Cotton poplin had a huge moment on the spring runways this season. What made this trend so relevant? Designers played with unusual proportions and introduced new sewing techniques to create the modern day “shirt.”
We rounded up a few of the key essentials to note when shopping (think asymmetrical, cropped, ruffled!) that will keep you feeling fresh through the summer months ahead. Don't settle for the basic button down!
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An off-center button front is an instant update to your run-of-the-mill button down. A mandarin collar and oversized silhouette feel remarkably new in a micro gingham print.
Toteme | $340
2. WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET
The wrap tie top is a season essential and this off the shoulder number is perfect with a dressier cropped trouser for work or paired with a relaxed jean for a weekend brunch.
White House Black Market | $88
Asymmetrical cutouts and flirty shirring details give this top plenty of personality. This will be your definite go-to for hot summer date nights.
Topshop | $55
The puffed sleeve is sweeping the fashion world. Dip your toe in the trend with a version in crisp cotton. We recommend tucking in or out of a high-waisted silhouette (i.e. skirt, jean, trouser) for maximum styling versatility.
Mango | $60
Nothing feels fresher than an oversized tunic for summer. Get extra wear from this style by using as a swim cover-up on cooler nights post beach. Go collarless, go button less, go pullover!
Everlane | $65
6. RACHEL COMEY
Add a bit of drama to your everyday with feminine ruffles in crisp cotton. The fitted body will compensate for extra volume up top and the smocked open back adds an extra element of surprise.
Rachel Comey | $415
7. T BY ALEXANDER WANG
Want to show a little more skin than your average button down? Go cropped with this smart, short sleeve take. Bonus style points awarded for the elegant twist in front.
T by Alexander Wang | $250
8. BANANA REPUBLIC
The voluminous bell sleeve on this top will spice up your everyday shirting blues. A clean pinstripe pattern gives it a classic borrowed-from-the-boys look.
Banana Republic | $47 (originally $78)