In the world of fashion classics, you can't get much more classic than a button-up blouse. Whether it comes in crisp white, high-shine satin or in a statement print, it's fair to say most people will have at least one stowed away in their wardrobes. I'm an avid collector of shirts, so I was very happy when I saw that this humble staple was big news for A/W 19, except this time, with a very chic twist.
It's safe to say that anyone who has ever obsessed over Alexa Chung's style will love the statement-collar trend. Pushed into the spotlight by Ganni's cult Peter Pan–collared blouse, the look has since proliferated at both ends of the style spectrum, with designer and high-street brands offering-up enviable iterations. Combining the flattering fit of a traditional shirt with just the right amount of directional appeal, this is the sort of trend you can throw on with jeans and instantly look 10 times cooler.
Zara, in particular, has been going to town on the trend, delivering a number of white blouses with oversized collars and ruffled necklines. Who What Wear's Nell Block is a proud owner of the brand's poplin blouse with a Peter Pan collar, and she loves to style hers with black trousers and thick strapped sandals. If these styles feel a little frou-frou for you, why not try a '70s-inspired dagger collar instead, which is a more clean-lined way to wear the look? (Check out 16Arlington for winning pieces.) Scroll down to see our full statement-collar edit and see how our favourite influencers are wearing them.