An oversized shirt is the neutral power player of your wardrobe. Choose a striped fabric, or classic white or blue, and you will find that its versatility is limitless. Style it slightly dishevelled, à la Patti Smith, with narrow pants, or offset a miniskirt with its volume – think Julia Roberts in the shopping scene from the 1990 blockbuster Pretty Woman – with sleeves rolled up.
Alternatively, you could supersize your whole look as the Row did with an open shirt over a tucked-in tank top worn with wide-leg trousers (swap the tank out for a fine-gauge black polo neck worn underneath on days when the weather is colder). Comme des Garçons’ aptly named “Shirt” line is top of the class. Top tip: go for men’s styles if you’re after a looser fit. Palmer/Harding are shirting maestros, creating statement seasonless pieces that are destined to be wardrobe talking points. Look for their dual styles with detachable sleeves suitable for year-round wear.
With Nothing Underneath’s boyfriend shirt (£85) is a good all-rounder and the brand offers a monogramming service for an additional charge. Meanwhile, on the high street, Massimo Dutti’s loose-fit cream shirt has a ruffle-collar detail (£59), Ninety Percent’s double pocket shirt (£99) looks good styled with half tuck into highwaisted trousers and H&M’s white style, £17.99, is the perfect choice for a more casual look, worn with jeans and flat mules. Accessorise your shirt with minimal jewellery; a fine chain necklace and simple band ring are the perfect finishing touch.
Logo-embroidered shirt,£165, Homme Girls, matchesfashion.com
Oversized stripe shirt, £29.99, zara.com
Off-white matt cotton poplin shirt, £325, margarethowell.com
Oversized striped shirt, £59, arket.com
Long Oxford shirt, £95, toa.st
Blue stripe shirt, £59, hush-uk.com