Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing

Designers love to tweak a classic, and this year they directed their transformative talents onto the white collared shirt.

DKNY, Spring 2014; Source: ImaxTree, Art by Tanya Leigh Washington

There are some closet staples that have the almost magical ability to make one look dressed. There are even rarer wardrobe must-haves that not only do that, but also seem to land in the closets of every major fashion star despite their vastly different style personas. The white collared shirt is one of those items.

Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Burberry Prorsum,Spring 2014 Runway Show
Source: ImaxTree

Now, before visions of starched, boxy white button-ups come to mind, review the Spring 2014 collections from DKNY, Carven, Carolina Herrera, Rebecca Minkoff, and Burberry Prorsum, among others, where designers gave white collared shirts new life through creative tailoring, embellishment and inventive styling.

Necklines were opened, hems and sleeves were shortened (or lengthened), layers were styled, and embroidery and sparkle were employed to give this staple a makeover worthy of 2014. 

The wonderful thing about this trend is that it's easy to pull off. Try purchasing a white collared shirt in a new silhouette or opting for short sleeves. Be creative with layering—throw one under a dress or leave it untucked and wear it over a mini skirt. For more inspiration, check out the ways celebrities have been wearing this trend.

Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Julia Roberts styled a classic button-down under her Dolce & Gabbana gown for the Golden Globes.
Source: Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America
Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Taylor Swift wore her short-sleeved collared shirt with a pastel mini skirt.
Source: FameFlynet Pictures
Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Emma Stone layered her collared shirt under a dress.
Source: FameFlynet Pictures
Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Eva Chen wore hers cropped and tied.
Source: ImaxTree

Think of the white, collared shirt as your foundation with endless ways to build upon it. Here are a few versions we love:

Fashion Trend Report: Shirt Dressing
Source: Asos, Front Row Shop, Topshop, Everlane

Asos Boyfriend Shirt, $48, at AsosFront Row Shop Slim Fit Shirt with Pop Print, $46, at Front Row Shop, Topshop Half Sleeve White Shirt, $90, at Topshop, Everlane The Short Sleeve Poplin Shirt, $48, at Everlane

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