THE OVERSIZED SHIRT

How to buy less, choose well and style your new favourite oversized shirt so you'll always love it.

27.01.2020

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Photography I DANIEL Archer

styling I naomi barling

Voluminous treatment is still the season’s go-to. Brands across the board seem to be opting for roomier fits and exaggerated proportions. The whole concept of masculine silhouettes isn’t new; think back to Coco Chanel in the 1920s, Marlene Dietrich or Katharine Hepburn, and, of course, Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. They all paved the way for masculine dressing and it’s stuck.

Just to clarify, the oversized shirt is also known as the boyfriend shirt, and despite the distinctly unfeminist name, really the "boyfriend" part just refers to the idea that the clothes should look as if you commandeered them from his wardrobe.

THE oversized SHIRT

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BURO. STYLING TIPS OF THE SEASON.

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Buy a style that has longevity. Choose linen or cotton - fabrics you can wear wash, wear wash forever. Consider classic colourways, such as subtle pinstripe, white or businessman blue. 

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For layering lovers, pair your oversized shirt with a roll neck underneath, with a fitted jacket on top and if you’re really into the slouchy look, some baggy trousers. Just make sure you finish off with some heels and jewellery to make the look feel put together rather than lazy.

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If you prefer a more polished look go for a French tuck with some tapered trousers tucked into slouchy boots. Keep the top button undone and wear with chunky jewellery. However, if you prefer a little more shape, don’t be put off: buy an oversized style and pinch in the waist with a belt, or take it down to your local fixer-upper and get two darts put in the back, à la Jacquemus. It’s all about DIY. The last style is for those who love a skirt and shirt combo; Prada’s boxy shaped silhouette paved the way for this androgynous oversized look. Go for a midi skirt and knee-length boots or a mini skirt, flat combat boots and a bomber. The boxy shirt will finish just over the waistband, so no tucking needed.

HOW ARE YOU WEARING YOUR OVERSIZED SHIRT THIS SEASON?

“I either wear my oversized shirt with cropped fitted trousers and a pair of chunky flat boots or with slim-leg trousers and square-toe heels. I love the ease of wearing a big roomy shirt and have been buying printed ones so they have a bit of personality and I can clash them with whatever I put on top. The proportions on a slim leg and big baggy shirt when paired with a blazer feels modern. You can also keep the buttons undone and pair with a second skin top underneath to add some layering. An oversized shirt is work appropriate, but still ticks the sartorial boxes as well as being so easy to wear. It’s been a go to for me this season.” Naomi Barling Fashion Editor

NAOMI BARLING, BURO. FASHION EDITOR


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