Shirting makes a big statement this season, and there is little manly about it.
Crisp poplin goes ultra feminine when stitched into waist-hugging dresses, flirty full skirts and shoulder-baring tops.
CH Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera has championed shirts her entire career, so naturally CH Carolina Herrera has whipped up some beauties. Check out the white shirt dress tied with a big navy bow and the blue-and-white striped halter dress with a dirndl skirt.
“I love white shirts because they feel like a security blanket,” Carolina Herrera once told Vogue. “You can wear them with anything. It's the person and the way that they wear it that makes it different. I have been designing white shirts forever, but I don't get tired of it.”
This year the classic button down gets updated with asymmetrical silhouettes, distinctive sleeves and ruffles – sometimes all at once. Bows accentuate the waist. Embroidery adds pizzazz to western shirts.
The trend crosses all price points: Neiman Marcus has an entire area dedicated to “Shirting Redefined,” and ZARA carries dozens of looks made of shirting fabrics, including chic high-low-hem skirts cinched with dramatic bows.
Ruffled tops and shirting styles abound at Club Monaco, Nordstrom and Dillard’s.
So what exactly is shirting? It’s a tightly woven cotton fabric that is usually opaque and always a good weight for shirts. Besides classic poplin, common shirting fabrics are gingham, chambray, pinpoint oxford, twill, broadcloth, voile, seersucker and flannel.
Gingham, stripes and plaids are typically achieved by weaving colored threads – not printing. However, florals and other graphics are frequently printed onto shirting. Some feature spandex woven in for a bit of stretch.
Gingham is having a moment, shedding its country associations in bold oversized checks colored green, fuchsia and other vivid hues.
Whether plaid, striped, printed or solid, the season’s best shirting silhouettes are fresh and romantic.