8 Ways To Wear The Boyfriend Blouse
The new shirt dress (AKA boyfriend blouse, button-down tunic or supersize shirt) is slightly longer and more boxy that it’s forerunners. This is a definite Fall 2014 wardrobe staple. Because of the loose fit and a lot of monochromatic fabric, it is important to find a way to break it all up. You might be inclined to reach for a belt, but with this type of shirt that can look outdated. I will show you 8 different and exciting ways that this shirt can be styled. Mine is from Monki and you can get it here. You can also find a similar one at Nasty Gal, Acne, G-Star and Donna Karan or in denim at ASOS. There are also lots of colour or print options, but I prefer it in white personally.
P.S. These looks can definitely be emulated and adjusted for men’s style too! Men are also wearing these longer tunic shirts now, which I think is super cool! Check out this one from Rick Owens. Let me know which look you guys like the best! And tell me if you have some other great style ideas of your own xx
1. With Jeans & Leather Jacket
Probably the most basic and simple way to style this shirt. Choose a pair of skinny jeans with minimal detail. Holes on the knees are optional! A necklace over the collar keeps the shirt from looking too clinical. These jeans are from Zara and so is the leather jacket. Boots are from Skeihk and necklace is from H&M.
2. With A Mesh Jersey
This look is a little more playful and interesting. You don’t have to do this with a jersey, it can also be just a mesh shirt or another top in an interesting fabric. The trick is to keep it the same colour or a shade off from the shirt dress, and play with the texture instead. Again jeans are from Zara, pumps are from Zara, jersey is from H&M and accessories are from Aldo.
3. With A School Girl Skirt
School uniform is all the rage right now. As an individual who had to wear school uniform on the daily growing up, I never, ever, ever thought I’d try to emulate this look later in life, when I have the freedom to wear anything I please! The long shirt makes this look a little more edgy and fun. The skirt is from TopShop and goes great with this cropped sweater from H&M. I Wore this with my favorite Zara pumps. You can also add some medium length socks with this look to top it off!
4. With A Crop Top And Shorts
My favorite style trend of the season is this style of buttoning a shirt only at the top. I love it because it can be used to easily update existing pieces in your wardrobe to look new and trendy. This also works perfectly with the shirt dress. Just put on a crop top, shorts and sneakers or combat boots and you’ve got a simple stylish day-time look! Bonus: You can wear those really short shorts without worrying about showing your whole butt! My top is from TopShop, shorts from H&M, sneakers are Nike and accessories are Aldo.
5. With A Sporty Jacket
It’s all about creating contrast. Mixing a white button-down shirt with an athletic jacket is sort of unexpected, which is what makes it so cool. If you choose a jacket that is quite loose fitting like this one, go for a short tight dress underneath. I’m wearing a body-con dress in black and white from Bebe, jacket and sneakers from Adidas and accessories from Aldo.
6. With An Oversized Cardigan
This is a lazy “running errands” type look for me. In order for this to work, find a cardigan which is on the longer side. Just make sure that it is either slightly shorter or longer than the shirt dress itself. If your shirt is slightly see-through like mine, just wear a fitted dress or shorts underneath. High heels are a must for this slouchy style! My cardi is from H&M and shoes & accessories from Aldo.
7. With Leather
Again, playing with texture and contrasts. Black and white is always good and leather paired with a crisp white shirt is never wrong. I am wearing flat thigh high boots from Zara for a little more of a casual feel, but feel free to whip out the high heel boots for this one! Thigh high boots are sexy no matter what height. I am wearing body-con dress from Bebe underneath and the leather panel top is from Zara (similar here).
8. With A Trench
In this last look I am combining a couple of the style tips which I have mentioned previously. Leather pants (similar here) in a colour go great with this shirt (these are actually a lot brighter than they appear!) Keep the shirt unbuttoned to show a little midriff if you like, and roll up the sleeves for a casual vibe. This classic Calivin Klein trench coat has a masculine feel to it, as opposed to the racy red leather.
I hope you guys like the looks, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!