I Never Expected This Basic Summer Outfit to Start Trending, But I'm Glad It Is

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I don’t know if it’s a ripple effect from the last year and a half or a byproduct of being in my 30s, but now more than ever, I find myself gravitating towards simple outfits. While statement-making looks—particularly those found on the red carpet—are always fun to look at, when it comes to getting myself dressed, I’m into ensembles that require as minimal effort as possible whilst still looking cool, of course.

This might sound like a lot to ask for, but I’ve already found the solution. You need only scroll past a handful of images on your Instagram feed to see that oversized shirts are summer’s breakout buy. Fashion types have seemingly bought them in bulk to throw on with everything from straight-leg jeans and drawstring shorts to elegant midi skirts.

I’ve pulled together six chic but discerningly simple looks I think you’re going to like, all of which revolve around an oversized shirt, be it a bright hue or a breezy fabrication. So if you’d like more time on your hands in the morning or are looking for a new off-duty look to carry you through your weekend plans, keep scrolling to discover precisely how to style an oversized shirt and to shop any pieces you might need to re-create the outfits for yourself.


Style Notes: Resist the temptation to tuck your oversized shirt into your jeans. Instead, leave it loose and leave the bottom buttons unfastened to create a billowing silhouette.

Shop the look:

Arket Lightweight Linen Shirt (£55)

Celine Cl4019 Cat-Eye Sunglasses (£290)

& Other Stories Favourite Cut Cropped (£65)

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Quilted Leather Heels (£1225)


Style Notes: Much like the above, I love how Sylvie leaves the bottom buttons on her oversized shirt undone to create an interesting layered look with her miniskirt.

Shop the look:

Chinti & Parker Oatmeal Cashmere Slouchy Sweater (£250)

ASOS Design Oversized Dad Shirt (£25)

H&M Linen-Blend Skirt (£18)

COS Leather Slingback Shoes (£135)


Style Notes: Marianne regularly uses a bright linen shirt to instantly lift her monochromatic ensembles. I plan on replicating this look down to a T.

Shop the look:

Massimo Dutti Button-Down Blouse (£50)

COS Leather Shoulder Bag (£99)

Sweaty Betty Essentials Shorts (£45)

Monki Faux Leather Sandals (£35)


Style Notes: When left undone, oversized shirting has a tendency to slip off your shoulders. Use this to your advantage by wearing an on-trend asymmetric top underneath.

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Oversized Linen Shirt (£65)

Gucci Slim Rectangular Sunglasses (£245)

Zimmermann Brightside One-Shoulder Vest Top (£130)

Frame Paneled Stretch-Cotton Taper Trousers (£285)


Style Notes: You know the saying "less is more"? Never has that been so evident. A linen shirt worn loose over a simple maxi skirt is beyond chic.

Shop the look:

Mint Velvet Blue Linen Long Sleeved Shirt (£69)

Missoma Mini Tilda Hoop Earrings (£79)

Miu Miu Linen Maxi Skirt (£860)

Theory Multi-Strap Lug Sandal in Leather (£172)


Style Notes: Once controversial, bra tops are having a moment right now. I've noticed tonnes of influencers styling theirs with an oversized shirt over top. Though, Aniyah's interpretation is easily my favourite.

Shop the look:

Violeta by Mango Flowy Linen Shirt (£36)

Weekday Cat Soft Bra (£12)

Mulberry Mini Iris Mulberry Pink Heavy Grain (£850)

Monki Yoko Jeans with Rips (£40)

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