I Bought One Oversize Shirt and Got 5 Easy Outfits Out of It

When I buy clothes, I do so with versatility in mind. I’ve always been tentative with money, so although my job as a fashion editor certainly makes shopping regularly a tempting prospect, I only invest in something when it truly warrants it. This season, I decided to treat myself to a linen shirt-and-shorts set, as, like so many others, I hadn’t updated my holiday wares in a few years. I opted for a two-piece from Deiji Studios, thinking I could maximise its wearability by splitting the top and shorts up to create new looks.

Although the shorts have come in handy, it’s the oversized, slouchy shirt that I’ve really gotten the best cost per wear out of. I wear a lot of fitted pieces, as I find they tend to suit my curvy frame better, but this oversize shirt has been a godsend—particularly on the balmy summer days we’ve been experiencing. Never did I think I’d get so much use out of one, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite ensembles I’ve been able to create with my oversize shirt.

Most of the pieces I’m wearing in the looks below are old and out of stock (as I said, I’m an infrequent spender), but I’ve found the chicest alternatives to suit. While my shirt is part of a set, I think Arket has created a pretty impressive one, which I’ve peppered below for you also. Continue on to see how to style an oversized shirt, as told by an editor who rates versatility above all else.

1. Wide-Leg Trousers + Bra Top


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Style Notes: I, like everyone else, have fallen hard for wide-leg trousers this season. Why favourite way to style them? With chunky sandals and a bra top layered under an open shirt. 

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2. Shorts + Striped Tee


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Style Notes: Making the most of my investment, I’ve made my co-ord look the city part with a Breton-stripe tee, the same leather sandals as above and a chic canvas tote. 

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3. Vest Top + Midi Skirt


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Style Notes: Most days, you’ll find me in skirts or dresses (more on the latter in the second), and my current go-to look involves a linen shirt and a vest top. 

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4. Straight-Leg Jeans + Kitten Heels


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Style Notes: Jeans and kitten heels are the things I reach for when I’m rushing out to a meeting or dinner with friends and I’ve inevitably left myself too little time to get ready. Throw an oversized shirt into the mix, and you’ve mastered the smart/casual dress code. 

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5. Slip Dress + Strappy Sandals


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Style Notes: I like to keep even my evening outfits low-key. Right now, I’m obsessed with knotting my oversized shirt over slip and fitted dresses. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.