Shirts on the catwalks of (left to right): Chloe, Stella McCartney, Tome and Phillip Lim
Just in case you haven’t received the memo, the humble button-down shirt is set to be the must-have item this summer. While this isn’t exactly groundbreaking news – it’s always been a staple in women’s wardrobes thanks to its versatility and ability to compliment any style – this season it’s evolved from a modest essential into a full-blown fashion statement
Here are five styles you need to own.
The off-the-shoulder shirt
One style that appeared in countless of collections, including talked-about label Jacquemus, is the ubiquitous off-the-shoulder silhouette. It’s all about showing some skin, as evidenced in Emilio Pucci’s one-shoulder style and Zac Posen’s shirts with collar askew collar.
The dramatic sleeve shirt
While some designers showed off shoulders, others moved further down the arm. At Celine, Phoebe Philo’s shirts come cropped with voluminous sleeves shaped like tulips. Ellery off-the-shoulder style feature dramatic ruffled sleeves that are part costume drama, part modern. Phillip Lim’s come with extended cuffs and ties around the wrist.
The shirt dress
Another favourite silhouette is the shirt dress, which has become a summer essential ever since Raf Simons debuted his at Dior a few seasons ago. Oversized button down styles can we worn on top of leggings, while maxi styles are light and airy. Many brands, like Palmer Harding, have opted for a step hem which is cool and contemporary.
The ruffled shirt
It’s all about creating romance, that is part quirky, part vintage. Leading the way is Gucci with its colourful, vintage inspired bow-neck shirts . Tome’s is worn unbuttoned down to the navel and features oversized ruffles down one side.
The blue shirt
While white is the order of the day, light blue has also proved popular. Christopher Kane’s bright blue version came with rubber pockets and cuffs. Even denim made an appearance at Chloe. Choose styles made from men’s wear fabrics as they are cool and unexpected.