When Plain Shirts Go Above & Beyond

Photographed by Christian Vierig.
Taking a thing and then messing with it — deconstructing — is a move that's the starting point for lots of fashion novices as well as some of the most established, well-respected designers in the industry. For every shlocky DIY project involving a hot glue gun and a pair of jeans is an article of clothing that's as witty as it is flattering — it's a concept that's propelled the careers of Rei Kawakubo, Demna Gvasalia, Martin Margiela, and Helmut Lang. When it's bad, it's very, very bad. And when it's good, it's art. And, I posit, when it's very, very good, it's art that you can wear out to lunch on the weekend.
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The deconstructed, advanced button-up shirt is one of the biggest trends of the year that plays off this notion, and is one of my personal favorites because it easily walks the line between being avant garde and being totally wearable. This is a piece that your art-school friends will appreciate, but also won't freak out your family if you wear it to dinner.
One of the best parts about this trend is that there are infinite riffs on the shape, and it can be remade to show off your favorite body parts. From sexy minidresses to aggressively cool blouses, the deconstructed shirt has been redone in a thousand ways. Here are five of my favorites.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
It's so simple — taking the buttons out of a button-up shirt — but the effect is so cool. Add in dreamy hair and a perfect pair of pointed, nude mules, and I'll be wearing this outfit combo every day for the rest of my life, thanks.
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This strapless blouse was made in a classic banker's blue shirting material for a whimsical juxtaposition.
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Off the shoulder and with a spaghetti sauce sleeve...wear this shirt when you want to prove that, yes, you know about all the relevant trends thankyouverymuch.
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To ease into this look, a roomy shirt dress is cool. But, to maximize the deconstructed aspect of it, avoid wearing it with preppy staples like boat shoes and opt for high-fashion accessories instead.
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
Need. This. I've never wanted to look more like a circus tent before.
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