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15 Innovative Ways to Wear a Premium Shirt

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The humble shirt is the quintessential wardrobe staple that some of the greatest outfits hinge upon. We’ve reported on the slogan T-shirt trend, and now it’s time to pay homage to the shirt. This clever key piece was seen on street style stars such as Pernille Tesibaek, Giovanna Engelbert, and Veronika Heilbrunner throughout fashion month. While the classic Oxford shirt, or reworked asymmetric, and great white styles are regulars in designers’ collections—from Ellery to 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Helmut Lang—they need little introduction. But the natty, new ways to wear them do. So don’t just button up your shirt: tuck it, twist it, let it slide, knot it, and make it your own. Plus, if you’re feeling inspired, then shop our #11 edit of premium shirts.

Vogue Arabia decodes the futureproof ways to wear the shirt now, as inspired by the street style circuit.

Romantic Reverie

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

The latest signature spin on classic shirts for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 by the leading fashion houses looks to cotton-poplin sculptural twists, origami-like folds, or delicate ruffles cascading amongst dainty buttons. Wear with a tailored waistcoat, or a neat jacket. Go To Brands: Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Junya Watanabe

Go Large

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Sofia Sanchez at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Reach for boyfriend fits and oversized styles to relax romantic midi skirts and add edge to kooky fur accessories. Go To Brands: MM6 Maison Margiela and Helmut Lang

Directional Layers

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Tracey Cheng at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Take one directional shirt with voluminous arms and tame it with a layered, cropped bustier. Go To Brands: Rosie Assoulin, MSGM, and Tome

Roll Up & Belt Up

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Giovanna Engelbert at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Opt for ladylike glamour and wear a crisp white embroidered shirt with sleeves rolled up, to showcase your choice jewelry. Complete the look with a wide leather belt. Go To Brands: MiH Jeans and Stella McCartney

Cold Shoulder

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Trial this fashion formulae: leave the top three buttons undone on your shirt, add a structured crop top, and check trousers for an unexpected outfit. Go To Brands: Madewell, Theory, and Gucci

Plastic Fantastic

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

A few mere weeks ago, Gisele exited her NYC apartment in a pair of PVC trousers by Italian-Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello, closely followed by Alexa Chung in the very same style. The high-shine look has taken to the streets, deftly contrasted with classic white shirts, or chunky knitwear. Go To Brands: Anthony Vaccarello (for PVC trousers), Victoria Beckham, and Joseph

Take Two Tone

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Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Exaggerated cut (asymmetric hems, shirts with free-flowing silhouettes) cotton poplin shirts have been taken to the next level in the recent designer collections with contrasting panels. Wear yours with wide-legged trousers and stilettos. Go To Brands: Tome and T by Alexander Wang

Madam Monochrome

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Elevate a pair of classic Levi’s 501s with a super long-sleeved white shirt and add a black leather corset to whip your wardrobe into shape. Go To Brands: Ann Demeulemeester and Valentino

Open Sesame

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Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Lift your althleisure zip-up track tops with a striped Oxford shirt worn open, with a half-tuck to keep it in place. Go To Brands: Dolce & Gabbana and J.Crew

The Two Trick Tuck

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Ada Kokosar and Candela Novembre at Milan Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

The futureproof way to take a basic shirt and make it look anything but simple is to roll up the sleeves (unevenly), bare one shoulder, and tuck it into a fitted leather pencil skirt à la Ada Kokosar. Go To Brands: Equipment and Ganni

Natty Layering

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele

Add a modest edge to cut out layers that would otherwise expose too much skin by wearing your trusty shirt underneath; it’ll unlock lots of key pieces. Go To Brands:  Dion Lee and Vetements

Let It Be

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Veronika Heilbrunner at Paris Fashion Week  Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

Tilt your shirt to one side, and let it hang with the top four buttons undone for the perfect laissez-faire finish to channel Veronika Heilbrunner’s front row style. Go To Brands: Altuzarra and F.R.S For Restless Sleepers

The Two-Button Messy Tuck

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

High-waisted skirts don’t need to get lost under layering; only do up two buttons, tuck one section of your shirt in, and let the rest hang languidly. Go To Brands: Strateas Carlucci and Y-3

Go Long

Make like the elite street style stars by investing in a longline shirt, or take the plunge and wear a shirt dress with leather boots. Additional fur for winter is optional. Go To Brands:  Adeam, Jacquemus, and Adam Lippes

Knot-urnal

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Paris Fashion Week Spring 2017. Photographed by Valentina Frugiuele.

The ultimate day-to-night way to wear a paper shirt is to channel Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, and knot it over a dress—but with the additional detail of folding down one side of the arm. The deconstructed look is a trend that will certainly bleed into Spring 2017, so activate it in your wardrobe now. Go To Brands: Rosie Assoulin and Monse

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