Shirt up in style

From asym­met­ric cuts to twisted sleeves, here’s how you can de­con­struct your clas­sic shirt for a chic makeover

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Some wardrobe essentials never lose its im­por­tance even when our clos­ets go for a makeover. One of them is a clas­sic, crisp white shirt. How­ever, it’s time to in­oc­u­late a fresh per­spec­tive to this ageold trend and de­con­struct it to up your style stakes.

From in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers such as, Simon Porte Jac­que­mus, Mai­son Martin Margiela, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, Joseph and Zac Posen to In­dian de­sign­ers such as, Sh­weta Ka­pur, Dhruv Kapoor, this trend is be­ing pro­moted by all. Even ac­tors such as Sonam Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, among oth­ers are flaunt­ing it.

Now what is a de­con­structed shirt? De­signer Sh­weta Ka­pur says, “It is tak­ing apart a gar­ment and putting it back to­gether thereby chang­ing the de­sign from its core.” De­sign­ers be­lieve that a dif­fer­ent ap­proach is re­quired in de­con­struc­tion that helps to in­fuse fresh in­spi­ra­tion. “We all like to in­no­vate clas­sic shapes and what bet­ter than turn­ing the ef­fort­lessly chic but­ton-up shirt to a look that’s more ex­per­i­men­tal,” says de­signer Amit Ag­gar­wal.

Mov­ing on, there are myr­iad in­ter­pre­ta­tions of how to de­con­struct a shirt, the most im­por­tant is the tech­nique. “You can cut, twist, add ruf­fles to shirts and even re­move its sleeves. Though they may be to­tally re­worked, there might be holes in places that you wouldn’t ex­pect or have neck­lines that are to­tally off. But, that’s the beauty of it,” says Ag­gar­wal. Wear­ing the front as back while leav­ing the but­tons open for a back­less top, un­but­ton­ing the shirt at the col­lar and pulling it down to make it an off­shoul­der top are some ways of de­con­struct­ing your shirt. “It’s hard to go wrong with de­con­struc­tion since it’s vis­ually so strong. But avoid vo­lu­mi­nous sil­hou­ettes in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing gar­ment,” says Ka­pur. Fi­nal ver­dict: Don’t overdo it, and carry it off with the right at­ti­tude.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/SHRADDHAKAPOOR PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

Top to bot­tom: Anushka Sharma, Shrad­dha Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor

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Malaika Arora

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

So­phie Choudry

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

Vaani Kapoor

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