Ways to wear: bowling shirts
By Sam Higgins, 13 August 2016
Bowling, Cuban or revere-collared shirts – call them what you want, but there’s no denying the silhouette has become one of this year’s most popular pieces. The 50s-influenced cut might be a contemporary take on your standard button-up, but the shirt offers a surprising amount of versatility compared to its smarter siblings. Here are three simple ways you can keep it looking fresh all year round.
Moving away from its tailoring traditions, this slinky, 2016 iteration of the revere-collared shirt boasts less of a formal feel and more grungy goodness. Nailing the surf-rat feel means mismatching patterns and fits, while adorning them in a touch of this year’s favourite pattern (camo) and tone (blush). Throw the pink, striped shirt over a contrasting camouflage tee, with raw-hem, ripped jeans and classic black Vans for an added skater-boy feel.
Its statement status may demand a place at the forefront of your getup, but the bowling shirt can perform equally effectively as a layerable component in a tidy ‘fit. With that in mind, don a short-sleeved shirt in leopard print to carry over the grungy feel but, this time, tuck it into a pair of smart, pastel-pink trousers. Varying the textures, pop a red, velvet souvenir jacket over the top to add a tonal touch that allows the shirt to subtly shine.
With oversized fits the cut of choice this year, you can’t go wrong with a revere-collared shirt that references the classic, boxy, 50s silhouette. Instead of covering it in bold prints, though, give the lightweight shirt a Scandi update by keeping the tones clean and neutral with just a simple floral pattern for detail. Minimalism is key, so layer a beige, long-sleeved tee beneath and, below the belt, throw on some black trousers, before pin-rolling them to show off a monochromatic mix of grey socks and black Kickers.