The Oxford shirt is a fashion staple.
I don’t think there is a wardrobe out there that doesn’t contain some type of shirt, they are a classic and form the foundation of a basic wardrobe.
However, despite their longevity and their forever staple reputation as an item that every wo/man needs, it’s far and few seasons that really showcase the white shirt like this Spring/Summer 2012 has!
“Shirts with a contrast collar haven’t had a fashion moment until now,” said Sharon Haver, a New York City stylist and founder of focusonstyle.com. “They’ve typically always been very classic and preppy.”
The fashion re-hash is defined purely by embellishments on Oxford collars.
Studs, gems, sequins, buttons, leather and cotton embellishments – shirt collars are weighed down with decorative designs that frame the face in the same manner a statement necklace does.
“It’s a very Old World look that’s become more edgy over the last couple years, now the collared shirt is the antithesis of the conservative masculine look it started out as.” – Sharon Haver, a New York City stylist and founder of focusonstyle.com
With this trend being covered by designers that range from Karl Lagerfeld to Jason Wu to H&M and Forever21, this bejeweled fad is one that can be seen being worn by stars like Haliee Steinfeld, Chloe Moretz and Natalie Portman, who have stepped out on the red carpet in embellished collared dresses, embracing the trend in a truly glamorous way. Yet due to the decorated oxford collar being so highly accessible, all levels of fashionistas can be seen taking on this trend.
Being a transitional trend that quite easily morphs into professional ensembles as well as playful – this look has only one rule – keep your additional jewellery minimal!
With collars being as statement as they are, they need nothing else to stand in their way of being noticeably radiant!
The shirt has been waiting a long time to be the subject of such limelight – now let it have it my keeping your earrings minimal, no necklace is required and hair needs to be complimentary instead of competing.
Let your collar be your focal point and keep everything else minimal.