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The Fashion Memo

How to style summer’s chicest shirts

Simple yet essential, the humble button-down is the season’s most versatile piece. But how will you style yours?

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Street style: Chrissy Rutherford (striped shirt), Chloé Harrouche (blue shirt) and Libby Page (beige shirt)

Whether you live in a sun-drenched city or you’re tentatively planning a beachside escape, the struggle to look cool when the temperature rises is real. This season’s solution? We’re backing boxy button-downs in vintage silhouettes and palette-cleansing pastel colors; they’re a clean yet fashion-forward solution to almost every style dilemma. Whether you’re trying to put a polished spin on your WFH uniform or planning a picnic with friends, take your styling cues from brand consultant Chrissy Rutherford and pair a retro-inspired shirt with high-waist, wide-leg pants and barely-there sandals for an effortless look that will work for all manner of occasions. Then, for off-duty days in the sun, team your shirt with denim cut-offs, minimalist slides and fine gold bangles stacked high on the wrist. Look to fashion-insider favorites Still Here and Faithfull the Brand for laid-back yet luxe versions.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a playful twist on a classic cut, opt for a city shirt cast in light-as-air linen or crisp cotton – no vacation suitcase is complete without one. An oversized pink Emma Willis shirt is perfect for shrugging on over a bikini or one-piece; when the sun sets, fasten three or four of the buttons, add palazzo pants and a chain necklace (or two) for a fuss-free after-dark outfit. Bondi Born’s collarless linen design is also on our wish list this season: pair it with the brand’s coordinating paper-bag-waist shorts for summer-style perfection. Follow in the perennially chic footsteps of NET-A-PORTER’s senior fashion market editor Libby Page and layer yours over cargo pants and a white tank top for an understated look with year-round appeal.

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