The classic button-down shirt has long since been a staple in the wardrobes of women everywhere, but its slightly wild cousin for Summer 2017 is now here with its deconstructed detail. This time around, the timeless shirt is making waves with its asymmetrical accents and strategic cut-outs. If you’re wondering how to transform the classic preppy blouse into an edgy and contemporary sartorial statement, try glancing at the season’s runways.
For those who consider the sleek white shirt to simply an office wardrobe essential, the Alexander Wang catwalk just might change your mind. This cropped ivory blouse looks sexy and party-ready with its black criss-cross straps. Meanwhile, low-slung skinny black trousers complete the ensemble, with a gleaming silver necklace and a pair of embellished flat sandals to seal the deal.
If you want to experiment with the trend of deconstruction, turning your eyes to the Monse just might reveal an intriguing new take. With its contrasting dark blue, red and white stripes and off-the-shoulder cut, this blouse is certainly not your grandmother’s button-down. The navy satiny trousers also stun with their loose fit, while a single long earring and ankle strap heels offer an unconventional accessorizing touch.
Elizabeth and James
With wrap silhouettes dominating the scene, this vertical blue and white striped look from Elizabeth and James certainly fits the season’s trends. The preppy colour scheme and figure-flattering fit emphasize the waistline, but are also a far cry from the starched uniform-like striped blouse of yesterday.
Photos: Vogue Runway