19 Reasons to Buy an Oversized Button-Down Shirt

It’s time to level up from that baggy shirt you “borrowed” from your last boyfriend and then conveniently “forgot” to return. With the large array of voluminous button-downs flooding retailers, you’ll gleefully retire that vagrant nostalgia. Whether it’s a roomy take on the classic striped shirt or a silky version you can sport with your sweatpants, this season’s oversized button-downs put to rest any notion you may have had that they were only for the slovenly and frumpy.

Wondering exactly how to sport this much fabric without appearing swamped? If you tend toward the petite side, you may wish to sit this one out — unless, of course, you are as avant-garde as the Olsen twins — then wear it however you like. Heck, throw on an oversized coat for good measure!

For the rest of us, it’s simple: balance is everything. For every yin, there must be a yang and for every generously sized top, there must be a frugal bottom. Try a tapered trouser, skinny jeans, thick leggings or you could even go sans pants and zip up thigh-high boots for some serious sex appeal. The possibilities are endless and there is much inspiration to be found from your favorite online retailers above.