Fresh shirting trends

5 shirt styles to try when buttoning up

sheer shirt

We get it: the hotter it gets, the less you want to wear. For many of us shirts are off the agenda, but we’re here to make a case for them. The new generation of shirts are more laid-back, more versatile and more stylish than their older, tight-collared predecessors. They’re made for dressing up or down, moving or lounging around and they’re ideal for the sunny season. These are the five styles we can’t wait to try out.

Want drama? Go long

long-line shirt

A long-length shirt can double as an alternative for a midi or maxi dress and it looks chic when paired with tailored pants and heels. For a more relaxed setting, wear it with light blue jeans and try out one of the latest street-style trends: the half-tuck. Either tuck your shirt in at the front and leave the back out or unbutton it down to your waist and tuck in the buttoned side.

Want something romantic? Go off-the-shoulder

off the shoulder shirt

‘Tis the season for ruffles, lace and all things statement at the sleeves. An off-the-shoulder shirt is the perfect low-key way to channel the romantic trend. Wear yours with a pencil skirt or high-waisted denim shorts for a beachside-ready look. Sunglasses necessary.

Want to go chic? Add some stripes

striped shirt

Nothing says, ‘I’m chic 24/7’ better than a striped shirt. It goes with everything, from trousers and skirts to tailored athleisure gear. This summer, play around with proportions (go oversized) or layering (wear it open over a bralette).

Want something cute? Check’s for you

check shirt

If you’re looking for something to rock at your next picnic or poolside braai (that won’t have an all-white theme), you should make check your go-to pattern when the sun’s out. Wear it with something even-toned to channel a 90s summery vibe. We're thinking a tie-front detailed shirt and cut-off denim shorts. Speaking of cutting it…

Planning a night on the town? Try going sheer

sheer shirt

To complete the sassy ensemble you’ll no doubt wear when you pop bottles, a sheer shirt will add the perfect amount of edge without compromising on comfort. Wear it over a bra with a high-waisted mini skirt or cigarette pants and your favourite heels.

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Shelley Mokoena
Mihlali Ndamase
Asanda Sizani