it here, on the blog. The goal behind this wasn’t to give up my “right” to choose what I want to wear, but more of an experiment to see his sense of style and flattery from a man’s perspective. Plus, after last week’s controversial post, I thought I owed him one.

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To say I was surprised by his choices would be an understatement. Being the frugal guy that he is, he only selected one top and opted for his favorite “tush hugging” jeans and classic flats that I already owned. We started by wandering into Nordstrom where he instantly felt overwhelmed by the multiple “women’s” departments, and quickly made our way to Ann Taylor (again, I was surprised by the conservative choice of store). Cesar operates in a “it’ll jump out at me if I like it” methodology, and typically gravitated towards things on manequins as I think they gave him more of a visual.

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He settled on this bright pink top, after having me try on many a not so flattering dresses (to which I kept my mouth entirely shut). The top is in a cowl neck shape (I found out these were his favorite), and hugs in all the right places, as he said. Entirely not something I would pick out for the sheer fact that it clings to some of the curves i’d rather hide, I appreciated his adorable gesture and will wear it with pride.

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A dainty necklace and a natural face of makeup, per his request, finished off this basic, everyday look. He did admit to me that one of the reasons he loved this outfit was that it was simpler than most of the items I own, and allowed him to really “see me.” Just call me putty on the floor.

Have you ever done a similar experiment? Do share!

Styling Your Boyfriend’s Sweater

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J Brand high rise jeans, Lacoste men’s pullover (very similar), Hunter “Huntress” wellies, Prada sunglasses, J.Crew bracelet

When you’re inside doing laundry all day for yourself, and you run out to dinner, you wear your boyfriend’s clothes. Or at least I do. This was the exact scenario yesterday and the result was a really adorable grungy style with some girly touches that I loved. Much to my boyfriend’s dismay.

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One note I wanted to make is that Cesar typically wears a L or XL in men’s clothing, making his garments at least 2 sizes too big on me. To keep the fabric at bay and make some shape I opted for my high waisted jeans and tucked the front end in. This kept it from looking like a big square hanging on my frame.

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The back didn’t hang too low or cut across my widest part, which was another key. I also added some girly details like this sparkly bracelet and red lips.

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I actually really love this style and am looking into more oversized, albeit women’s, sweaters to continue styling like this. What are your thoughts? Yay? Nay?

Dressing the Pearshape Boyfriend, with Hugh & Crye

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Hugh & Crye Larsen Shirt (here in Tall/Broad), J.Crew jeans, Hugo Boss watch

Chances are, if you’re a voluptuous pearshaped woman, your man also has some issues with dressing. I’m not talking about a lack of ability to color coordinate, but with regards to fit, it can be difficult sometimes. That is most definitely the case with my boyfriend, Cesar. World, meet “boyfriend” Cesar! Standing at a cool 6’0′ and a torso as long as my hips are wide, finding shirts that fit his frame is more difficult than you would think.

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Cesar’s main issue is often the length of a shirt, and also the width in which it closes around his midsection.

Thankfully, we were recently introduced to Hugh & Crye, a company that thinks about dressing men like I love to think about dressing women: that not all men are “standard” sized, and clothing should be sized accordingly. They have a detailed fit finder that allows men to determine what length/size will work for them, and then pick from a wide range of shirts and blazers. After a few quick measurements Cesar came out to be a Tall/Broad.

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The length was perfect on him, and the width was just what he likes. So, ladies, if the man in your life wants a little more options when it comes to dressing his frame, hope on over to Hugh & Crye. They rock, seriously.

Oh, and can we talk about how Cesar hates, and I mean hates, ironing? He firmly believes that even after a full day’s wear, this is “so not wrinkled!” Cutie pie.

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