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How To Style An Oversized Shirt

No matter the season, we put our trust in an oversized shirt. It’s a wardrobe staple thanks to its layering ability which makes it a Spring and Summer fave. However, it’s equally as popular for Autumn and Winter when paired with knitted vests and coats for a chic off-duty vibe. Essentially, owning an oversized shirt makes any day an easy outfit day and it will successfully take you from desk to dinner with only a couple of styling tweaks. Most importantly, the oversized shirt you plump for should be one that makes you feel good - you want to be able to rely on it as a wardrobe hero that will finish off your outfit, or help you build one round it! It’s not just for the preppy lovers, it can be made edgy and masculine or sweet and feminine. A white oversized shirt is the perfect piece to also integrate colour within your outfit, as it allows anything else you wear that’s colourful to pop against it. This makes the oversized shirt a timeless essential that you’ll get so much wear out of. This guide is here to tell you why your wardrobe needs one and how the correct oversized shirt styling will take you through the seasons and into the beyond!

Work, Work, Work

The beauty of an oversized shirt is it works for either a smart office dress code or a smart casual one. And even more brilliantly, it looks just as good tucked or untucked into your bottoms! If your workplace is on the more casual side, wear your white shirt untucked with leather leggings – the skinnier fit on the bottom will ensure your figure isn’t lost underneath the shirt as well as create a visual contrast between the pieces. Wearing leather with a preppy piece like an oversized shirt creates an edge to your look and ultimately makes it more casual. Going for drinks after work? This is the outfit you can wear to work that you’ll only have to minimally change to look chic and ready to wind down with a cocktail. Swap your work shoes and blazer for boots and a leather jacket, and you’re instantly late-night ready. If your workplace follows a more traditionally professional dress code, tuck your oversized shirt into some tailored trousers and pair with a blazer for the ultimate office look. This works equally as well with a pencil skirt or underneath a dress that you’re wanting to make more professional for the office. Finish with heels or loafers and you’ll look both professional and stylish for work!

Every Day Essential

For model off-duty vibes (think airports or catching coffee with a loved one) an oversized shirt is your best friend in looking effortlessly put together especially when paired with the ultimate in casual chic. Denim. Throw on trusty blue jeans that make you feel good and hug your hips to make sure you’re still showing off your shape. We love a straight leg or kick flare fit to add a funky twist to an otherwise classic look. You don’t just have to button up your shirt and be done either – layer over a tank and wear open if it’s a warmer day or experiment with different knots and tucks to give a bit of flair to your outfit. Rolling up the shirt sleeves is another simple way of “dressing down” your outfit, as well as accessorizing with subtle jewellery and pairing with classic white trainers.

Layer Legend

The versatility of the oversized shirt is at its most noticeable when it comes to the warmer seasons. This Spring and Summer, your long-sleeved shirt won’t be banished to the back of the wardrobe. Instead, it wears perfectly as a light jacket to banish any slight breeze on an otherwise warm, sunny day. Worn open with a crop top or vest of your choice, you’ve got a stylish and easy to wear jacket for the warmer weather. An oversized shirt also works fabulously as a beach cover up – it’ll work with any swimwear and is a super convenient layer to toss into your beach bag if you’re debating needing a cover up or not! For Autumn and Winter, throwing a chunky knit vest over the top of the shirt always looks stylish and preppy- paired with leather trousers or a skirt and tights, you’ll be cosy and cute all season long! The white shirt dress has also become a popular piece and looks especially stylish cinched in with a belt and paired with boots during the cold and wedges in the Summer.

It’s More Than A Shirt

The ultimate staple oversized shirt is the white shirt, thanks to its go-with-anything colour and all-season-friendly nature. A white shirt outfit looks so simply chic with denim or black bottoms and is a timeless piece your wardrobe will thank you for. Don’t think you can’t explore other colours of oversized shirts. Baby blue and stripes are a sure-fire way of achieving effortless cool and will most likely go with a lot in your wardrobe, as well as being ideal colours to have at this time of year. For your classic shirt, we love cotton due to it being lightweight and versatile when pairing with other textures. In recent years, overshirts have become really popular with denim, cord and flannel materials often plumped for especially in cooler seasons as they’re a bit thicker. An oversized denim shirt works well in the Summer too however, particularly when paired with a white t-shirt and some linen trousers to stay cool but still sophisticated. For Autumn, an oversized checkered shirt is often popular thanks to the different colourways available and it’s usually in a warmer flannel material which works for the weather transition between Summer and Autumn.

Find Your Fit

The best oversized fit you can go for depends on the effect you’re wanting. At Matalan, we stock shirts specifically designed to fit oversized for women and will be a comfortable fit on the shoulders as well as a suitable length. However, a traditional oversized fit is typically a man’s shirt thanks to it’s boxier fit and excess of room. It will create a deconstructed, masculine and almost androgynous look which is incredibly timeless but particularly on trend right now. Our women’s oversized t-shirts and shirts are designed with the female figure in mind which is worth considering if you’d still prefer a more defined silhouette to your shirt.

It's a wardrobe staple you can’t do without, and it is a chic way of refreshing your daily uniform this season. This guide has given you just a taste of the possibilities an oversized shirt lends itself to and now you no longer have to wonder how to style oversized shirts thanks to this handy guide!

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