A Love Letter to the Summer Shirt I Can’t Stop Wearing
I wasn’t looking for a new relationship, but after I listlessly tried on a not-overly-exciting-looking-
Tie It At Your Waist
The Central Shirt is, at its most basic, a full-cut short-sleeve shirt. The slightly longer back hem is engineered for the perfect half-tuck—or in this case, a back-tuck that leaves the front pieces free to tie for a relaxed but still polished style. (And it looks suspiciously like the shirt from Gwyneth’s self-parodying SNL sketch.)
Turns out I’m not the only one with a Central Shirt obsession—it’s been a best seller since it was introduced in 2016. Today it comes in lots of different fabrics, like this viscose, which has a heavy drape that feels all “rich lady’s blouse.” I like wearing the dotted version with skinny black pants for a classic French-girl style.
In a gauzy fabrication and a slightly longer tunic cut, this baby is comfy enough to wear untucked, biking around on vacation in Palm Springs. Full disclosure: I just threw the top on over some loose pajama pants I’d worn to bed. So thanks for elevating my lazy Sunday look, Madewell.
Sometimes I’ll just throw on a drapey version over jeans and go to work. The button-front, accessorized with a designer belt and a couple of nice necklaces, looks way more profesh than my usual T-shirt. This black top has become the hero of my wardrobe, a veritable Linus blanket I’ve worn everywhere from arty cocktail parties to just knocking around the house.