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Why a Breezy Shirt is the Number One Summer Purchase

July 14, 2021

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Why a Breezy Shirt is the Number One Summer Purchase

After a hot pink shirt stepped onto the runway at the Valentino spring/summer 2021 show, everyone has been talking about breezy shirts. What makes this garment so special is how it encapsulates the concept of effortless chic. It’s the only item you need in your close this summer. In fact, you’ll want to buy a back-up in case of emergencies. What we love about the breezy shirt is its oversized fit, especially when you style it partly unbuttoned. If you’re looking to refresh your closet for summer 2021, all you need is a breezy shirt.
We’re sharing some of our top choices for breezy shirts that you can add to your closet, along with easy styling choices that you can recreate. Breezy shirts let you style cool and stylish all summer long, without worrying about dreaded sweat patches under your arm.

You can thank Pierpaolo Piccioli for bringing back this classic staple in a new and inventive way with the neon colour palette. The bright colour gives you a contemporary feel, while getting the versatility of the classic silhouette of a breezy shirt. Everyone from Dua Lip to Kylie Jenner have shared snaps of themselves wearing the Valentino shirt. If Kylie’s wearing it, then you know it’s an instant hit.
Elevated shirts have been a staple for supermodels and celebrities alike, with Kendall Jenner and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley being two of the style’s biggest advocates. Rosie is famous for virtually living in The Row’s Sisilia silk-satin blouse throughout every season.
Our favourite celebrities love to style these breezy shirts with a sculpted pant and a tank-top underneath for extra modesty. The Bottega Veneta square-toe sandals seem to be the number one accessory for wearing with these shirts. Don’t be afraid to add bicycle shorts underneath for a Princess Diana-inspired look.
Button-down shirts have gone from a menswear essential to a staple that every woman is adding to her closet. Everyone from Irina Shayk to Hailey Bieber are being spotted rocking the style. It’s universally flattering and works for every body type.

The next time you log onto Instagram, you’ll be guaranteed to find your own feed full of friends and influencers wearing this must-have summer shirt. Everyone can wear a breezy shirt this summer. It’s one of the most versatile silhouette that works for any occasion. Anne Laure Mais showed off her maternity style with a breezy shirt and midi skirt in a 90s inspired look.

You never want to under-estimate the brilliance of having an elevated staple in your closet. We’re obsessed with how Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies, styled her preppy-inspired blue and white breezy shirt with a playful cap and dainty jewellery. It’s the perfect example of balancing masculine pieces with feminine flairs.

You don’t have to wear a summer shirt as a buttoned-up style. You can take a leaf from Jeanette Madsen’s styling book and wear your shirt open, with a white vest and ripped jeans underneath.

Summer Shirts


You might think of shirts as a staple in workwear, but we think they’re perfect for almost any occasion. Choosing shirts with a sunshine colour palette or energising print can change up your summer wardrobe. Shirts are a versatile garment that you can wear with anything from bicycle shorts to linen trousers or even leather pants when the temperatures drop. If you’re heading on vacation, an oversized breezy shirt should be at the top of your packing list.
Breezy shirts are a perfect choice if you’re heading out to a beer garden or planning on enjoying some al fresco dining with your friends.
The point of a breezy shirt is to give you the option to cover-up on top, without overheating. We all know the dangers of sun damage, and no one wants to end up with a sunburn on their shoulders. What we love about breezy shirts is that you can wear them as an everyday piece or throw them on over your swimsuit as you head out for drinks after a day at the pool.
When you’re choosing your breezy summer shirt, you want to take the time to consider the fabric of your shirt. It’s best to choose one that is lightweight and eas to wear. You want to choose one like linen or cotton that won’t absorb sweat and will keep you cool throughout the summer months.
Whether you want a vibrant colour like the OG Valentino style or a more classic option like nautical stripes, you’re guaranteed to find a summer shirt that works for your closet. You want to look for a style that works for your aesthetic and will sip seamlessly into your closet. What makes a shirt summer-appropriate is its colour and fabric.
No one wants to spend the summer with sweat-stain on their shirt. Choosing a breezy summer style means that you can wear a shirt all-year long without worrying about having a major fashion faux pas.

Our Top Picks for Breezy Shirts


Whatever your budget is – whether you want to splurge or save your pennies – there is a breezy shirt out there for you.
You can go with the original Valentino oversized neon silk shirt – which will set you back a pretty penny at almost £1800. If you have the money to spend and you want to replicate Kylie Jenner’s look, then this is the breezy shirt for you. Don’t worry, you don’t need to break the bank to jump on this summer trend.
If you want a similar dupe to the Valentino but with a feminine twist, check out the soal loose-fitting blouse by ba&sh. It has the same vibrant shade of pink and gives you just as much ‘wow’ factor. It’s loose fitting and comfortable enough to see you through the whole summer season.
You can get a mid-level option from Hommegirls with their cotton-twill shirt, it’s the perfect length to worth with everything from your favourite jeans to shorts or a midi skirt. Another option is the Frame oversized gathered cotton poplin shirt, with its crisp cotton poplin and barrel cuffs.

Styling summer shirts


One of the reasons why everyone is going crazy for summer breezy shirts is how versatile they are. You can wear them as a transitional piece through the summer months and right into winter. When the temperatures drop again, you can layer it under your favourite sweater or cardigan. If you have a capsule closet or want to invest in a seasonless piece, these breezy shirts are a must-have.
We’re sharing a few of our favourite ways to style breezy summer shirts to show you how easy they are to incorporate into your closet.

You can take a leaf from Leias Fez’s style guide and embrace your inner off-the-clock supermodel. We love how she’s styled her white oversized shirt with on-trend black shorts and croc-inspired mules. What sets the look off is her mini Kelly bag. It’s the perfect example of how you can plenty luxury accessories with everyday pieces to create an effortlessly Parisian chic look.
This outfit shows that you can take pieces you already have in your closet and incorporate them into a casual outfit with your breezy summer shirt.

Although we’ve featured several monochrome breezy shirts, it’s worth remember that stripes are always a good idea. If you want a shirt that you can wear year-round, choose stripes or a classic print instead of a neon shade. The beauty of a striped shirt is that it gives you a minimalistic base to contrast against statement heels to help make them ‘pop’. Don’t forget to add your favourite Gucci bag and oversized sunglasses to finish off your look.
If you want to recreate this look, make sure to keep your shorts and shirt in a similar colour palette, along with the rest of your accessories, to allow your statement shows to take centre stage.

Our favourite supermodel look is breezy shirts with masculine trousers. It’s a contemporary and modest look that works for any body type as its universally flattering. We love how Rosie Huntington-Whiteley styled this outfit. Her open-toe shoes add a summery twist to the outfit, while the high-waist and leather belt on her trousers give the outfit a more refined and elevated silhouette. You can swap out Rosie’s Birkin bag for your favourite oversized tote. Pull your hair back in a sleek bun and add your go-to sunglasses.
Kendall Jenner stepped out in a virtually identical outfit, but the supermodel wore a matching white t-shirt under her breezy shirt, sticking to the same mannish trousers and leather belt as Rosie. She also opted for the leather sandal kitten heels to elevate her look. If Kendall and Rosie are wearing it, then you know the look is on our radar.


Which of these breezy summer shirt looks will you be rocking this season? Do you think that they’re a closet staple? Let us know in the comments below!

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