Work every season’s wardrobe with an oversized white shirt. With a wide and square fit that falls loosely over the bottoms, this super-smart casual style is perfect for any figure.
The breezy shape of this shirt makes it both roomy and comfortable, while its crisp collar and cuffs make any outfit look polished and put together.
If you’re looking for an outfit for those days where you get up in a hurry, then oversized shirts come in. They are very easy to style, and when you pick a white color, you’ll look more classy.
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What Size Should You Get For An Oversized Shirt?
Buying oversized shirts can be tricky.
Ignoring the fit will only result in super baggy folds and creases that look tacky. So, no matter what the body shape is, one must buy a shirt that almost fits their body closely.
Here’s how: usually, if it’s in the women’s section, you can always a shirt that is MEANT to be oversized. In this case, you will still want to order the correct size. For instance, if your normal shirt size is an XS, then buy an oversized shirt of size XS.
On the other hand, if your shirt is not meant to be oversized, then go for a size or two bigger than your normal size. While it should be big, ensure it is not weirdly baggy and that the length of the sleeves doesn’t go beyond the knuckles.
Also, check that the shoulders of the shirt end at the point where your shoulders meet your upper arms or reach your upper arm.
The sleeves shouldn’t be too tight or too billowy – they can be firm enough if the shoulders of the shirt end at the joint of your upper arm or slightly roomy for shoulders that end at the upper arm. This ensures your shirt doesn’t look like you borrowed from your dad’s wardrobe.
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You can also look in the men’s section if you can’t find any good oversized shirt in the women’s department, but it’s also worth remembering that sizes differ—men’s shirts may be bigger in the shoulders and collars for example, and won’t take into account the female form. So, try it on first before your pruchase.
Now, let the oversized white shirt do the talking and take your look straight from daytime cool to evening glam. Try these outfit ideas!
Stylish Ways To Wear An Oversized White Shirt
Oversized shirts are one of the core capsule wardrobe staples, particularly, oversized white shirts.
These classic shirts can easily be mixed and matched in your wardrobe—tucked into your best jeans and worn open layered over your best dresses.
If you’re looking for ways to wear an oversized white shirt, we break down fashionable outfit ideas to try:
1. Pair With Fitting Bottoms
The key to looking more classy in an oversized white shirt is to wear your shirt without looking like you’re overwhelmed by fabric. And this is achieved by maintaining a style balance.
How? By wearing only one oversized piece in the outfit.
Since oversized shirts are large, boxy, and loose, they tend to look larger when worn, you need to balance your ‘now-boxy‘ top-half with fitting bottoms so only the shirt is larger but the whole outfit is well-balanced.
Skinny pants like leather pants and denim jeans are great, but if you decide to wear mom jeans, go for a pair that fits well around the hip area and doesn’t flare widely at the hem.
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2. Pair with a Shorter Bottom
You know the saying “less is more”? Never has that been so evident. An oversized white shirt worn loose over a simple mini skirt is beyond chic.
This is another great “rule” of balancing the body so you can have a proportional well-balanced body shape. This style also allows you to show off your legs while covering your top half, hence, accentuating your legs.
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3. Wear a Shirt Dress
If the idea of shopping around for an oversized white shirt seems overwhelming, then save yourself the trouble and simply purchase a shirt dress.
A shirt dress is one button-down shirt piece that you can slay as a dress just anytime.
The fitting of your shirt dress should compliment the shape of your body.
For instance, if you have a broader structure, then a fitted one will give it a prominent shape while wearing a fitted one on the super-thin body will make you look even thinner.
When dressing up, show off your waist by adding a belt that accentuates your waist and compliments your curves in the best possible way.
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4. Let It Flow
Resist the temptation to tuck your oversized white shirt into your jeans. Instead, leave it loose and leave the bottom buttons unfastened to create a billowing silhouette.
Spice up your outfit by slightly unbuttoning at the top or letting one side fall to create a cold shoulder vibe. This is a great way to add interest to your look if you’re not showing any other part of your body, like the legs.
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6. Belt it Up
Want a more pulled-together look? Belted oversized shirts are a style savior. With the help of a very simple, often black, sometimes brown, or chain waist belts, you can give unexpected structure to an oversized white shirt.
7. Fully Tuck It In
Tucking is a style trick you can never go wrong with. When tucking your oversized white shirt though, fully tuck in a shirt that isn’t too wide__a longer shirt is preferable.
Also, ensure your bottoms aren’t too skinny and smoothen it ensuring it doesn’t look tacky inside.
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8. Do a Front Tuck
Another favorite way to wear an oversized white shirt for daytime is to wear it and then tuck the front into jeans which instantly gives it a bit of shape, but yet it hangs down and feels slightly ‘undone’
Elevate this look by wearing a chic statement belt, grab a chic bag and finish with a pair of high heels.
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9. Or Try a One-Side Tuck
In keeping with the spirit of the front-tuck nonchalance, you can also do a side tuck. Simply tuck one side of your shirt into your bottoms, leaving the back and the other side untuck, for a slightly polished but undone look.
10. Layer Over a Tee
A nice way to wear an oversized white shirt is to wear it as a light layer over a top or tee and jeans, to act as a shacket for when the sun dips.
11. Wear a Bralette Atop
Bralettes and bra tops are having a moment right now. I’ve noticed tonnes of influencers styling their bralettes atop an oversized white shirt.
This is a simple yet effective way to look a little slimmer and more put together compared to leaving your shirt undone.
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12. Play With Layers
Layering with sweaters, cardigans, jackets, and coats not only adds greater dimension to the look but also contains your oversized white shirt so it doesn’t look too loose and drab.
The classic, and perhaps easiest, way to embark on the trend this season is by layering a cropped or oversized sweater vest over your oversized white shirt. If you want to add a bit of an edge, opt for stylish boots and a classic bag.
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Alone, a dress shirt or sweater certainly can work independently. However, when you pair them together, you form a style powerhouse that takes the best qualities from both.
Something like an oversized hoodie over a white oversized shirt with a pair of over-the-knee boots is the ultimate laid-back cool-girl look.
Fall might be knocking at the door, but now that you know how to wear an oversized shirt properly, you should have no fears because you can wear it in the cold months too.
All that’s left to do is pick your favorite denim jacket and dress shirt, and rock your new warmed-up style.
Creating an oversized blazer with a dress shirt combo will not only look good but also keep you warm in those chilly fall and winter months.
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If you’re fond of a long coat, this one should be an easy one to try. Wear your shirt, belt it up and pick either a mid-length coat or a wide-fit boxy coat and throw it over your shoulders. It’s as easy as it sounds.
Oversized white shirts ofter are related to casual style. But adding little details like classy heels, over-the-knee boots or wedges can make the outfit look more elegant.
Love shirts? Try these ideas and look stylish in your oversized white shirts!