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15 Items to Steal from The Men's Department

Do you ever sneak into your guy’s closet to steal his clothes? I often find myself gravitating towards satchels, elbow patch sweaters and plaid scarves over trendy handbags and skirts. Particularly for this time of year, comfy classics like sweaters, button-up shirts, and pea-coats are simple and effortless, not to mention insulating! The menswear look seems to be a trend this year, however, it’s been around for a very long time. Katherine Hepburn was famous for stealing from the men’s department back in the 30′s and helped make trousers fashionable for women to wear. Mens clothing doesn’t change a whole lot season to season while it seems women are expected to chase trends every quarter. I’d prefer to keep my closet classic, even if it means stealing a few pieces from the guys. Here’s a look at my top picks for the season.

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  • Plaid Scarf 1 of 15
    Plaid Scarf
    This soft, lightweight scarf is made from brushed twill and is the perfect match for cute fall dresses and boots. If you love plaid but are afraid of going out head to toe in it, here's the perfect touch.
    $29.50 at Lands' End Canvas
  • Dotted Blue Button-Up 2 of 15
    Dotted Blue Button-Up
    This all-over dotted shirt would be super cute belted up with a blazer, jeans and heels! The tiny dots are on trend this season but certainly a classic that can stay in your closet year to year.
    $241.76 at Grandpa
  • Field Bag 3 of 15
    Field Bag
    This satchel, inspired by vintage military bags, is great for overnight trips. It's a classic fall bag for guys or girls and looks good paired with anything in a fall wardrobe from plaid skirts to worn in jeans. It's charm increases with age as there's nothing so chic as worn-in leather.
    $241.76 at J.Crew
  • Fair Isle Cardigan 4 of 15
    Fair Isle Cardigan
    This cozy cardigan looks like it was stolen from grandpa's closet. Pair it with a straight skirt and cozy tights for the ultimate in autumn comfort.
    $169 at Jack Wills
  • Plaid Cotton Shirt 5 of 15
    Plaid Cotton Shirt
    This Swedish organic cotton button-up looks equally good with a pair of jeans or layered with a sweater, skirt, and belt. The bright plaid pattern is a classic that will stay in your wardrobe from season to season.
    $136 at Grandpa
  • The Cromleigh Jacket 6 of 15
    The Cromleigh Jacket
    This navy rain jacket is perfect for layering on cold, rainy days. Channel your inner English girl by pairing this jacket with a skirt, tights and your favorite Wellies.
    $169 at Jack Wills
  • Chukka Boots 7 of 15
    Chukka Boots
    These Chukka boots with leather laces are handmade in Maine. Pair these classic shoes with rolled up jeans, sheath dresses and skirts. Their texture and hand-stitched details make this pair of chukkas extra special.
    $360 at Blackbird
  • Military Cardigan 8 of 15
    Military Cardigan
    This cardigan is 100% cotton and has a really sweet contrasting twill detail on the pockets. Pair it with a skirt, tights and boots and you'll be "library chic".
    $69.95 at Gap
  • Carhartt Bandana 9 of 15
    Carhartt Bandana
    The ultimate weekend accessory, this Carhartt scarf is super sweet tied in an upswept hairdo or around the neck and paired with a bright blue sweater and a military jacket. Think: vintage backpacker style!
    $6 at Unionmade Goods
  • Lumberjack Coat 10 of 15
    Lumberjack Coat
    Pair this jacket with a skirt and tights or a long dress for an ultra charming tomboy look. The forest green, lumberjack plaid is made from cotton and lined in fleece.
    $113.99 Blackbird
  • Canvas Overcoat 11 of 15
    Canvas Overcoat
    This canvas overcoat boasts fantastic little details like a drawstring waist and a leather buckle. Wear with a dress, tights and boots for a vintage-inspired hiking look á la The Von Trapps.
    $480 at Unionmade Goods
  • Peacoat with Elbow Patches 12 of 15
    Peacoat with Elbow Patches
    A refreshing twist on the pea coat, this jacket is a great way to get on the elbow patch trend this season. Pair it with rolled up jeans and heeled boots for a chic urban look.
    $395 at Unionmade Goods
  • Fair Isle Vest 13 of 15
    Fair Isle Vest
    Fair Isle never goes out of style. This 100% wool, Scottish vest will be super sweet with a pair of Katherine Hepburn, wide-legged trousers.
    $360 at Unionmade Goods
  • Plaid Tie 14 of 15
    Plaid Tie
    Wear this teal plaid necktie made from Japanese cotton with your favorite button up shirt and you'll be channeling Annie Hall all day.
    $75 at Unionmade Goods
  • Striped Naval Sweater 15 of 15
    Striped Naval Sweater
    Wear this sweater baggy, with your favorite pair of worn-in jeans and some chukka boots. It's the quintessential boyfriend sweater.
    $625 at Unionmade Goods

For more outfit inspiration, check out  a fantastic blog all about tomboy style!

Top photo from Unionmade Goods. All other photos from respective sources.

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