monday blues

blue
clockwise from top left: nobodyknowsmarc, unknown, garance doré, garance doré, mario testino for us vogue july 1999, unknown

When I look through all the pictures I have stored on my computer, I noticed a dominance of blue shirts. I love a blue shirt, possibly even more than a white shirt, because I love the colour of the sky and sea, and probably because I spent 12 years of my student life clad in blue school uniforms. It's just a little more "workman" and humble-looking than a pristine white shirt (not than I don't love a white shirt), a little friendlier somehow, but no less elegant.

These few pictures are my favourite for the moment - and I'm inspired to wear a different blue shirt to work every day this week. I have four variations - on the fifth day, I shall simply repeat my favourite.

Pictures from tfs, garance doré here and here, move slightly, nobodyknowsmarc

Comments

Stephanie said…
This post makes me wish I hadn't given away my blue school uniform shirts! I like the idea of a white shirt as well, but they can come across a bit too dressy for me. There's something really approachable and wearable about blue.
Lapide Lune said…
I love the oxford blue, especially - and seriously need to update. Trouble is, I can never locate one that isn't fitted, since i prefer the boyfriend style... I will keep searching though. I agree with regards to them offering a fresh alternative to white, and as i work from home, wearing them always feels like something of a luxury, for I rarely *have* to dress up.
Beautiful compilation. Ashley Olsen has such a je ne sais quoi with her personal style. And she knows how to dress to suit her petite frame. But I suppose being photogenic, having good hair, and a good pair of shades never hurt anyone. Caroline Murphy, wow, she is always so beautiful.
miss sophie said…
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miss sophie said…
ahh the blue shirt! such an enduringly comfortable uniform piece. you should check out the documentary vid i blogged about on Ozwald Boateng. at the beginning he has some very interesting things to say about how growing up wearing school uniforms has impacted his view on style and design.

that photo of Le Olsen totally explains the fuss around her and her sister's style. the two of them, love them or hate them, really just have 'it'.
lin said…
stephanie: I also like that my sloppy ironing doesnt look as bad on a blue shirt than on white.

lapide lune: I like a light blue and white stripe as well. my favourite is actually a cotton men's one in size S from A.P.C. that i found in a sale, it's tiny, for a men's shirt, but i think it's just nice for women. The men's dept at Uniqlo is also pretty good as well, their XS and S will fit most girls without drowning them.

pret a porter p: She's a pretty girl, but I can picture her (and her twin) in less stylish days, and I can say for sure looks is only one part of the game, haha.

miss sophie: I will! I agree with the Olsen's - and I actually really like how they reference 90s style without looking like too much of a throwback.
Ammu said…
I love blue shirts, especially that light blue shade worn by meredith melling burke in your collage. Have two Oxford shirts from Brooks Brothers - one of the few times i have bought two of the same item in the same colour. Love their easy elegance.
Ginta said…
Perfect collage! I love good button ups either in white or blue. I agree that blue is less fuss and paired with white jeans absolutely perfect! And Caroline Murphy looks stunning in that picture.
heart in a cage said…
I, too, love a blue shirt! Easy, but still put together. I bought a blue one with white stripes two weeks ago at H&M, and have been wearing it a lot ever since.
Camille said…
I like how you mentioned how blue shirts have a bit of a 'workman' quality to them, it's references like that that make me enjoy pieces of clothing even more. For some reason, I only feel comfortable wearing a white shirt if it's not a classic oxford, but I don't have this mental block with its blue counterpart.
Maxime said…
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Austere said…
I love a good blue button down too and a week of blue shirts sounds like a good idea. It reminds of when little kids will wear the same piece day in and day out without any regard for other people's "ick" reaction.
María said…
Last spring, I purchased a blue oxford shirt from american apparel and it's honestly one of the best buys I've made in a long time.
Aïssa said…
Great collage. I have the pics of Ashley Olsen and Emmanuelle Alt in my inspiration folder. The sheer simplicity without any touch of boredom nor lazyness in both outfit struck me.
Blue shirts are a constant in my closet too and I own several: fitted, loose, striped...
It's one item that I wear year round, suitable for work and that I also enjoy wearing on casual days too.
That's the secret of its success imo.
lin said…
Ammu: I never found a solid blue shirt that worked on me, but thin blue and white stripes do help me achieve that same airy shade..

Ginta: I love Carolyn - I do love the 90s models, they somehow manage to be edgy classic beauties but also in a very natural, fresh way (Angela Lindvall, Stella McCartney, Amber Valleta, Shalom Harlow, Cecilia Chancellor).

heart in a cage: It really works for all occasions, from job interviews to picnics.

camille: It feels unpretentious to wear clothes like that. I'm not pretending I'm a labourer but nothing too precious for me, I don't lead a jet-set life.

maxime: thank you.

maria: it's so unshowy but becomes something so dependable, that it's really a super star...

aissa: i agree with you...sometimes I feel like a waitress when I wear a white shirt with black trousers but I don't have that problem with blue!
Garderoben said…
Oh, I love blue shirts too. I haven't been able to find a simple blue oxford shirt that suits me, but I have an oversized böue shirt that I love.

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