This Is Set to Be 2020's Most Popular Item—and You Probably Already Own It

Easy to wear is probably one of the most irritating phrases in the whole of fashion (and let’s be honest, there are a lot to get annoyed by). What, exactly, does it mean? Surely all clothes should be easy to wear? That’s the whole damn point of them. As much as it pains me to give these three words justification, here’s how I interpret them: Easy-to-wear clothing is the sort of stuff you don’t have to spend much time thinking about. It’s a wardrobe staple that you’d happily wear whether you’re 15 or 85. There’s little faffing involved. 

Well, prepare to hear the words with more frequency come spring and summer 2020, as that’s exactly what this season is all about. While I love being amazed by innovative and fresh takes on fashion (hello, Richard Quinn and Marc Jacobs), on the whole, there are no huge surprises in store for us. So what can you expect? One of the biggest trends that plenty of buyers and high-street brands have invested in is the simple blue Oxford shirt. Spotted on the runway of minimalist brand par excellence The Row, this shirt is already starting to take off. 

blue oxford shirt: the row runway spring/summer 2020

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Courtesy of The Row

During Couture Week and Men’s Fashion Week, I’ve spotted Alexa Chung and street stylers already wearing this item in myriad ways. Some opting for styling it with a black skirt, others clashing it with a suit. Personally, I’m a huge fan of this shirt. I’ve got a vintage Ralph Lauren blue striped version I’ve had since 2015, and I wear it with plenty of different outfits, from on black trousers to loosely tied over summer dresses. All you need to do is decide if you want one that’s fitted or slightly oversize. Keep scrolling for how to style it, and then shop our edit of the best. 

How to Wear the Blue Shirt

blue oxford shirt: alexa chung wearing a blue shirt

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Style Notes: This outfit is so simple. Take your blue shirt and wear it with a pair of sheer tights, a black mini and a great pearl necklace. It's equal parts preppy and rock 'n' roll, aka classic Alexa.

blue oxford shirt: street styler wearing a blue shirt

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Style Notes: Proof that a boho style also works with this shirt. 

blue oxford shirt: street styler wearing a blue shirt

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Style Notes: Take a mix-and-match approach to suits. Opt for striped shorts paired with a striped shirt and a checked jacket. 

blue oxford shirt: elinor block wearing a blue shirt and black trousers

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Style Notes: Go for another basic and pair a blue shirt with a pair of black trousers. 

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