Are oversized shirts out of style? Never a fan of oversized shirts, I was shocked to learn that they may not be as trendy as I supposed. As part of my job, I work with designers who are in the know about what is in and what is out and so a few weeks ago, at one of our brainstorming sessions, I asked a question that had been on my mind for some time now. “I’ve noticed that most people (including me) wear oversized shirts…” “..and?” he asked. “Well, I was wondering if they are out of style.” (I felt like an idiot.) “No, don’t be silly,” he reassured me. “Oversized shirts are not out of style.”
A few days later, while window shopping at the mall, I noticed that most of the shirts for sale were oversized but, then again, I knew nothing about fashion so who was I to judge. I started looking around at the store nearest to me. In fact, I went up and down the entire aisles of this particular store. It was as though I was looking for something that didn’t exist. As I scanned each and every rack of clothing, my eyes fell upon what seemed to be a type of shirt that was definitely out of style. It was not an oversized shirt but rather one that was designed in such a way as to be too big for most women. It was huge on them and that made me realize that I had been wrong all along.
Apparently, large shirts are in style after all, because all of the ones for sale were so oversized. It was as though the store had just received a new shipment of these shirts and they were trying to get rid of them as quickly as possible. A few days later, while walking down the street, I noticed the same trend. All of the shirts for sale looked oversized and I had to wonder again, where on earth did they all come from?
Outfitting oneself with clothing in the 21st century is a complicated matter. At once, a woman has to be mindful of style. In addition, she also has to keep an eye on what society deems appropriate — from her dress and her skirt length to the shoes she wears while in public. Nevertheless, different aspects of society have their own opinions on what’s fashionable and what’s not — so the question “are oversized shirts out of style?” is a difficult one to answer definitively.
Fashion trends are always in flux. That being said, there is no doubt that oversized shirts have fallen out of favor. They used to be in style when they first gained popularity. (The trend can be traced back to the 1980s.) However, as the decade progressed, many people began to disregard them for their clunky look and lack of balance on women’s bodies, falling out of dress style altogether.