Gender Bender Denim

GIF photographed by Alex Thebez. All others photographed by Jody Rogac.
Taking cues from menswear is not only infinitely stylish, it's comfortable. There's nothing like tailored button-ups, oversized toppers, and athletic kicks to make our daily armor exceptionally wearable. And jeans — those never-fail wardrobe workhorses — are the sun at the center of our gender-bending style universe. Scroll down to see how to use ’em to anchor a look that’s solid, a little sporty, and so right for right now.
Strong Armed
We may have dreaded gym class back in high school, but we’re feeling the team-sweats look more than ever. Try a gray zip-up worn with skinnies, or make like the anti-jock and button up your denim jacket in a way that says you won't be attending first period.
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Left: Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans, $78; Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $88. Pierre Hardy shoes, Loren Stewart ring. Right: Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans, $78; Short Sleeve T-Shirt, $34.90; Drawcord Waist Zip Up, $68. Bespoken shoes, Jennifer Fisher ring.
Strategic Skin
When it comes to showing some skin, there’s no rule saying you have to flaunt the expected areas of the female form. Change things up by getting your vitamin D the dude-approved way: Bare a bit of calf or push up your sleeves to free your forearms.
Left: Levi’s 501 CT Jeans For Women, $98; Crew Sweatshirt, $39.90. Vans shoes. Right: Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans, $78; Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $88. Loren Stewart ring.
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Borrowed From The Boys
If you've ever stolen borrowed an oversized jacket from a guy, you know how ridiculously comfortable their loose-fitting silhouettes can be. Apply the same idea with a boxy denim jacket and pair it with sneakers and curve-loving jeans. For a more cleaned-up effect, let tailored-fit dark denim, a plaid button-up, and a cropped moto jacket stand in for trousers and a tie.
Left: Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans, $78; The Perfect Pocket Tee, $28. Adidas shoes, Miansai ring. Right: Levi’s 711 Skinny Jeans, $78; Off Road Jacket, $900. Jenni Kayne shirt, Dr. Martens shoes, Jennifer Fisher ring.
Lay(er) It On Thick
Take a break from skinnies and see where relaxed layering can take you. Keep the pieces solid and the fabrics varied for a cohesive but interesting final product, and break the proportion “rules” by pairing boxier, oversized pieces with slouchy jeans. Then strike a wide stance for maximum effect.
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Left: Levi’s 501 CT Jeans For Women, $98; Line 8 Mock Sweatshirt, $58; Authentic Trucker Vest, $64.50. Right: Levi’s 501 CT Jeans For Women, $98; Classic One Pocket Shirt, $68; Crew Sweatshirt, $39.90. Vans shoes, Jennifer Fisher ring.
Styling by Sue Choi; Hair by Andre Gunn at Honey Artists; Makeup by Grace Ahn; Nails by Casey Herman at Kate Ryan Inc.