Trendspotting | The Oxford Shirt

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Paris, photographed by Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil.

This spring, the quintessential dress shirt is making a comeback. While the Oxford shirt has always been a classic, the reworked dress shirt — in whites and blues, with unconventional tailoring and accents — will be cropping up everywhere in the coming few months. At least in my book, this comes pretty close to perfection — white shirt worn casually, a chic skirt, and pointy pumps:

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Copenhagen Street Style by Diego Zuko for Harper’s Bazaar.

Although I don’t really “do” trends, this one I’m kind of excited about — mainly because I already wear Oxford shirts on a pretty regular basis. (You know, because I’m classy like that.) There are also so many ways to wear a dress shirt beyond the conventional norms — wear a stark white shirt alone, play with a contrast collar, or go for some jeweled accenting (all of which can be found at jcrew.com, it should be mentioned). I also like this trend (if you can even call it that) because its not going out of style anytime soon — so you know anything you purchase will be a worthwhile investment.

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Top row: photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Japan. Second row, left to right: Dior s/s 14 (via Harper’s Bazaar), Tod’s s/s 14 (via Harper’s Bazaar), Alexander Wang s/s 14 (via style.com). Third row: Altuzarra s/s 14 (via style.com), Balenciaga s/s 14 (via Harper’s Bazaar), Giovanna Battaglia by Diego Zuko for Harper’s Bazaar. Fourth row: New York by Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil. Fifth row: Leandra Medine by Diego Zuko for Harper’s Bazaar, Kel Markey by Diego Zuko for Harper’s Bazaar.  

The return of the Oxford, contrary to its functionality as a dress shirt, marks a decided shift towards a more relaxed approach to style. While the shirt can be styled up or down, it is chic even in its most basic and unfussy incarnations (especially as it is worn in most of the above images). The dress shirt — whether starched and pressed, or crumpled and thrown casually over a skirt (or nothing at all) is part of a larger transition to a looser structural style that many designers appeared to favor for the spring season: slouchy blazers, a more casual approach to menswear for women, and large, floaty pants were also all on trend. The Oxford, however, is truly a wardrobe classic, and super accessible — which is why I’m such a big fan of its spring comeback.

Thoughts on this trend for spring?

couture 2010: christian dior

Saving the best for last … say hello to my favorite Fall 2010 couture collection. Actually, I’m fairly certain it’s almost everyone‘s favorite. And how could it not be? Although the floral-inspired ball gowns seemed as though they would fit in better on a Spring couture runway, the show was inspired, original, and classic over-the-top Galliano. It at once embodied everything couture should be: outrageously fabulous and extravagant, with exaggerated feminine silhouettes. The bright colors, miles of ruffled organza and taffeta, were a fun and refreshing break from the muted hues and minimal silhouettes on practically every other runway.

Missed the other posts? See all the couture collections here.

{ Source: Images via Coutorture.com. See the full collection here. }

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couture 2010: elie saab

Like most of his fellow designers, Elie Saab kept superfluity in smaller-than-usual-for-couture doses this season, but without sacrificing any of the luxe. Gorgeous dresses with rich details sprung up in abundance on the Elie Saab runway in muted fall tones as well as bold crimson. And, to my immense delight, there was no shortage of sequins or sumptuous fabrics.

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My favorite look from the collection has to be the first image I’ve posted here. The strong shoulders juxtaposed with the otherwise feminine silhouette and red sequins is a simply divine combination. I also love the muted green dress towards the bottom (fourth row, on the right) – the color is perfect for Fall and, admittedly, a little revolting, but here it looks so elegant. The cut of the dress is just perfect (again, with the shoulder detailing!) and sexy without being overly revealing. Opting to show glimpses of the leg and shoulder (and back for that matter) is always a bit classier and more sophisticated than the usual décolletage.

{ Source: Images via Coutorture.com. Click here for the full collection. }