The shirt shake-up

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The button down is an essential of any capsule wardrobe. Whether you prefer crisp white or blue and white stripe, it’s an effortless way to look polished and put together. The catwalks have recently featured a deconstructed approach to this classic with designers such as Victoria Beckham, Joseph and Alexander Wang experimenting with ruffles, removing sleeves and adding volume.

As we start a new style year, it’s your chance to shake off the tried and tested (although we do love the original) and experiment with something edgier. Don’t be nervous, these new iterations promise comfort but impact with their new silhouettes.

Top tips for getting the new shirt trend right:

1. Let your shirt be the hero of the outfit. With the addition of ruffles, an asymmetrical hem or off-shoulder detail you don’t want too much going on in your outfit.

2. Team your shirt with jeans – mid-rise with a cropped, frayed hem – or a pencil skirt (especially leather or leather look skirts). It’s a great play on classic corporate wear.

3. The perfect accessory for your updated look? A structured bag.

4. If you’re still deciding whether you want to invest in a shirt 2.0 then experiment with the look – unbutton your button and tug it down to around your shoulders. (It’s not a perfect solution but you’ll get the look.)

Styles to try:


Shoulder smoulder is totally a vibe this summer.

Longer length

An easy divergence from the original.


If you’re more Shoshanna from Girls than you are Rachel from Suits.

Styles on the rise:


As temperatures start to cool, you’ll be embracing more shirting details. Ruffles are sticking around for a while.


Get extra (style) mileage out of your slip dress and layer it over your striped button down. (Unbuttoned cuffs are a must!)

Get your new look button down from Woolies.