The boyfriend shirt. An appropriate piece to discuss just after Valentine’s day, as you may still have one lying around your flat. It might now easily become something that “needs to be dry cleaned” forever in an excuse not to return it to its original owner. I consider button down white shirts a personal wardrobe staple and if you already have one in your wardrobe I’m sure you feel the same. Whether you have nicked it from your love or you love the one you bought in a men’s shop yourself, they are fail proof. They’re also a great way to make you look smart with very minimal effort. I love the relaxed, timeless feel and freedom of a man’s shirt. There is also something mysterious about wearing one. No one knows where it came from and how you came to wear it.
For work, a boyfriend fit button down can take you from coffee to cocktails seamlessly. A shirt with a pair of smart trousers is always a safe bet. Lately, I have been getting into colours and prints and I think it adds personal personality to a look made up of basic pieces. Try a more relaxed fit trouser for a Friday to start to unwind for the weekend. Adding a pair of sock boots keeps the relaxed look polished and you comfortable. That way when you arrive to after work cocktails you can still walk properly.
For those lazy weekend days when you might have to be around other humans at some point, a pair of light denim paired with elegant flats will fool anyone into thinking that there is no way this person binged watched a show (again) all morning. Personally I love a nice belt to give some shape to the look and to add just a bit more polish.
A Night Out
Nights out or on a date are my favourite occasions to wear a boyfriend shirt. It looks elegant, but not too fussy. It gives the impression that you have your sh*t together but that you can also have fun. Pairing it with a leather mini skirt is a fun way to add a feminine touch. A majority of the time I freeze my butt off when I throw this look on, especially for this time of year, so I recommend a nice trench to top it all off. My old soul also likes to add a neck tie or scarf to the look but I never tie it completely. I also never button the shirt all the way up either. As the saying goes “the devil is in the details” and for me it’s the details I ignore altogether. For a fun play on the look, say for a night out with friends, pairing everything together with a pair of trainers adds a touch of playfulness.
Easy to say, he is never getting that shirt back.