7 Chic Ways To Style Your Boyfriend's Shirt

We're not condoning stealing here — but the benefits of an oversized button-up shirt are so great and varied, we might be willing to overlook the fact that you still haven't returned that shirt you borrowed from your brother/boyfriend/buddy nearly six months ago.
No matter how you came by the cozy staple, we highly encourage bringing this little dash of dude into your outfit rotation for summer. The preppy button-up makes dressy items more casual, makes casual items more dressy, and provides a light, polished layer to your usual summertime getups. Click through to see what we mean — and is it just us or do your fingers feel a little stickier, too?
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As An Avant-Garde Work Layer — If you've got an unconventional suit with super-special tailoring, consider adding a boyfriend shirt underneath for a slouchy, high-fashion vibe. And don't even think about tucking it in!

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All Tied Up — Unbuttoned and knotted at the waist, a slouchy shirt can become a light layering piece that'll let you show off your bright tanks and summer-ready abs.

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The Half-Tuck — For shorts that deserve to be in the spotlight, give them some love by tucking in half of your button-up. It's an insoucient styling trick that makes your outfit look more effortless, and your shorts look more spectacular!

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As A Light Jacket — For chillier summer nights, just throw on an unbuttoned shirt in lieu of a heavier jacket. This is a great idea for aggressively air-conditioned offices as well.

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The New Grunge — Knotting little sweaters at your waist helps you wear your short-shorts without fear of your cheeks making a surprise appearance. An oversized button-up plays up the grunge vibe (but looks way more put-together than a ratty T-shirt).

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Under A Structured Piece — Under a sweatshirt or a summer sweater, your boyfriend shirt provides the perfect foundation for a fun, weekend look. Feeling a little toasty? Just tie the sweater 'round your waist and reference the previous trick!

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To Make Your Fancy Accessories Daytime-Appropriate — If you've ever wondered how to wear those bedazzled sandals, that bandage skirt, or that beautiful, patent cross-body, during the day... this is your moment. An oversized boyfriend shirt makes all of those pieces seem casual without cheapening them a bit.

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