May 30, 2006

The Loose Shirt Look

The loose shirt look is one of the most deceivingly easy but in reality really hard to master looks. The point to this look is to look casual and effortless, like you are out for relaxing stroll. According to various style magazines (from Teen Vogue to Elle,) you're supposed to buy a shirt "a few sizes too big or borrow your boyfriend's".

This instruction sounds simple enough, but honestly, who's going to deliberately buy a shirt that doesn't even fit herself? (Unless you're very desperate to achieve this look or you have an amazingly large clothing budget.) And does anyone really walk around with only a few buttons buttoned up? (such as the Tommy Hilfiger look on the right.) Yes, in the Paul Smith photos (on the left), the model actually looks like she's taking a relaxing stroll in the city, but let's face it, most of us wouldn't be able achieve the same effect.

In my very limited experience of buying and wearing white shirts (for the rare formal job related events,) I always feel very... office-like. White shirts are essential for the office-look -like in the Jil Sander photo above, but ultimately, hard to translate into casualwear.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first picture w/ the loose white shirt i think is able to translate into casual weekend wear. but yea typically white shirts are staple office wear!

5/30/2006 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The great thing about these kind of shirts (great ones at express) is that you can wear them tight, loose, or huge. I love the look, and for some body types, is quite easy to pull off.

5/30/2006 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree that a white shirt means office. I constantly wear a slightly oversized button down on weekends (try ralph lauren) with jeans and loafers in fall or bermudas or crop pants and ballet flats in spring. The crucial aspect of this look is how you roll the sleeves and wearing minimal jewelry but having hair perfectly coifed. This isn't a recent trend. It's a classic.

5/30/2006 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

confusing post - the point was to explain the difficulty of wearing a button down shirt casualy? i was expecting something a bit more.

5/30/2006 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I think this is a look best suited to those of us with broad shoulders. I wear the 'Loose Shirt Look' often and I feel I can pull it off.

5/30/2006 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't pull this look off. I just look like I'm wearing a too big shirt and my skinny arms look very bony. I stick to clothes my own size.

5/30/2006 4:57 PM  
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5/30/2006 5:56 PM  
Blogger k said...

The biggest problem i would see in this look is for girls with small breats wearing to large shirts. As you can see in the last picture the model looks a bit to manly, maybe if the shirt was waisted, even if worn large, would make her look more feminin.

5/30/2006 6:44 PM  
Blogger Drops Of Jupiter said...

Hi,
I was wondering if you two fashionistas could help me?

I am going to the coldplay concert in july (yipee) and I cannot decide what to wear...I don't wanna look like a grunge chick but I don't wanna wear something too delicate and dainty for fear of being pushed/pulled, stamped on, etc. I got seats in the mosh pit.
So far all I can think of is a short black dress and knee high boots a la heidi klum on project runway.

Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks a lot gals.

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5/30/2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find little boys' dress shirts at ralph lauren and they actually run large enough - through size 20. they give the loose shirt effect without being overly baggy.

5/30/2006 9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shopping in the kids' dept. is a great idea! (usually less expensive, too)

5/30/2006 11:00 PM  
Blogger AngieDawn said...

I love this new look, so I put a link to your post on my shoe blog! :)

5/31/2006 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this look and just happen to be wearing it right now. For skinnier girls like me, it looks the best if you pair the loose shirt with a miniskirt or short shorts and then flip flops so it looks casual and not manly. If buttoning only a few buttons bothers you, wear a plain cami inside.

5/31/2006 6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i recommend dkny men's shirts.
they're nicely structured. they are a bit pricey, but i use my dad's.

5/31/2006 9:05 AM  
Blogger meerstaubkeineahnung said...

i really like this look and i´m wearing it sinc last year, mostly with a white t- shirt underneath a stripped shirt - it´s an old one from my mother - that´s why it is rather long and not that tailled but the arms are shorther so i cremble them up.

6/01/2006 2:59 AM  
Blogger rainbowbuttons said...

that white extra-plus shirt could gives you your own 'fabulous lane'...wear it with you wide-belt.i love black wide-belt..paired it with your shorts and gladiator..then..you can walk like a star...

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