I find that the fundamental struggle of summer lies in the fact that it tries to make you look like a slob. You want your clothes not to stick to you, or to touch you as little a possible, so we usually end up scantily clad in cutoffs and a raggedy top we don’t mind washing for the thousandth time, while our “nice clothes” wait for the kinder months of the year. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for those perfect pieces that sort of “fake” looking a little nicer, without compromising my comfort in summer weather. My favorite example of this to surface recently is the sleeveless oxford shirt.
The shape of the sleeveless oxford shirt makes me feel that perfect degree of modesty without feeling like I’m hiding under stuffy work attire. And I’m so in love with the neon pattern on this blouse from Asos. It might have to be mine.
For girls with small (read: no) chests these shirts are a blessing but that doesn’t mean everyone can’t find one for them. This one from Tobi is loose enough to flatter most shapes, either tucked into shorts or a high-waisted skirt, or untucked for breezy breathability.
Casual and airy, this particular cut from Urban Outfitters is enticing for its comfort and cool details. I love the tails on this shirt!
And while this style can easily go super-casual, it can also look incredibly polished and chic. These pearl collar embellishments are a luxe touch that takes this shirt from Zara from simple and silky to unique and eye-catching.
It doesn’t take a lot of styling finesse to rock a sleeveless oxford. Some days you might choose to button the collar all the way up for a smart summer look; Others you might opt for it to be open over a swimsuit or for a bike ride. The point is they’re versatile, and you can get them (check F21) for a practically seasonally-disposable price if you’re rough on your summer duds. So give them a whirl — this style is likely to take some of the pain out of the heat of summertime.
Are you a fan of the sleeveless oxford shirt?
[Lead photo shirt from Modcloth]