Say Hello to the New ‘Super Shirt’

a new breed of shirt staples with a twist

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Words by Síomha Connolly
August 12th, 2016

A classic shirt tends to be one of the most staple pieces in every woman’s wardrobe. There’s nothing easier than a classic shirt, but sometimes you can feel that there’s nothing more boring or safe than a classic shirt either. And while shirts won’t necessarily date, occasionally they could do with an interesting, elevating update. Taking conventional tailoring to the next level this season we see our tried and tested classic shirt styles take on some modern twists.

We’re here to introduce your new shirt staples as the classics have been recreated with some trend-led extra details. With our pick of this season’s most interesting new shirts including styles with ruffle detailing, embroidery and metallics we think it’s safe to say your shirt wardrobe will be boring no more! These trends can be adapted to suit your personal style and our selection of products below offer up ample opportunity for you to introduce some new, interesting shirts to your wardrobe.

So here we have five modern takes on the classic shirt making your workday or weekend outfits that little bit more special. Read on to discover some of this season’s most interesting offerings in the shirt department.

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Embroidered clothing is huge this year as designers are using this intricate technique to spruce up any and every item this season. Take your cue from Stella McCartney’s aw16 collection and go for an embroidered shirt like the lion detail silk shirt below. This is not a subtle trend so embrace it and don’t be afraid to go for a slightly OTT style.

Pyjama style shirt

This is a trend that has been coming for a while now and pyjama dressing is only getting stronger this autumn/winter. An easy way to tackle the trend while updating your shirt wardrobe is to add a pyjama shirt into your rotation. This style can be dressed up for work with a pair of tailored trousers and mid-heels, or dressed down for weekend wear with a pair of high-waisted jeans and slip on loafers.


Metallic pieces are huge this season but instead of trying to tackle a head to toe metallic look introduce this trend gradually by starting off with a metallic shirt. Double points for a metallic brocade shirt like the Prada style below.

Neck detail

Taking inspiration from Victorian style fashion, a ruffle neck blouse is this year’s must-have shirt update. If ruffles aren’t your thing and you’d prefer a more contemporary approach to the neck detail trend go for a tie-neck shirt, the seventies inspired twist on this look. Chloe designed a tie-neck denim blouse for aw16 and it is the perfect way to master this style.

Graphic Stripe

This trend brings a hint of athleisure to tailoring making structured shirts more wearable for casual dressers, and athleisure approachable for those who prefer a more put-together look. Graphic stripes and colour block detailing are an easy way to brighten up your shirt collection, take your style cues from Marni and Stella McCartney for this trend.

Shop our pick of this season’s most interesting shirts…