The oversized collared shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing that you can own and is a wardrobe staple.
It is super comfy and great for those days you feel bloated and blah on the inside but still want to look stylish and chic on the outside.
You can wear it to the office, on the plane, out for coffee, or to cocktail hour. Dress it down with leggings to run errands or dress it up with a mini skirt to show off how hard you’ve been working at bootcamp.
If you have a large collared shirt in your collection, or are looking at expanding your wardrobe versatility on a budget, here are my top 5 ways of wearing this style of shirt:
1 – Super comfortable for on-the-go.
If your oversized shirt comes lower than your butt, than wear it in its natural state with a pair of leggings and comfy shoes. This is a great way to style it when traveling, feeling bloated or when you’re not looking to get dressed up. Style it up with a hat and if you’re feeling a little bit shapeless, tie a sweater or belt around your waist to cinch it in. It’s great for that ‘I’m feeling laid back but still a I’m still a #girlboss‘ look.
2 – Casual but not sloppy.
If you’re heading out to meet friends for coffee or lunch and want to remain casual but still show a little bit of style, tuck the front of the shirt into your fave pair of jeans, and leave the back untucked for that casual ‘done but undone’ look. Set the look of with a nice pair of heels and of course, a hat, if you’re so inclined.
3 – With a twist.
Knot the bottom of your shirt and then twist and tuck the back of it into pants. This is a great way to style your shirt with high waisted pants and skirts. It brings the extra material in without adding bulk around your waist.
4 – Full tuck.
The full tuck option is great for skirts because the excess material that is now down around your butt is not going to look bulky, like if you were to do it with a pair of tight pants.
5 – Layered.
All collared shirts are great for layering under sweaters, jackets and blazers. Pair it with tights or jeans, and then style. Roll up your shirt’s cuffs up over the end of the sweater, add a jacket over top and of course, try hats and beanies and gloves are great finishing touches.
Other little things you can do to change up the look of your shirt:
- Roll up your sleeves
- Roll down your sleeves
- Button your collar right up
- Leave collar open and relaxed
- Use a belt to cinch in your waist
- Knot it at the front
- Wear it open and loose over a casual body con dress or singlet
- Add a bow or tie at the collar
- Try different accessories – necklaces, chokers, earrings, hats
Suggestions on picking up the right style shirt to ensure its versatility are:
- Pick a monochrome or basic patterned shirt. The more basic the shirt, the more versatile it will be.
- For increased versatility you also want to get a long sleeved shirt and one that comes down to your butt at least.
- Make sure when you are trying it on that you like how it fits around your arms and bust. An uncomfortable shirt is no good to you.
- Try out different ways of tying and tucking the shirt before you buy, so that you are happy with how it looks.
- Make sure it is well made. No point in spending money on an item that you plan on wearing a lot just to have it fall apart before you even get to the 4th look.
So there you have it. 1 shirt, endless possibilities.
Finding new ways to wear items you already own is a great way to expand your wardrobe without adding to it. Not only that, it is a great way to expand your styling skills ad find unique ways to express your style.
I would love to hear how you like to style your shirt, and what other items of clothing you own that you think are super versatile! Leave me a comment below, or tag #thechicidentity in your looks on Instagram.
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If you would like to see how I styled this shirt in another way, check out my earlier post on My Top Tips For A Flawless Fake Tan