Sep 25, 2013 03:05
by Natasha Saroca
Are you fickle in your fashion affections? Don’t worry; we’ve been known to spread our sartorial love around, too. But while we’re all for having a brief flirtation with new-season fads, it’s important to have a committed relationship with a few trusty pieces that you won’t fall out of love with after just a few short months.
A chic collared Oxford-style shirt is the perfect example of a wardrobe essential that you’ll have a life-long love affair with, rather than an all-too-brief fling. Why? Because it’s just so damn versatile.
Whether your signature style is ladylike luxe or hipster cool, your body shape is curvy or lean, or you’re throwing together an outfit for the office or a picnic, this need-it-now number ticks all the right boxes. Every. Single. Time.
While button-downs in classic black or white are available pretty much all year round, expect to see lots of collared shirts in statement prints (like florals, stripes and checks, monochrome motifs and geometric patterns) and embellishments (such as bejewelled collars, cut-outs and bows) this season.
So, what’s the secret to finding a shirt that will get the tick of approval this spring, but hold its own against newer trends in the months/seasons/years to follow? The key is to look for one that’s on-trend but has timeless appeal. For example, investing in a floral or striped design – popular patterns that tend to stick around from season to season – is a much smarter option than hedging all your bets on a neon number, with strategically placed cut-outs and crystal-embellished collars. Shirts in classic black, white or neutral colourways, as well as casual chambray finds, are clever buys, too.
One of our fave picks in the spring shirt department this season is this stunner – COOP by Trelise Cooper’s Lady Norwood Rose ‘Elizabeth’ Shirt. We heart it so much that we decided to put together five ensembles that you can wear whether you’re at work or play.
How will you style a spring shirt this season?
Shop the looks:
The spring shirt
COOP by Trelise Cooper’s Lady Norwood Rose ‘Elizabeth’ Shirt, $259.
Willow Wide Leg Pleat Pant, $350; Siren Shoes Jessica White Patent Stiletto Pump, $149.95; Oroton 1938 Neon Medium Barrel Bag in Neon Coral, $495; Mimco Sportivo Timepeace in Gold, $249; Elke Rapture Storm Ring with Aventurine and Blue-Laced Agate Disks and Brass, $90.
Secret South Daylight Short in Chartreuse, $190; Bonbons Obbie White Multi Leather Sandals, $89.95; Sportsgirl Rex Backpack, $39.95; The Horse Wrist Watch in White, $129; MINKPINK Madness Sunglasses in Peach from Market HQ, $39.
Dinner party perfect
Zimmermann Silk Gathered Skirt in Garnet, $220; Sambag Helena Grey Perforated Suede Ballet Flats, $175; Mimco Take A Bow Alice Band, $39.95; Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud in Ruby from Piperlime, USD$38; Holly Ryan Heart Ring, $88.
sass & bide Love Thy Brother Boyfriend Jean, $320; Zimmermann Grey and White Striped Jersey Tank, $75; Windsor Smith Hudson Heels in Tan/Brown, $129.95; Sashenka Colour Block Bag in Cobalt, $89.95; Dinosaur Designs Wishbone Bangle and Medium Bones Bangle Set in Honey and Dark Horn, $140.
We Are Handsome The Impressor Leggings, $219; Siren Shoes Ingrid Black Leather Heels, $139.95; Rachael Ruddick Le Chou Clutch in Quartz Stingray, $350; 8 Other Reasons My Muse Necklace in Rose Gold, $84.95; PL by Peter Lang Naina Rose Gold Ring, $35.