Who knew that my kids, by insisting on wearing their coats back to front, were actually at the forefront of one of the key trends for the SS17 season? Yep, people it’s time to get dressed back to front. Well not entirely, but definitely with your shirts because this season pieces that look like they are on the wrong way round, are right! And if a deconstructed men’s shirt is a step too far, then make sure you have one of these more consumer friendly pieces in your wardrobe, because shirts were king of the catwalks. It is a trend that works for the office and the weekend with smart and casual styles alike and is great for this time in the season when you can layer it up with knitwear.
On the high street you need go no further than M&S who have gone all out on the shirting and got a great selection of styles. Starting off with their Limited range and this Pure Cotton Striped Fluted Sleeve Blouse £29.50 which is spot on as sleeve details are big this season. Wear with blue denim and tan boots/trainers for a casual look or pair with black tapered leg trousers and brogues/flats for the office. Add a statement necklace to brighten up your outfit.
Another style with sleeve details is this Limited Ruffle High Neck Long Sleeve Blouse £29.50. This would add a nice touch of femininity to a pair of crepe trousers/track pants. (Actually this is not really a shirt at all but v. nice nonetheless.)
Autograph’s Pure Cotton Poplin Long Sleeve Shirt £39.50 is another great style which would look slick with slim legged trousers and either heels or flats. This also comes in a blue stripe.
In the M&S Collection range is this Striped V Neck Tie Sleeve Shell Top £25.
And on the white shirt front there is the Pure Cotton Tie Waist Long Sleeve Shirt £27.50. This is another one to wear with a slim leg trouser or taped denim and heels and which also comes in a stripe.
Next has a similar style too: Tie Front Formal Shirt £36.
If it is a more ‘borrowed from your boyfriend’ look that you are after, then Zara’s Oversized Shirt £25.99 is just the job.
But I found a great one at Mango – Cotton Shirt £19.99 which also comes in white and which I have already worn loads with my Uniqlo Heattech underneath and either layered up with a sweater and jeans or just with my camel coat. Camel and baby blue is a lovely colour combo and great for spring too.
Ruffles and wraps are the order of the day otherwise at Mango: Ruffled Cotton Shirt £35.99.
And Wrap Blouse £29.99. Both perfect updates to your work wear wardrobe for the spring.
At River Island is a lovely, more casual and feminine take on the trend with this Blue Stripe Star Print Blouse £30. More big sleeves here…
And this Blue Stripe Crochet Bell Blouse £35 which I cannot find on their site other than in Plus sizes but is most definitely in stores.
Finally over at H&M there is this Frilled Cotton Blouse £12.99 which would look great under a piece of knitwear to show the collar and cuff detail while we wait for the weather to warm up.
I love this next H&M style which again I cannot find on the internet but it is £24.99 and in stores all over. This would look great with relaxed jeans and boots, or paired with a blazer or with smarter trousers.
So whilst previous seasons have been about the white shirt, this season blue is where it’s at. Go striped, masculine, oversized, feminine, ruffled, with fluted sleeves – the list goes on. And if all else fails then maybe you can borrow your man’s striped shirt for an authentic oversized look. Husband’s wardrobe here I come…