Cheap & Chic, FashionThe Great Boyfriend Shirt

I’ve been on a recent quest for the perfect “boyfriend” shirt: a slouchy, oversized, airy men’s type shirt that I can sling on over sundresses or wear belted low over shorts.  I came across my perfect iteration recently at the most unlike of places, Forever 21, a store that I normally avoid for the crowds and general clothing chaos. 

After a shopping trip to Whole Foods, I decided to enter Forever 21 on a whim, and my eye was caught by the display of white boyfriend shirts, all strategically placed in the front.  Almost all were long tunic styles, varying from pinstripes to slight embroidered lattice style patterns, and all were in a light linen-cotton blend, making them light enough to be gauzy and breezy for the hot summer humidity that’s been hitting NYC so far.  In spite of their thrifty price tags (none of these shirts were more than $30), many of these shirts featured incredible detailing, such as gathering, pintucking and button tabs, all designed to subtly highlight your feminine curves underneath the shirt’s masculine feel. 

While in the store, I picked up this Pinstripe Woven Tunic, and it’s easily become one of my favorite pieces this summer.  With a 7 button placket on the front and the back, the shirt is easily convertible to go from shorter to longer, and has a great workman-like feel with its rolled up anchored shirt sleeves.  While the shirt does come across looking a little Puritan-like in this picture with its completely buttoned up collar, don’t be deceived and imagine wearing this as I do with 2-3 buttons loosely undone worn with a broken in leather belt, and denim cutoff shorts.

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