Shania Twain had it right when she said “Men’s shirts, short skirts”, because with the warmer weather right around the corner, the oversized shirt is the hottest new trend. Once the stiff, staid office wear essential, the button-down shirt is dominating the fashion world in a big way – an oversized way!
Our favourite weekend go-to look is the mussed and unfussed French girl style of effortless chic, and the oversized shirt fits right in. There’s a casual sexiness to a loose, slouchy button-down worn over a miniskirt and fishnets, and nothing beats the chilled vibes of an Oxford shirt half-tucked into perfectly fitted 90’s mum jeans. It’s cool, it’s casual and it’s the perfect shirt to dress a look up or down. And with countless on-screen heroines casually getting around in their love interests’ shirts, we know it’s a look that slays!
And you don’t just have to wear a plain white one either; there are so many styles available! Try a pale blue with a vertical white stripe paired with tan leather brogues for a tomboyish feel, or explore the embellished pieces making their way into fashion stores. Pro tip: if you’re going for a funkier shirt with embroidery, leg-of-mutton sleeves or pleated shoulders, keep the rest of your ensemble relatively simple so as not to overwhelm. In this transeasonal time of winter melting into spring, you can rock an oversized denim jacket or a loosely fitted trench with your button-down; nothing too tight or you risk a crumpled, messy look.
You can find more feminine silhouettes with bell sleeves or waist ties to cinch you in if you’re after a look with some delicate flair. But I think we can all agree that we’ll always love the androgynous, effortless feel of the good old oversized button-down shirt!
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.