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styling notes The overshirt

Curated byAndreas, Head of Design Menswear

The overshirt is a functional garment which has its historical origins in utility wear and workwear. Notable for its exceptional versatility, it’s one of the hardest working components of the menswear wardrobe. The multiple variations of construction, fit and fabric allow for a multitude of styling interpretations all year round.

ARKET’s collection of overshirts is an attempt to explore the nearly endless possibilities in contemporary style. Our standard fit is relaxed and roomy enough for underlayers, yet refined and precise to ensure that knits, vests and cover-ups can be added for a fuller look during the months of autumn and winter.

The sporty half-zip

'This popover half-zip is a casual style inspired by retro sportswear silhouettes from the 1980s and 1990s. It feels like a bolder version of the humble sweatshirt – it can be worn over anything, yet its modern detailing can add a contemporary twist to the most classic looks.'

The light jacket

'Cotton twill overshirts are amongst our favourites for their versatility all year round. When crafted from heavier fabrics, such as this rigid structured twill variation, they function perfectly as final layer jackets, ideal for autumn and transitional weathers.'

The corduroy overshirt

'Corduroy is one of the key materials for the autumn season. It feels soft while being structured, it takes colours beautifully, and it has a fun retro inspiration while being one of the most classic fabrics for menswear, which makes it timeless and modern at the same time.'

The doubled overshirt

'Mid-weight cotton twill overshirts are ideal to be worn on their own, as they serve as a more structured version of a shirt. Earth and olive tones are neutral shades that combine beautifully and, as shown here, it just works to combine two overshirts together for a more interesting look.'