Bored of wearing the classic button-down shirt? Now you can create a statement with the different shirt styles. Here’s how to wear them!

A classic button-down shirt has and will always be a wardrobe essential. From Cindy Crawford to Rihanna to Kate Middleton, everyone has embraced this style staple. Whenever you don’t know what to wear, just throw on a well-ironed pair over anything – jeans, skirt, pants or even leggings,and you’re good to go! We’ve worn it to the most formal parties, to boardrooms, to job interviews and even to casual coffee dates.

Cindy Crawford

The versatility of the shirt justifies its overuse, both by men and women. And its overuse calls for unique styles and variations. You probably have a lot of different shirt styles in your wardrobe already – long ones to wear over leggings, striped ones for work-wear, a plain crisp white shirt for those I-don’t-know-what-to-wear days. Perhaps a pussy-bow, bell-sleeved or sheer variety thrown in the mix. Maybe even an oversized one!

shop-blouses-tops-shirts-womens-teesBut this season, there is more reason than ever to take a second look at this beloved piece of clothing. Because the classic shirt has got a makeover, and now you really have infinite styles to try and an infinite number of ways to wear them! Intrigued? Let’s check them all out!

A lot of brands have introduced many different shirt styles. Chloe came up with a contemporary version of the pussybow, Vetements has asymmetric styles in their latest collection. The American fashion brand, Tibi, introduced a whole new range of creative shirt styles, calling it “Shirting Reimagined”. Here are the top 10 different shirt styles we really wanna try!

long-shirt-dress-blue-tibi-2016-different-shirt-styles-women#1: Cold-Shoulder Shirts

Off-the-shoulder and shirts with shoulder cut-outs are making waves this season in dresses, tops, sweaters and shirts.The shoulder is the new cleavage. So go ahead and try this shirt style for a retro-inspired look! Off-shoulder bows, ruffles, the opportunities for shopping are endless!

Just Cavalli bare shoulder shirt

#2: Belted Shirts

This style will soon become your newest wardrobe favorite if you’re a pear-shaped girl. The belt will add some structure to the outfit, and the length will cover the hips, giving a chic, everyday look.


Valentino belted poplin shirt


Carolina Herrera puff sleeve blouse

#3: Tie, Ruffle and Ruched Sleeves

Wanna add some subtle interest? Try the sleeves with tie-up hems or a ruched sleeve shirt.


Tibi poplin off-the-shoulder shirt

#4: Asymmetric Shirts

Asymmetric cuts are great for statement outfits – both casual and for night-outs! Try either crop shirts for a cute feminine look, or a half-long-half-short shirt that you can knot or tuck in partially!


Christian Dior Vintage silk blouse


Maison Margiela sheer bow detail shirt


Saint Laurent pussybow sheer blouse

Kendall + Kylie Crossover Crop Silk Blouse

#5: Oversized Shirt with a Twist!

The oversized buttoned shirt is quite a sexy 90s piece of clothing. But for a more contemporary touch, select one with a trendy style – like shorter sleeves, or droopy arm-holes, statement sleeves or boat-neck.


Emporio Armani oversized button shirt


Givenchy drop shoulder sheer blouse

#6: Statement Sleeve Shirts

That brings us to statement sleeves. We’re loving this puffy sleeve shirt by Chanel that would make even the simplest of outfits more noticeable!


Chanel Vintage puff sleeve sheer blouse


Saint Laurent semi-sheer cropped shirt


Red Valentino piped trim blouse

#7: Shirts with Interesting Necklines

Sure, there are the pussybows and the collars and the Chinese collars, but this season, try a boat-neck, an asymmetric collar, a string-bow-neckline, a tux-shirt-like-ruffle neckline or a funnel neck shirt for a fresh update!


Dolce & Gabbana sheer lace blouse


Maison Margiela cut out detail shirt


Giambattista Valli ruffled longsleeved blouse


Saint Laurent sheer polka dot blouse

#8: The Trench Shirt

This is a shirt that gives a trench-coat like look! Great for the transition seasons, spring evenings, and for when you just want to try something really unique. But classic!


Long Shirt Dress- Tibi

#9: The Bustier Shirt

Here’s something for the experimental fashionista! Take the shirt from boardroom to nightclub with this bustier-twist! Innit cool?


Satin Poplin Bustier Shirt

#10: The New Shirt-Dress

Try off-shoulder shirt dress styles, or cute strappy necklines, or bell-sleeves! Elevate your shirt-dress look from plain ol’ boring to straight-out-of-the-runway!


Yves Saint Laurent Vintage ribbed knit shirt


Vera Wang pleated shirt gown

So, did you enjoy feasting your eyes on these modern blouses? Which type is your favorite? Lemme know below!

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email