“Forever a wardrobe staple, forever a never ending quest to find ‘the one’.”
Ah the humble, white shirt. Forever a wardrobe staple, forever a never ending quest to find ‘the one’. I not so ashamedly have a pretty large collection, with which I would ditch in an instant in favour for my growing repertoire of mens shirts. From about the ages of 7-11 I was a pretty big tomboy – boys clothes, matching with my brother, camo print galore, etc, etc. This has definitely channeled its way into my new adult life and thus, into my shirt collection.
I’ve never particularly enjoyed fitted clothes, particularly on the top half, I have no idea why, but I have grown to favour a slouchy sillhouette. I’ve worn oversized shirts countless times on the blog, such as here and here and god help me if I ever tire of them, as I’ll have nothing to wear! Through my quest to find the perfect, oversized shirt I’ve come to find that in actuality, menswear does it so much better – so here’s my little guide on how to style menswear and give your wardrobe that masculine edge (camo and pokemon tee’s not required)
A multi-seasonal god-send
Nothing beats the effortless drape of an oversized shirt, hanging ever so slightly from your shoulders, tucked into some killer, fitted denim. A classic, white will always be a winner, particularly when paired with a punchy, red lip. Experiment with colours too – blush pink is killer come spring and summer, paired with light wash denim. Come Autumn and Winter, layer over some leather trousers, boots and a wool jacket to nail layering for colder months.
Make Pinterest your bestie
Pinterest, over the last several months, has become nothing less than a sartorial lifeline when I feel like I can’t get myself dressed in the mornings! Some days I can be overwhelmingly inspired and others, stuck in a style rut with not way out except my pyjamas and slippers – I can pass that as cosy-chic, right? I started to compile Pinterest folders over on my Pinterest from seasons to occasions, meaning that whenever I get stuck, I’m only a click away from a wardrobe revamp.
I’m the type of kid that likes to cut out her fave outfits and editorials from Vogue and Elle and stick them all over the place (how damn, cliche!) But this is what’s inspired me for years, keeping a collection of pretty things that I love, so I feel like Pinterest was a natural progression. Not sure what shoes to pair with an outfit? Struggling to know what would compliment your oversized, frill adorned shirt? Pinterest will pull up a multitude of stylish options, which you can save into a little folder to look at whenever you fancy (this ALWAYS helps me, without fail!)
Flirt with masculine silhouettes paired with feminine touches
Nothing makes me happier (or defines my style more) than a delightful mix of masculine and feminine. This is also perfect for those of you who are new to experimenting with menswear and masculine shapes. I don’t feel right if I’m wearing a head to toe masculine outfit, nor do I feel comfortable in a super, girly ensemble – I need to mix the two in order to feel like myself. If you don’t feel right in a look, play around with pieces – your jacket, shoes, bags – balance out the masculine and feminine elements of your outfit until you feel amazing!
My fave masculine/feminine combos:
– Oversized shirts + High waisted jeans (straight legged or skinny are my fave!
– Slouchy, boyfriend jeans + Heels, to add sophistication
– Floaty & ruffled dresses + Denim and biker jackets to toughen a look
– Maxi/midi dresses + boots for the perfect summer festival combo
– Oversized tee’s + bright lips ( a pop of pink, red and coral for summer and a deep plum for autumn/winter
– Tailored trousers + cosy, soft and chic knitwear
– Distressed denim + silk camis and blouses
SHOP MY TOP, MASCULINE PICKS
Shop the look
I hope you guys are loving this pop of colour I’m embracing at the moment, I was also so impressed with how colourful my recent ASOS haul was! I’d love to know whether you’re a seasoned, colour expert or like myself, are only just dabbling your foot into this new world!
I’ve also got so much Spring style & travel, goodness coming to my channel, so make sure you’re subscribed!
Photography by Ben Kapur