I have never enjoyed wearing the standard, stuffy formal shirt, tucked inside my pants, the collar suffocatingly buttoned, often with a tie or bow in tow. Formal wear has never been my thing, actually. I enjoy wearing a shirt as a layer and so, when I chanced upon longlines, they made a lot of sense to me. You can wear them as a layer, button them up for an ethnic vibe or wear them with a dinner jacket for a formal event. Here’s a few ways to wear them.

THE REGULAR LOOK

Button them, roll up your sleeves and team them with slim pants or joggers, with sneakers or nerdy brogues (sockless, of course) for a casual IDGAF vibe. If you don’t like your shirts droopy and too baggy, make sure you pick one that is tailored to your shoulder size.

THE OVERSHIRT

Ripped, slim denims, a distressed tee and a dark coloured longline overshirt are definitely a winner. Mess up that hair, wear some bands on your wrists and slip into some weather-beaten loafers – easy, done easily.

THE COVER-ALL

For those who love layers, this one will be a hit. Wear a longline zip shirt on a pop-coloured tee, and wear an open longline shirt on top of them both. Slim black pants and loafers (or lace ups) should do the trick. The zip detail adds a cool sense of edge, while making you look effortless.

THE DINNER PARTY

Slim pants, a buttoned up longline shirt, a well-cut dinner jacket and black patent leather shoes with slick hair – they’ll love you. You can always wear a loose tank under the shirt and unbutton it for the after party at the club. Now that’s layering done right.