THE JOURNAL: WHY I LOVE THE MASCULINE CHIC LOOK

THE JOURNAL: WHY I LOVE THE MASCULINE CHIC LOOK

Fashion blogger Hayley, from My De Beauvoir Diaries, explaining why she loves the masculine chic look

I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, when I was younger I used to hate wearing dresses and always wanted to wear trousers or shorts with t-shirts and jumpers instead, I even chose which high school I went to because the girls were allowed to wear trousers there. No way was I going to wear a pleated skirt every day, jeez. No, thank you.

Fashion blogger Hayley, from My De Beauvoir Diaries, explaining why she loves the masculine chic look

It’s not just in a fashion sense either, I always preferred boys toys, I always had a boys bike, while the other girls were playing with Barbies, I would be hanging upside down in a tree or riding my BMX off ‘dead man’s drop’ – if any of you are from Wythenshawe in south Manchester, you might know that one. Come to think of it, every car I’ve ever owned has always been extremely sporty and boyish too.

Fashion blogger Hayley, from My De Beauvoir Diaries, explaining why she loves the masculine chic look

Only in my 30’s have I started to wear dresses and heels occasionally, but if I’m honest I still don’t feel fully comfortable in them. I love how heels make you look, but I feel slightly vulnerable when I wear them like I couldn’t save myself from danger, if it arose, lol.

I have a collection of men’s hats, mainly because I love them, but also because I have a pretty big head and the women’s ones don’t tend to fit me. No joke. My nickname years ago was ‘Hayley the hat’ as I always wore one; caps, woolly hats, flat caps, bowler hats, trilbys, fedoras, you name it… I own it.

Fashion blogger Hayley, from My De Beauvoir Diaries, explaining why she loves the masculine chic look

When I got married, I really wanted to wear a trouser suit (a really cool one, obviously) instead of a dress, but I went with a dress in the end. This was partly due to peer pressure and partly due to the fact that I thought I might regret it one day, but now I regret wearing a dress. Damn it!

Years ago, I did actually just look like a tomboy, but as I’ve got older, I like to think my everyday style is more masculine chic than my previous grubby schoolboy look. There’s a running joke at my office that I always wear the same outfit as our CEO, who is a man. You just can’t beat a roll neck, trousers and brogue boots, though, can you! Haha.

Fashion blogger Hayley, from My De Beauvoir Diaries, explaining why she loves the masculine chic look

The pictures in this post represent how I dress most days, when I feel most comfortable and well, like me. A bit boyish, comfortable and casual, but still stylish and cool, I hope.

Do you love the masculine chic look as much as me?

I have a new Pinterest board dedicated to masculine chic style. Do check it out and follow along if you like it 🙂

H x

Location: Notting Hill, London.
Photos taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL7

THE LOOK
Sorry I can’t link to much – I’ve owned most of it for years
Hat | Found in a charity shop years ago!
Coat | Whistles
Denim Jacket | Maison Scotch
Top | H&M
Jeans | Monki
Trainers | Vans
Gloves | TK Maxx
Bag | Chanel

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  • Absolutely adore this look! I used to be a full blown tomboy – boys clothes eerrrday! It’s definitely still stuck with me and I love to masculine a look up, otherwise I feel way too girly! That hat is amazing too! x

    http://www.stylepetal.co.uk

    • Men have it so easy I think! I just love masculine style, I feel so comfortable wearing it too xxx

  • Frances Kayleigh

    It’s so funny to see this type of hat making a comeback! You pull this look off so effortlessly! xx

    franceskayleigh.com

    • I’m not sure if its actually making a come back lol, I’ve always worn one, so not sure. Thanks so much babe xxx

  • Nicole Ballardini

    Love the VANS darling! And completely share your tomboy attitude! 😉
    Nicky x
    http://www.nickyinsideout.com

  • Love this look! And that pop of red. Great styling babe!

    Brenda xx
    http://www.tastemak-er.com

  • Laura Albouy

    This look is everything I love! It reminds me of parisian girls. Flawless!
    Bisous
    Laura

  • Amy

    You wear it so well! Love how this entire look came together.

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

  • Brittney

    Love this entire look! Totally love the pop of Red!

    — Brittney
    MISSXBO.COM

  • Paula

    love the entire look my dear! it’s so classy and casual at the same time!! xx, Paula, http://www.paulahandrickblog.com

  • This look is so wonderful on you!

  • I love the masculine chic look too because I prefer keeping anything from being too girly but like to be feminine. You rock this look,

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Julia Comil

    Love your style! You own it so much!! The red sweater is perfect with this look

  • Miss Finny

    This masculine style actually looks amazing on you ❤

  • I think I’m scared of this look as my style since I was a wee girl has been girly, dresses and heels! It’s always been what I loved so anything else I feel anything else doesn’t suit me. You rock this so well and don’t look at all “manly”! xxx

  • Hayley the hat is such a cute nickname! You would have looked killer in a pantsuit on your wedding day but I bet you looked amazing in your dress!

    Lindsey
    http://www.seamlesssea.com