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When it comes to fashion trends, there are generally two types—those that are obnoxiously omnipresent and those that fly under the radar. The first camp announces itself loudly and is everywhere you turn. (looking at you Tie-dye.) You can’t decide if you love it, hate it or if you’re stuck in limbo because you just don’t want to wear the exact same thing as everyone else.

As for the more subdued trends? They pop up in your feed, or you catch a glimpse of that cool girl at the train station. There’s a mystery there, and that’s enticing.

One I’ve noticed gaining traction: The button-down shirt and boxer short set. And to be honest, I’m obsessed. Think: Tom Cruise a la Risky Business, but with a bit more uh, coverage.

We’ve seen everyone from style influencers (like Pernille Teisbaek) to chic celebs (like Gabrielle Union) take on the look, and here are six iterations that deserve a spot in your wardrobe.

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1. Ombre Stripe Oxford Button-Down Shirt

We first spotted this trend on YouTube star Keshia Rush, and there’s something about the ombre detail that makes it a winner in out book. The best part? It can be dressed all the way up with cool PVC mules and a clutch or pared down with classic high-top Converse sneakers for a casual coffee with your besties.

Buy The Top ($325)

Buy The Shorts ($250)


2. Polo Ralph Lauren x ASOS exclusive collab stripe shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren is the epitome of menswear chic so it makes sense that their take on this trend for women is spot on. We’re loving the classic logo detail, short sleeves and ultra-relaxed but structured look.

Buy It ($111)

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3. The Linen Billow Blouse

This linen Everlane beauty takes the trend to new heights. Not only is this famously breathable fabric a lifesaver in hot weather, but it’s also more timeless than its striped pajama-esque brethren.

Buy The Top ($58)

Buy The Shorts ($38)

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4. Collared Cotton Poplin Popover in Stripe

Don’t mind us, we’re just solidifying this breezy ensemble as our go-to, no-fuss beach attire for all of summer 2021. We can hear the waves crashing just looking at this set.

Buy The Top ($89)

Buy The Shorts ($39)

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5. Kyla Blouse

If you were trying to figure out how to bring sexy back, here’s the set for you. Throw on a cute bralette, or button the top up and tuck it, slide on some sultry heeled mules, a slinky purse and go live your best life out on the town (or in front of your Netflix).

Buy The Top ($298)

Buy The Shorts ($198)

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6. Rylen Oversized Striped Cotton-poplin Shirt

Look, there’s no denying that you look like you just rolled out of bed. We say, go with it.

Buy The Top ($169)

Buy The Shorts ($149)

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