Altuzarra, Rodarte and Alexander Wang, Spring/Summer 2014, All Over Press.

Altuzarra, Rodarte and Alexander Wang, Spring/Summer 2014, All Over Press.


You might see it as part of your casual, everyday wardrobe, but the shirt begs to differ. With the rise of the statement version, it is now fit for any occasion.

Is the statement shirt this season’s hero piece? Like the sweatshirt before it, this wardrobe staple has moved decisively into the realms of high fashion. We’re not talking about the simple white shirt here (though Julia Roberts did wear one with her Dolce & Gabbana gown to the Golden Globes). The most stylish shirts of today are embellished, embroidered and come in luxe materials such as leather and silk.

But why shirts now? Well, the successful relaunch of French label Equipment in 2010 first opened fashionistas’ eyes to the flattering qualities of classic, fine-fabric shirts. And for S/S 2014, catwalk brands such as No21 have taken the art of the shirt to the next level, with amazing appliqué, and innovative cropped cuts.

Most of all, it’s the street style stars who show us how shirts are done. Nausheen Shah always looks amazing in hers, whether it’s an exquisite lace-on-lace piece or a cool 11/UN-DICI slogan shirt.

In need of a summery styling tip? Tucking a deliciously bold print shirt into a pencil or A-line skirt is the hottest deal on the streets right now. Or, for a beach-to-club version, see Alexander Wang and Rodarte, who styled shirts unbuttoned from the waist up – this works with or without a bandeau bikini underneath.

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