Hubby is away canoeing and fishing this week, my friends, and I have been on my own. Much as I love my husband, I do cherish my alone time. So, yep, this week I have been on my own, on the loose, in loose shirts. Ha. Or one loose shirt anyway. I’ve been making a concerted effort to style my Nordstrom Signature oversized blue and white shirt in a few different ways.
Wearing a loose, oversized shirt untucked and hanging loose is quite freeing, you know. It is so very comfortable. It’s so very on trend. And it can look great.
For years and years I was all about a neat, tailored look. But since COVID, since my hair has been white, I don’t feel that a tidy (almost lady-like) look represents who I am anymore. Partly this is because of fashion’s changing silhouette. Partly I have been influenced by my favourite influencers. Women whose loose and casual style I admire, and who seem to wear their clothes so easily, so lightly, if that makes any sense. But this change has also been wrought by who I am now. Not the person I was in 2013 when I retired, or even the same woman I was three or four years ago.
So for the past while I have been endeavouring to update my style and embrace the loose. Last summer when my beloved skinny leather pants wore out, I replaced them with ones that are wider through the hip and leg. I purchased a new pair of baggy trousers from Aritzia last spring. I bought a pair of loose-cut men’s Levis last fall. And this spring an oversized sweater from COS and a quite voluminous striped top also from COS. Not all the looks I have tried are keepers. Because, like with all change, some negotiation has been required, some experimenting, and a lot of trial and error.
I’ve worn my new striped oversized shirt with my Stan Smith sneakers and white Frame straight-leg jeans a few times so far. You can see that look in this post. But this past week it’s been cool-ish for early June. And rainy off and on. So when I went into the village to run errands the other day, I wore my oversized shirt with Frame straight-leg jeans, my old Stuart Weitzman loafers, and a white Vince tee under my shirt. I threw my big COS sweater around my shoulders. Then just in case it rained again, I rolled up my raincoat and popped it into my big Michael Kors tote bag.
I like this look. The shirt is long, but not too long. Loose, but not overwhelming so. The sweater is long and oversized enough that I can pull it on over the loose shirt if I get cool. I wasn’t sure about the gold tote bag with the blue and white. But I thought this outfit needed a bag with some strong colour. And I wanted somewhere to stuff my coat, and even my sweater if the weather warmed up. I love this old tote bag, and I don’t use it enough.
The next look I tried is my favourite. I wore the oversized shirt with the trousers from my Max Mara suit, my white Stan Smith sneakers, and a navy, Vince V-neck sweater around my shoulders. I left the bottom couple of buttons open on the shirt so it didn’t look like a tunic. The sweater around my neck in this outfit will stay around my neck, as an accessory. The light cashmere of the sweater is too light to pull on over the heavier shirt.
I love this outfit. In flapping shirt and flowing pants, I am happily embracing looseness.
I was joined on the deck for my fashion shoot by Cinnamon, our next-door neighbour’s cat. As you can see, he is very friendly. And if pats are not forthcoming forthwith he flops down in front of me and rolls over. Hubby and I are very fond of him.
Later, after I had brushed the cat hair off my pants, I changed and headed into town to pick up supplies for my little get-together the next night. When Hubby goes away I always have the “girls from work” over for a barbeque. Despite being driven inside from the deck by threatening rain and mosquitoes the size of small birds, we had a great evening of good food and wine and much hilarity. But that’s a story for another post. Back to loose shirts.
This time around, I’m wearing my Vince tee again, and my new-ish Levis bought last fall. The loose straight-leg of the jeans looks great with sneakers and loose shirts.
So here’s the thing about loose shirts. Besides being comfortable, on trend, and easy to style. They can go from casual-slouchy, to casual with smart elements, to quite smart… without much effort.
I will say that you have to be careful when you buy loose shirts to get the right length and the right amount of looseness for your frame. You don’t want to drown in your shirt. And in my opinion loose, oversized shirts look best tucked in if you wear them under a jacket. Especially if that jacket is not oversized as well. I have several summer blazers, and the shirt left untucked hangs below the hem of all of them. Not a good look in my opinion. I will have to leave the loose shirt over a tee under a long blazer until I actually own a long enough blazer. Perhaps I’ll try that look in the fall.
So that’s me for this week folks. I’ve been on the loose in loose shirts for the past few days. Trying to increase my loose, louch quotient, so to speak. Trying to change up what I wear to reflect how I feel at this time in my life. To make sure my outfits say what I want them to say about my white-haired, almost ten years retired, newly turned sixty-six, somewhat bookish but maybe a teensy bit bad-assed identity. Ha.
How about you, my friends? Have you tried the oversized, loose look in shirts? What’s your verdict? It is a look for you or not?
P.S. If you want to shop for the pieces I’m wearing in this post, or for similar items, I’ve included all the links below.
Outfit#1: Frame straight-leg jeans. Nordstrom Signature oversized cotton shirt (on sale.) Here is the link for the shirt on the Canadian Nordstrom site. A used version of my Michael Kors tote here at The Real Real. Similar sweater from COS. Vince tee shirt. My black, patent Stuart Weitzman loafers are from 2014, but here’s a similar, chunkier pair. Outfit#2: Nordstrom Signature oversized shirt. Vince V-neck cashmere sweater. My Max Mara pants are very old, but here is a similar pair in navy. Stan Smith Adidas. My Michael Kors white cross-body bag is old. But here’s a similar DKNY bag at Macy’s that I like.
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