Monday, 25 January 2016

Oxfam Fashion SS16 Update: The New White Shirt

From left: DIY by A Pair and a Spare, street style on The Style HQ and a twist on the classic at Nasty Gal
Whilst the start of 2016 may have been a bit cold and depressing (it’s no fun being stone-cold sober in -9C…thanks, Dry January), it’s now time to start getting excited about the new season and re-discovering your favourite Spring pieces, such as the classic white shirt. This wardrobe staple is a great item to update for SS16 through some easy DIYs - the perfect topic for my first Oxfam Fashion post!

The classic white shirt has always been a key part of any wardrobe - dressed up with smart jeans and heels, worn casually oversized, or channelling a retro feel tied at the waist and teamed with shorts or a pencil skirt. For the coming Spring/Summer season, we're seeing the white shirt take centre stage, reinvented in new and innovative ways by brands, bloggers and street style stars. The great thing about this trend? You don't have to spend a fortune - 'shop your wardrobe' and DIY your own unique updates, or check out my favourites from Oxfam's online shop.

1. Party in the back
Cropped looks from Nasty Gal and street style from Pinterest
This is a trend that’s been all over street style Instagram feeds and is now starting to be picked up by DIY bloggers everywhere. Oversized shirts work well reversed and tied in a loop at the back, or for a more tailored look, cut a slit up the back of your shirt, fold the raw edges over and iron flat before hemming with a needle and thread.

2. Get creative with your collar
Examples from Miss Patina, Asos and Etsy
Shirt collars have become statement pieces in their own right over the last few years, but for SS16 they’ve had a personalised update. Show your artistic side through a cat design or scalloped edge (hem it with tiny stitches), or create your own mini masterpiece like the example on the right with a permanent marker and fabric paints. 

3. Play with proportions
Cropped looks from Nasty Gal and street style from Pinterest
Jersey crop tops were everywhere in SS15, and now the trend has spread to more tailored pieces, teamed with smart trousers or a circle skirt. This is one of the simplest DIYs to update a shirt you already own: measure how short you want it to be, lie it flat on the floor and mark with pins before cutting around in a straight line. Fold the raw edge over, iron flat and then hem with a needle and thread.

Get the look: check out Oxfam’s selection of classic white shirts or mix up your look with different colours and prints!

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