From working to weekend, shirts have always been wardrobe cornerstones.
But this spring, the humble collared and cuffed top is set to dominate like never before.
It’s had a serious shake-up for SS17. Forget the sober work shirt: with frills and ruffles for miles, exaggerated cuffs, and sleeves with puffs that would make pastry week on The Great British Bake Off look lacklustre, the new season blouse will simply not be buttoned down.
Gucci has been singing the praises of elaborately patterned blouses for a while now (with extra points for pussy bows), but this season other designers added their own notes to the tune, making for a veritable symphony of prints that are anything but prim.
If you’re after a pattern pop that won’t also implode your bank balance, head to Hawes & Curtis. Known for its vibrant shirt styles, it is expert at all things bright and bold and prices start from a very friendly £20-30.
Frill the gap
Nowhere was the case for a ruffled shirt quite so convincing as at Burberry SS17. If you’re usually allergic to frills and fuss, then pleats that play out across a white colour palette are a good compromise. But Mango is well stocked with fun and flowing options in full colour if you're feeling adventurous.
On the cuff
A ruffled sleeve has been a firm fashion favourite for a while now, however it is somewhat prone to soaking up your tea, trailing across your dinner plate and hanging limply from the cuff of your jacket. Not particularly chic. The elongated shirt sleeve is its more practical cousin. It’s slightly stiffer and therefore foldable - extremely helpful should you want to avoid tomato sauce stains.
Any self-respecting, stylish Londoner knows that the key to surviving spring and summer in the capital is layering. A shirt is always a safe bet, but why not give the tried and tested nice-top-and-jeans look a refresh by layering a shirt dress over trousers?
It’s easier to achieve than it seems and a great way to give skinny jeans styles more mileage if you’re struggling to embrace the new wider silhouette. Try Topshop or Monki for options.
Patch things up
Sequins, embroidery, patches… all add-ons are welcome - more is more should be your motto when it comes to beautified blouses. Trusty Zara will lend a helping hand when it comes to trying out this look.
With more than 250 stores, Westfield is the perfect place to refresh your wardrobe for the new season. From Topshop to Louis Vuitton, you'll find everything you need to embrace SS17’s new trends. For more information and to see a full list of stores visit westfield.com/uk