Trend Test: Wearing a Backwards Shirt with a Straight Face

Words by Jody Hume | 10.29.16
Bored with your button-up collection? Sure they’re a classic staple in any wardrobe, but sometimes they just don’t feel as exciting as trending styles like the oversized ruffles, romantic off-shoulder tops and dramatic bell sleeves we’ve been seeing everywhere. But enter the latest way to style your staid stable of work shirts: turn them around. It may sound strange at first (and maybe even like a Kriss Kross throwback), but with the right styling, backwards shirts just seem to work, lending an air of fashion excitement to a familiar piece. Read on as our Senior Visual Designer Ekin Kalayci and Creative Stylist Raquel Ramos test the trend and reveal its practicalities and how to pull it off.

realstyle_582_2-2Raquel Wears: Equipment Silk Button-Up, $95; Maison Rabih Kayrouz Brocade Skirt, $525; Alexander McQueen Silk Scarf, $225; Chanel Vintage Quilted Mini Shoulder Bag, $1,295

Did you get any weird looks from anyone?
We actually didn’t. We live in San Francisco, so it’s very difficult to get looks as the person next you is usually always weirder than you. But this trend is definitely a fashion forward way to #keepsfweird. 

realstyle_582_1-2Ekin Wears: Céline Striped Top, $275;  Alexis Anton Crochet Pants, $145; Chloé Emma Drawstring Bag, $975

What was your favorite thing about testing this trend?
I’m a clumsy person and spill things on myself all the time. I love that with this trend, I can always just turn my shirt backwards (or frontwards) when I spill food on my shirt! Then my hair can cover the stain in the back. Genius! Also, I loved my look, and I think it’s a super effortless way to make an interesting outfit. I’m one of those women who have the “I have nothing to wear” meltdown a lot of days getting ready for work, so I love that now my button-ups can make two outfits! 

realstyle_582_3-2Raquel Wears: Isabel Marant Lace Slip Dress, $175; Golden Goose Chambray Button-Up, $145; Valentino Printed Rockstud Sneakers, $575

What are your tips for pulling this look off?
If you haven’t tried the backwards shirt trend, I recommend you start with a slightly oversized denim shirt. Roll the sleeves, leave a few buttons undone and knot the front. If it feels too bulky, tuck comfortably into a flared midi skirt and add a statement belt to round your look. 

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