It’s well documented that the notion of women donning men’s clothing is not a very new one. This quote from a 1954 issue of LIFE magazine gives an adorable insight into the shopping habits of ‘tweedy young women’ of the day who raided the Brooks Brothers menswear store:

“Although Brooks Brothers is generally identified with impeccably conservative male plumage, the staid New York store has recently become a shopping haunt for sophisticated women. This trend was started when the store opened a counter, placed discreetly at the rear of the main floor, where tweedy young women from college or the suburbs could buy the Brooks Brothers man’s shirt many of them had begun wearing. Given this opening, more and more women have encroached upon the whole store, greedily discovering other items of male apparel that they can take over for themselves.” LIFE magazine, 1954

Photo by Nina Leen, 1954

Image from the Life archive, via tomboy style.

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