How to wear this season’s deconstructed shirt

Update your classic shirt with a re-worked twist

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Words by Emma Connell
March 20th, 2017

Each season designers are forced to look at what has gone before with the explicit intention of either reworking pieces to create something completely new or give something that is already loved a new lease of life with creative genius. A new eye with a simple redesign can reshape everything that has gone before. After observing the influx of SS17 sartorial servings, it was abundantly evident that this was the intention and the answer came in the form of buzzword of the season – deconstruction.  For those not familiar with this new buzzword,  it’s simply the pulling apart and re-working of more classical silhouettes, with the end goal of providing us with an updated and modernised garment. And this season’s most evident deconstruction was apparent in the  definite reboot of work wear pieces, in particular the classic button down shirt we are all too familiar with.

Leading the trend, Monse showcased time-honored shirts reformed with mix n’ match fabrics that displayed reams of décolletage. Excessive fabric use was prevalent at Marni, with oversized silhouettes and elongated sleeves inked in natural and pastel pops of colour, providing onlookers with a collection of wonders.

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Joseph SS17
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Marni SS17
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Monse SS17

Asymmetry was displayed beautifully at Jacquemus and Victoria Beckham with elegant crisp white shirts elevated delicately with drawstrings and folded necklines. At Vetements, a genderless zeal was made apparent through the use of billowing pinstripe shirts that were deconstructed simply by buttoning up the wrong way. Joseph played with the trend by chopping up and layering a miscellaneous amount of garments on top of one another that resembled a medieval cape.

Although this may seem like a trend to be approached with trepidation, it isn’t – when it comes to styling deconstructed shirts, let the shirt do the talking, this is a statement piece that will immediately elevate your style status. Use it as an opportunity to reinvent your classic go-to wardrobe and accentuate with minimal but oversized accessories that prove your mantle. Add tailored complementary silhouettes that enhance but don’t conflict. It’s really quite simple and thankfully the pieces tend to style themselves.

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There are no boundaries when it comes to wearing this re-arranged trend. I suppose you could say the more you make a shirt look less like one, the closer you are to mastering the trend. But, simple twists and minor alterations will trump the look just as well by offering gentle solutions to achieving reworked garments.

Keep scrolling to elevate your look this SS17 by perusing our edit of the best-deconstructed shirts to invest in now.

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