BEAUTY & FASHION

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

Tania Braukamper
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Tania Braukamper

There are wardrobe classics and there are statement trend pieces. And there are pieces like this, that defy logic by managing, simultaneously, to be both. Because what could be more classic than a crisp white button-up shirt? And what could be more on-trend than a shirt that's been taken and reimagined, deconstructed, given a unique, statement-making twist?

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

Hence the argument that your wardrobe will devour a piece like this hungrily and happily. If versatility and longevity are desirable qualities in any piece of clothing, then you have yourself a winner.

Why the classic white shirt is such a staple needs little explaining. Think of one and your mind will flash through the thousand elegant images of Vogue shoots and Carolina Herrera and Audrey Hepburn and various other incarnations. These associations are both strong and inspiring.

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

On last spring's runways the latest wave of shirt twists reached trend momentum: There were off-shoulder versions, single-sleeved ones, backless ones. For spring 2017 the wave keeps going, with added peplums and frills and exaggerated sleeves. Blue and white banker stripes rose up on the runways alongside classic white for another chic option.

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

On the S/S 2017 runways: Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Self-Portrait, Monse. Images: Vogue.com.

Another perk of the deconstructed shirt trend is that it’s fairly transeasonal. Wear it during the cold months, under a warm coat to the office, or layered under a chunky knit with collar and cuffs peeking out. When the weather starts to thaw, you have a piece that can be styled myriad ways just by changing what you pair it with. Try tailored pants and pumps 9-to-5; high-waisted jeans and sneakers on weekends; a little leather skirt and boots after night falls.

One particularly cool way to pull off the look is to find a piece that's all business from the front — with a playful twist on the other side. This not only adds an element of surprise, but keeps the piece wearable across more situations and a greater span of time. 

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

Above, an open-backed white version by Tome, in cotton-poplin with a tuxedo-style front. And below, the 'Enzo' shirt by Sandy Liang in blue and white, with a wrap-around back and ruffle detail (both available at Net-a-Porter.com). 

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

For something less business-like, here's a pretty neat option by Jacquemus that combines an off-shoulder cut with exaggerated proportions on the sleeves; and a dreamy blue version with gathered detail and billowy bib-front silhouette by New Zealand designer Georgia Alice (also both at Net-a-Porter.com).

This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing
This Piece Might Just Be What Your Wardrobe Is Missing

Still in doubt that your wardrobe would welcome this fusion of trendy and classic? Well what can I say: The only way to know is to try it out for yourself.