Welcome to the men’s section: the part of the store you have to walk past in order to get to the women’s section. If you haven’t stopped by yet, you are missing out. As a tall woman, men’s proportions may actually fit better on you. There’s quite a few pieces you can add to your wardrobe without sacrificing fit or femininity.
Also, have you seen the prices in the men’s section? They’re often markedly cheaper. Why do the same basics cost less for men? Here’s my tangential hypothesis:
Pink is the color of our woman tribe. We’re dressed in pink before we learn how to talk. Pink is the easiest way for marketers to signal they have made a product just for us girls! But they also use pink to make women spend more money.
A simple trip to Walgreens confirms my hypothesis. A box of 1 oz generic anti-itch cream costs $3.99. In the women’s section, the same box of 1 oz generic anti-itch cream costs $6.29, but it’s dressed in pink packaging. Both contain the same breakdown of ingredients.
When I see “for women” packaging, I always assume there is a comparable if not identical product in the men’s section that costs less. So ladies, let’s take off our rose-colored glasses and venture into that section in the front of the store. If you have a narrow frame, I also recommend the young men’s section.
Here’s a snapshot of what you can find:
I’ve never worn a men’s three-piece suit, but I hope to rock one someday. The quality of this vest is incredible, and it’s a piece that’s often found for cheap in second-hand stores. The length of fabric also hides your love handles if you are worried about displaying them. Calvin Klein Slim-Fit Vest, originally $100, now on sale!
I found this belt in one of my favorite places to shop: my fiancé’s closet. It’s free, but, annoyingly, you have to promise him to take care of it. Men’s belts are often longer, so you don’t have to tearfully search for a size that doesn’t exist in the women’s section. Western belt from some guy’s closet, free. Here are similar ones
I love wearing hoodies because they make me feel like I’m the kid from E.T. This is a unisex one from American Apparel, but I’ve also had great success with men’s styles from Alternative Apparel and Hanes. American Apparel Unisex Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie, $41.
The flannel is the holy grail of shirts, in my opinion. I call them my “writing” shirts. Put one of these on and, you know, the page writes itself. Not really, but the sleeves are long and cuddly. Men’s Flannel Casual Button Down, $30.00.
Stayed tuned for my next installment of what to buy in the men’s section, where I hope to cover my bottom half with cheaper, longer finds!
Photo Credit: Kyle Blair Photography