This summer I've been seeing a lot more women wearing button-down shirts than usual, but not in a typical way. This week Rihanna hit the streets of New York City in a Henley version that looks almost like a night shirt. With nothing underneath.
I was lucky enough to see Rihanna in concert last night (thanks to Nivea who sponsored her tour) and she was awesome on stage. Also, not one single costume change involved pants. Yes, the pantless trend that started back in 2009 is still here! But in the case with the button-down shirt (pictured on the right) it definitely looks like RiRi forgot to put on the rest of her outfit. We think the top would have been cuter—and perhaps more appropriate for a stroll down the street—if she had belted it and worn a pair of shorts underneath. Though this is Rihanna, and the girl can do what she wants.
The other odd way we've seen button-downs worn this summer is as a skirt. Basically ladies have been placing their shirts around their waists, buttoning them all the way around down, and tying the arms together like a bow. We found a few examples of the shirts as skirts on Madonna and her daughter Lola's Material Girl blog. See below:
Shirts worn as skirts. Photo courtesy of blog.materialgirlcollection.com
We give these ladies points for creativity, because clearly they have over skirt alternatives they could wear. The girl on the right kind of pulls it off, but we wish she could have hidden the sleeves somehow. There are even more shirts as skirts on the Material blog—some look really sloppy and some look sort of OK. But in most cases is looks like the woman just threw on a shirt to cover up her bottom half.
What's your take on these new shirt trends? Do you like your button-ups to remain a standard classic wardrobe staple, or would you wear one as a dress or a skirt?