I don’t know if it’s all the episodes of Little House on the Prairie that I watched as a child, but I’ve always had a bit of a thing for broderie anglaise. There’s something so youthful and innocent about it, it just screams to be worn as you run through a cornfield with gay abandon on a summer’s day. Because we all do that on an average Tuesday, right? Well, whether or not you have cornfields to run through or simply the school-run to get through, I have found what could well be the perfect broderie anglaise and no, it’s not THAT Insta-famous Monsoon Victoriana one, although it is very similar. This one is from River Island and at £40 it is £19 cheaper than it’s Monsoon cousin. Winner.
So here it is:
You can buy it here, it also comes in light blue, but as a traditionalist it’s white all the way for me. Sizing wise, I think it comes up quite small, I usually wear a size 10-12 depending on the store/cut/item etc. for this I bought a size 12 and it fits perfectly. Here I am in it, worn yesterday (when the sun was shining, where the hell is the sun today?!) with denim shorts and white trainers:What I love about it is that it’s got the right amount of stretch and give in it that you don’t feel like you’re wearing a straight-jacket (my issue with lots of shirts). I think it actually looks better in real-life rather than in the photos, which don’t really do it justice, I got lots of compliments on it yesterday. Here it is worn by a professional! Beautiful detailing on the back as well, with the button at the neck.Wear it with blue jeans (or shorts!/denim skirt), black jeans or even white – accessorised with nude – all would look great. Try it tucked into a midi-skirt, worn with heels, or for a smart look tucked into wide-legged trousers – long or culotte style cropped – with heels would look fantastic: for work, worn with a vest top underneath, for play, just a bra as it’s not overly see-through despite the holes, so you can totally get away with it as long as you’re comfortable. See below for inspo, all images taken from Pinterest:
Now all we need is the sunshine to come back!