The weather as it is right now means I’m confined to a variety of knits and scarfs, hats and gloves. But whilst I’ve been out and about “doing my research” on the high-street, my eye has been caught by a number of great shirts all vying for my attention. I think my Spring wardrobe is definitely going to feature more than a few of these.
H&MTwo of my favourites are from H&M. First, this Patterned Blouse in Black/Floral (£19.99). The ruffle detailing on this pretty daytime blouse is what makes this a total winner for me from one of my high-street favourites.Also love the way the ruffle/pleats stand-up straight and pointy on the shoulders, smart. The straight-cut and concealed buttons make it super-flattering and worn with jeans (probably black skinnies would work best rather than the blue ones I’m wearing in the pics) and pumps deliver a great smart/casual look. Next up, this pale blue cotton shirt, which I love for the pretty colour and star print design. The other great feature is the neck on this one, I love the style of it and it buttons at the back, which is another nice detail. This one is in the new season collection and doesn’t appear to be online yet, but I found it in-store priced £24.99. Sizing wise, I’m usually a 10-12 depending on cut. For this blouse I opted for a 12 as there’s nothing I hate more than feeling like I’m wearing a shirt that acts more like a straight-jacket. I have to say though, the material of this shirt is lovely a soft and feels like it has a good amount of stretch and give, so is easy to wear.Whistles
It’s been a while since I visited Whistle’s but I decided to go in and check out the new collection for SS17. Ooooh they have some lovely things in there, I’d forgotten how gorgeous some of their pieces are and while I went in with the intention of browsing shirts, I did in fact managed to leave with a fab pair of wide side-striped cropped trousers. Can’t wait to rock those out with a slouchy jumper and trainers. Comfort guaranteed. Anyway, back to shirts – so I found this VERY pretty Penny Crop Lace Top (£150) in sheer ivory lace. Isn’t just beautiful? Gorgeous for evening, but also a smart option for daytime if unlike me you don’t spend your days doing the school-run and wrestling with unruly children!I have always been a sucker for lace and the detailing on this is simply beautiful. Love the shirt collar, love the cuffs, love the straight silhouette and the inverted box pleat at the back. LOVE. Now, my only issue with it – which is a personal thing – is that given that it’s cropped and I am someone with a long body, I just didn’t feel it was ideal for me (I’ve had two babies and not done enough pilates basically) not having the flattest of stomachs. But if you’re toned of tummy and a fan of the high-waisted trouser, this has to be on your ‘must buy’ list. A note on the size – it comes up quite petite I found. I’m wearing the size 12 and it fitted but wasn’t roomy.
One of my favourite stores to just meander in, don’t they have the most gorgeous things in there? Basically I just want to live in an Anthropologie shop. So I picked out this 100% silk (100% impractical when you have children, sad fact) khaki colour block shirt that would look great with the trousers I picked up in Whistles but in a fit of trying to be sensible, I didn’t buy it (although I’m still pondering it but then again, it’s hand wash only, so…). Mainly just because I know it’d only be a matter of one wear before greasy fingers ruined it for me.
Of course I’m still on the hunt for THE perfect crisp white timeless white shirt – so if anyone spots one of those then do let me know, it’s still a wardrobe staple that I’ve yet to really nail. The hunt continues.