I have one blue cotton shirt with white stripes, one white cotton shirt with an attached scarf, one white silk shirt, one navy silk shirt, one plaid shirt I nicked from my younger sister.
I love all of them except maybe the plaid shirt (the buttons gape at odd places), but I've been wanting an honest-to-goodness casual shirt - not something in the smooth cotton you see in work shirts, not something in silk, but something in washed cotton that I could toss into a suitcase. And I don't want the shapeless super-thin cotton things that feel like little more than beach cover-ups. I want something that's still reasonably tailored.
For the longest time, I agonised over whether I wanted a chambray shirt - I love chambray, but I wear jeans a lot and chambray isn't such a good look with jeans. Not for me anyway.
So here's a new item for the 2011 shopping list: a casual shirt.
I envision the shirt being blue, but plain blue would be a bit boring - it does nothing my for my wardrobe. Perhaps preppy stripes, or a small plaid/check pattern would be nice.
I quite like the look of Steven Alan shirts - good reviews, and the prices seem reasonable. But I'm reluctant to ship from so far at that kind of shipping rates - costly to my pocket if it doesn't fit.
My best bet is Massimo Dutti - I have bought two shirts there and their sizing works wells for me, and their shirts are very well-made at their prices: french seams on the sides, very nicely attached collars and cuffs, well-finished buttonholes, buttons that don't look cheap. Some day I may do a Sofia Coppola and have my shirts made at Charvet, but until I start earning oodles, I'll hold that thought.
I've been resisting lunchtime shopping, but tomorrow is Friday, and a jaunt to the shops during lunch on a weekday always gives me that pleasant, slacking off feeling which is the perfect way to end off the work week.
My 2011 list, updated:
- A watch
- A small-ish day bag also that works for night
- Perfect black cigarette pants
- Casual shirt
Picture taken from that kind of woman