J.Lo Wore the One Basic That Fashion People Couldn't Survive Summer Without


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When it comes to basics, there are a handful of items that no wardrobe can be called complete without. A white cotton tee, black trousers, and blue jeans that fit just right are a few standouts. But of all the essentials out there, none are as important right now as an oversize button-down shirt. Superior for their low-key yet elevated aesthetic, oversize button-downs are, without a doubt, the basic of the year. And with summer coming up, we'll soon be seeing them everywhere.

One of the many fashion people seen recently in the casual-cool basic is Jennifer Lopez, who spent Mother's Day draped in a slightly unbuttoned button-down shirt that was tucked into a white cotton maxi skirt and secured with an Hermès belt. With the summery ensemble, she added a fringe cardigan, her go-to Max Mara sunglasses, and an Hermès Birkin bag. While we're all for her mode of styling a simple oxford top, there are also plenty of other methods for wearing the anti-trend piece. 

Below, see Lopez's look and more ways of styling an oversize button-down shirt. 


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On Jennifer Lopez: Max Mara 64mm Gradient Oversize Geometric Sunglasses ($249); Hermès bag and Constance Reversible Belt Leather Thin 65 ($555) 

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This outfit proves that your look doesn't always need to make a big statement. 

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With summer's impending arrival comes the opportunity to wear my favorite warm-weather outfit: a breezy matching set.

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Fact: Button-downs are the perfect layering pieces. 

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*Immediately adds look to vacation mood board.*

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The only thing better than an oversize white poplin shirt is an oversize white linen one. 

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Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.