I think we can all agree that whatever our style and whichever our lifestyle, a nicely cut shirt can fit the bill on so many different occasions.
Whether you're the androgynous type who snatches her man's or the super girly girl who lives in frills, there are a few key pieces that need to reside in your wardrobe. Here are the 8 shirt styles that will make putting together an outfit a doddle.
1. Classic White
Undeniably a statement piece that no well thought-out wardrobe can do without, the classic white shirt can dress up a pair of jeans and down dress a sequin skirt in seconds. Find a cut that suits your body shape and don't be afraid to splurge a little more than usual on this item. Choose well and you will get years of use out of it!
2. Denim Shirt
One time a cowgirl cliche, denim shirts have now had a good couple of years of it-girl appreciation. Tuck it into skinnies, whack it over a dress or dare to bare in oversize and wedges.
3. The Pink Shirt
This AW, fashion is having a bit of a moment with pink. Sugary hues have been making the rounds through the world's Fashion Week this month and to be frank, I couldn't be more excited. Prep-cool, feminine and elegant, elevate the look with a splash of red to dominate the trend.
4. The Plaid Shirt
Obviously. Add some plaid to your Sunday brunch and feel like total Instagram royalty. Seen paired with statement gold jewellery, mannish hoodies or leather trousers, every combination seems to suit this shirt like a glove.
5. The Bell Sleeve Shirt
Will this last the test of time? Probably not. But as it stands, the bell sleeve is a cool twist on the classic shirt. Avoid looking puffy by cleverly choosing slimmer waistlines or tucking into high waisted bottoms.
6. The Puff Sleeve
And talking of sleeves, the puff sleeve has totally time travelled and landed directly at our fashion doorstep. A nice statement piece to replace the night time dress, keep it cool mixed with contrasting patterns or play with volume by pairing it with a little mini skirt.
7. The Silk Blouse
Back to basics, if you want a foolproof wardrobe that will get you through any unexpected eventuality, invest in a nice silk blouse. Play with metallic shades and flowery patterns for extra fashionista points or keep it classic and white for a failsafe choice for those nothing-to-wear moments.
8. The Sheer Shirt
Feeling sassy? Transparency is another one of those trends that has survived to see another year. Take your outfit from day to night with an elegant but sexy sheer shirt. The underlay here is what will make all the difference...
And there you have it, 8 easy pieces to add to your capsule wardrobe and guarantee a lifetime of good outfit days.
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