Oversized shirts are particularly on trend right now. However, they can be tricky to pull off, adding unwanted width or bulk depending on how you wear them. Take a look below at how to style an oversized shirt for the most flattering look…
oversized shirts you can choose
Before looking at how to style one, let’s take a look at some of the most stylish oversized shirts you can choose.
oversized silk shirt
A silk shirt is always a wardrobe classic that won’t go out of style. You could wear this with skinny jeans or leggings, or tucked into wider pants, making it a great option when thinking about how to style an oversized shirt.
Opt to make your oversized shirt the statement piece of your outfit by choosing a print like the shirt (below) from COS.
Reviewers of the Minibee shirt from Amazon (below) say it is the ideal tunic length to wear with leggings, and is cut in such a way that it is not boxy.
Menswear inspired from Club Monaco
Oversized shirts are inspired by menswear, so you could take this idea further by choosing a design which nods to a man’s work shirt.
Just as white is always on trend, so too is a black oversized shirt. The & Other Stories shirt (below) has a flattering deep v-neck as well as interesting tie sleeves.
Of course, you don’t have to opt for a traditional button down. You could choose an oversized t-shirt.
Oversized poplin shirt
Another striped option for you, the poplin shirt (below) from Favorite Daughter could be worn for work or with jeans for a casual look.
How to wear your oversized shirt
Now that you’ve chosen your favorite oversized shirt, what should you wear it with?
With leggings or skinny jeans
Wearing your oversized shirt with leggings or skinny jeans is always a good idea as it adds balance to your outfit. The shirt is loose but the bottoms are tighter, ensuring your outfit doesn’t look wide all over.
with a shorter jacket
This is a good way to hide a belly as the different lengths of the top and the jacket confuse the eye. This is also a good technique for making your legs look longer. Even though the shirt finishes further down your thighs, the jacket stops at your waist. That visually shortens your torso and lengthens your legs.
With a belt
If you want to define your waist, or you just want to wear your oversized shirt in different ways, a belt is always a good accessory.
& Other Stories relaxed cuff tie blouse – Good American skinny jeans – MIA espadrille wedge sandal – Tory Burch leather crossbody bag – Treasure & Bond braided leather belt – Jane Basch Designs hoop earrings
Tucked in (or half tucked)
By tucking in part of your shirt, it allows your waistline to be seen, while adding a nonchalant look. Adaline @sdmomstyles above shows how you could style the half tuck.
Note that wearing shoes in a similar color to her skintone has a leg-lengthening effect.
inspired by MENSWEAR
If you’ve opted for a menswear inspired shirt, you could keep this theme through the rest of your outfit with a pair of smart pants and loafers.
Layered with a top over
Think differently when it comes to your layering. Try wearing your vest top over your shirt. This works best when your vest has thick straps and stops at, or above, your waistline.
As a dress
You could go with the ultimate oversized shirt look and wear a shirt dress. Angela @angelamashelle above looks fabulous in her long shirt. If you prefer a longer length, you could choose a knee-length, midi or maxi option.
with leather pants
For a rock chick vibe, you could always choose a pair of edgy leather pants with your long shirt. Your bottom will be covered and just your legs on show.
Breaking the “rules” with wide pants
While it’s harder to wear wide with wide, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. You can wear your wide shirt with a pair of wide pants and still create a stylish effect.
How to style an oversized shirt: As a swimsuit cover-up
A long shirt is a great item to pack for your vacation as you can wear with your pants or shorts as well as over your swimsuit as a beach cover-up.
Your oversized shirt outfits together in one capsule
Below, you can see all of the outfits from above together in one oversized shirt capsule. You could definitely mix and match to get several different looks.
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