The Boyfriend Shirt

by Lee Oliveira on November 9, 2010

What girl doesn’t like to borrow their boyfriend’s shirt and wear it for the day? This is exactly what I found the other day in Paddington. Those of you that follow me on twitter and facebook would have known that I was wandering the streets of Paddington in Sydney last Saturday. There are normally quite a few people about because of the Paddington Markets so it’s always good to do some street style spotting (remember of my old post “Market Day“?).

Well, the day wasn’t that fantastic as I was dodging the rain for most of it. The only good thing was the light was perfect for photographing.

Between the rain showers I spotted Carla. She was actually busy on her phone so I was hesitant to stop her. You know me by now…… no shame. I stopped her and with a short chat I had her behind the lens. She was so obliging.

Carla wears shirt and boots all vintage, shorts by Topshop, bag by Mimco, sunglasses by Ray Ban and fragrance by Narciso Rodriguez (pink bottle)

Normally when I see girls wearing the “boyfriend shirt” they wear it with a belt. You know….. to slim down the waist because of the bagginess of the shirt. Carla did it her own way and wore the shirt very loose with the sleeves rolled up to show a little skin. I also liked the craziness of the undone lace up boots.

So…… which of you have stolen your boyfriends, brothers or even your fathers shirt and made it into your statement piece?

I was hoping to find this look ever since spring started in Australia.

Thanks Carla, hope your friend didn’t get mad with me for making you hang up on them.


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JellyBen November 9, 2010

I always do the same heheh
I love my husb sweatpants someday I will wear with heels hehe. She’s pretty! Xoxo
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SACRAMENTO November 9, 2010

Very chic.
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jemina November 9, 2010

Carla looks like a model, I LOVE her style so much, thanks for the fabulous shots Lee, Carla is indeed inspirational!!!

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Anthea November 9, 2010

I love Carla’s style. It’s so effortless and extremely cool!
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Vanessa November 9, 2010

I love how comfy yet chic that looks!


a!kO November 10, 2010

Love it 😀 I wear it all the time…worn loosely, but not my bf’s tho…one of these days I am going to steal his >:D

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edoardo November 10, 2010

I lvoe the outfit in its general appearance…SO chic and androgin.. As the fashion asks today: women and men that wear each others their wardrobe!!

Tanvi November 10, 2010

I like how comfortable and easy she looks. I wear my husband’s shirts all the time … and without a belt. I like to believe that I do not have to prove I have a tiny waist 😉
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Jude November 10, 2010

She looks fabulous and you captured that breezy attitude so well! I love the short dark skirt peeking out too (and yes, I’ve borrowed my bf’s shirt – I think it’s better on me, haha)…Another wonderful shot, Lee – lucky for us you have no shame! :)
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Bella Q November 10, 2010

I like it loose like she is wearing it. What makes it sexy is all that leg beneath the comfort of the bfriend shirt. Yeah, the boots knock it outta park. GREAT shot, again.
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Manon November 10, 2010

I love it. Also her shoes are amazing.
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Maddy November 10, 2010

I love her laid back take on the boyfriend shirt! And BTW – I had no idea you were on twitter my dear, adding you now :)

Sherin November 10, 2010

Boyfriend shirts always look great. I love how she wore it without a belt.
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LeRon November 10, 2010

I like how she is rocking the shirt and aviators with ease.
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My Republic of Fashion November 10, 2010

I love her shirt and her boots so much! :)SarahDx
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Jessie November 10, 2010

I’m impressed by your effort to persevere in the rain! I always find people running for cover makes for a difficult day street style wise. Love the photo, she has killer legs.
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Stella November 10, 2010

Like you mentioned, most use a belt with it, but I think she pulled it off perfectly wearing it baggy :)

Marchmusings November 10, 2010

The boyfriend shirt looks so cool on her. And I love how well lit your subjects are. I struggle with natural light if there are too many buildings around

Laura Tenshi November 10, 2010

What I love about her look are her boots and socks, very effortless chic. I have never borrowed an item for a man’s wardrobe, I have clothes that are, let’s say manly, already I don’t need other stuff.
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Ivânia Diamond* November 10, 2010

hi dear!!!!

love the pic.. the shirt!! <3

great blog!!

Ou melhor… excelente trabalho hein?

Ivânia Diamond**

Beny Ricardo Sadewo November 10, 2010

Awwwwwww… boyfie shirt can made us sexy as well ^^…

Beny Ricardo Sadewo
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jasna November 10, 2010

I love using my boyfriends shirt or tees! She looks soo chic! Hope you had a good wknd and have a lovely wk! xxx

ryan November 10, 2010

I love this and I love her Ray Bans too!
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liz November 10, 2010

I normally dont like the oversized boyfriend shirt look, esp those who look like they are not wearing any pants, but I like this one because of the boots and the accessories (watch and sunnies). AWESOME.
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emma November 10, 2010

Love your style:)


Grit and Glamour November 11, 2010

She did that look right…blousy top, skinny bottom, lots of leg. I might have to steal that look!

♥ V
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Christel November 11, 2010

Wel, I never thought to wear my man’s shirts, but after your post, I’m going to explore his wardrobe !
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Couture Carrie November 11, 2010

Love this look!
And her aviators are fab too!


A Brit Greek November 11, 2010

Carla’s shirt and boots rocks! She’s just one of those really stylish ones who don’t need to make any effort at all, lucky girl!
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Liana November 11, 2010

she is definately rocking the man shirt. and her boots are very cool.
i love walking round paddington, there are always people looking fabulous and there is always someone wearing something unique.

style-haus November 11, 2010

she really makes this look so cool and effortless. the fabric of the shirt is soft; giving it just that slight touch of femininity. also like how she accessorized with that great chain strap bag and aviators.
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Camila F. November 12, 2010

Acho que ficou melhor assim, sem cinto, mais soltinho e confortável!

Bonnie November 12, 2010

I love borrowing my fiance’s shirts. They fit so differently, and you can do a lot with them. He doesn’t hate it, either. He says he likes seeing me wear his shirts in a way that is actually fashionable. Hahaha.

Angela See, Angela Blog November 12, 2010

Gorgeous pick as always Lee! She looks great!

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Angga Heinrich November 12, 2010

Love this look, i will be sporting my husband’s shirt
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Monique November 12, 2010

I’m so guilty of stealing my BF’s clothes! I love the look! Great shot love! xo M
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style'n November 12, 2010

I am loving oversized blouses and boyfriend tops these days. Just bought a couple for myself! She wears the boyfriend shirt so well. Great look.
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copywaitress November 13, 2010

nice shirt but the shoes are gorgeous! xoxo
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sweet November 13, 2010

really sexy when it comes to wearing something from the opposite sex or inspired from their own wardrobe…

it is really great to mix and match styles…


KC November 15, 2010

i actually have a baggy shirt too… it’s not from my bf though. it’s from my grandmother who is big like a pampered contessa. i know i’m not a girl but i’m thin so it somehow works. haha!!
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Marina December 2, 2010

I love this look – it so simple and casual, yet really stylish. Oversized shirt looks really good on her.
And she reminds me of Stana Katic a lot. At first I even thought that it was her))
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Fashnlvr December 3, 2010

Lee: you pick such interesting subjects to photo. I wish I lived in Sydney just so I could lurk around and maybe you would choose me for a photo! :)

Kristy Elena of VogueGoneRogue sponsored an Essence of Fall event in which I participated. For my look I borrowed my husbands plaid wool shirt jacket. No belt for me either :) You can check it out here:
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