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Luxe to Less 9 September 2021

Luxe To Less: Reinvigorating The Classic Shirt

With an endless amount of styling options, a business shirt will be your best friend on company time, and off.

Often synonymous with sophistication and minimalism, the business shirt is a staple for anyone on the 9-5 grind. But thanks to the latest wave of fashion trends, you’ll be donning your button down after office hours too. Worn throughout pop culture history from Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, to Angelina Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith, the business shirt is a timeless staple. Put a modern twist on a classic piece, thank to our latest Luxe to Less installment.


Words By Eleanor Wilson

Luxe

While our Luxe business shirt might look a little more flamboyant than your average office button down, a colourful dress shirt comes with an endless range of styling opportunities.

And when it comes to the oversized shirt trend, New York label The Frankie Shop is the uncontested king. While their jade green shirt is favoured by style icons like Kendall Jenner and Instagram influencer Emili Sindlev, we’ve decided to mix things up with a bold pink version.

A colourful shirt is a staple in any fashion savvy wardrobe right now, with its versatility meaning it can be styled to fit every occasion. From a casual tank, shorts and sneakers, to a sexy little black dress and strappy heels, the business shirt is at your service around the clock. For our Less look, We’ve opted for a refined pair of leather shorts and a white crop to complement the eclectic shirt, finishing off the modern look with a pair of padded Prada sandals.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Frankie Shop Melody Oversized Organic Cotton-poplin Shirt, $176.78, NET-A-PORTER
Sydney Evan Evil Eye 14kt Gold Beaded Necklace, $1,015, Mytheresa
ALAÏA Cropped Cotton-jacquard Wrap Top, $950, NET-A-PORTER
Prada Padded Strap Sandals, $975, FARFETCH
Envelope1976 + NET SUSTAIN Leather Shorts, $903.08, NET-A-PORTER

Less

Despite it’s latest renaissance on the trend scene, the dress shirt has been present in fashion for centuries. Encouraged by Coco Chanel’s liberating designs of the 1920’s, the dress shirt became a strong marker of the androgynous fashion movement, which freed women of the gender confines of suffocating corsets and frilly skirts.

Our Less outfit takes inspiration from the dress shirt and long skirt combo,which was once a signal of women’s liberation, and has remained a timeless element in the fashion world ever since. This blue A.P.C shirt acts as the base for this look, which can be tied, left unbuttoned or tucked to create the desired look. Pair with a printed or patterned skirt of your choice, and add sneakers for a casual day look, or heels if you need a night time appropriate outfit.

The best thing about our Less outfit is that the pieces can be swapped out for anything you have in your wardrobe. Don’t have a blue dress shirt? Go for a white one. Don’t have a maxi skirt? Wear a mini! Regardless of the pieces you choose, you’re guaranteed to leave the house feeling confident, and look effortlessly stylish.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Ganni Black Viscose Satin Midi Skirt, $250, SSENSE
A.P.C. Long-sleeve Fitted Shirt, $230, FARFETCH
Themoirè Bios Clutch Bag, $352, FARFETCH
Tony Bianco Foxie Black Kid 10.5cm Heels, $199.95, Tony Bianco
Valley Brigada, $220, The Iconic

Low

An unquestioned staple, the lightweight and breathable nature of a dress shirt makes it compatible with every season’s style and trends. Use it as a layering piece in winter, or when the weather warms up, wear it as a lightweight safety layer (just in case the wind picks up!)

For our Low outfit, we’re dreaming of a summer by the sea, with silky wide leg pants from Nasty Gal. Complement them with a simple black business shirt, and secure only the middle buttons to cinch the waist and give your decolletage some sun.

Trendy thong sandals and fine chain jewellery are a must for this look, but you can also choose to dress it up with heels and a red lip for a leisurely night look. Just remember to give your business shirt a wash before work come Monday!

Clockwise Left to Right:

Nasty Gal Satin Shimmer High Waisted Wide Leg Pants, was $99 now $49.50, Nasty Gal
Glassons Linen Oversized Button Through Shirt, $39.99, Glassons
Chuchka Chain Link Necklace, was $39 now $27, The Iconic
Cotton On Sadie Flip Flop Flatform, was $39.99 now $27.99, Cotton On
ASOS DESIGN Multi-bag with Card Holder, $50, ASOS