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An Oversized Shirt Makes Getting Dressed Way Easier

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Madewell Drapey Oversized Boyshirt, $72

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We all have those days when it feels impossible to get dressed. You want to look presentable, but don't want to put a lot of effort into picking out your clothes for one reason or another — maybe you’re sick of everything you own, maybe it’s too hot for your go-to outfit, or maybe you’d just rather be at home and not get dressed at all.

For these lazy moments, an oversized button-down shirt is the perfect solution. It’s one piece of clothing that can be worn for pretty much any situation. Not sure what to wear to work? Throw one on over slacks or a pencil skirt — the whole “work shirt” thing means you look polished even when it’s not fitted. Need an outfit for running errands or meeting up with friends on the weekend? They look just as cute over jeans or leggings with sneakers, perhaps tied up into a crop top. You can wear one as a coverup at the beach or even as a dress on a date, if it’s long enough (I mean, Rihanna does it).

Retailers like J.Crew, Zara, and & Other Stories all have different versions of the oversized work shirt — or you could go the cheaper route and buy one from your local thrift store (they’re not hard to find). Check out our favorites below, starting at $35.