GETTING SHIRTY

I love shirts.  I am like a magpie for an oversized shirt.  I think it's something about the masculinity of the cut and shape, meeting the femininity of a womans body that to me, looks both cool and alluring.  Effortless style at it's best, think Princess Diana circa 1990.

This shirt is by American Retro and is 100% silk. At over £200 it’s not cheap so being able to wear it in more than one way is crucial. Here, mum is in a wool pinafore dress by Toast. I love the mixture of materials.  As we're here, I love the pinafore. Imagine it with a fitted polo neck jumper or even a simple white t-shirt. Spot on.

Pale pink is such an ‘on trend’ colour right now and coupled with navy and white is always a winner.  This jumper is mohair and from All Saints. 

October was ridiculously warm so mum is still wearing Superga trainers.  Come winter and the colder months you could wear this dress with opaque navy tights and loafers or brogues.  Equally though, knee-high leather boots would look good too.

Here, I’m wearing the striped silk shirt with trousers.  Silk is such a lovely fabric as it keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat.  On this particular morning it was pretty chilly, so the silk worked wonders as my corduroy jacket didn’t afford much warmth. If pink is the colour of the season, then corduroy is the fabric.  Having been splashed all over the catwalks it is now flooding the high-street shops.  I LOVE corduroy.  High waisted cord cut-off trousers and a matching boxy cord jacket contrast brilliantly with the soft silk shirt.

This big buckled ‘pirate’ style belt is an exciting find from Topshop.  A belt is an easy way of making a relatively simple outfit look more interesting.  This particular belt worn with high waisted 501-style jeans and a beaten up old t-shirt would also look awesome.

COS always design good-looking, good value bags and this is a perfect example.  A bright orange leather bag is not necessarily a long-lasting investment piece but this is why I love COS so much - more often than not you can pick one up for under £100 meaning you can afford to choose those bold colours that you may only use from time to time.

I often match my socks to my shoes.  Why I like it, I’m not actually sure, but I do.  These brogues I have had for a long time.  They were expensive but they have been an amazing investment.  It is always worth spending a bit more money on shoes if you can.  On the whole, you get what you pay for.  I find that most of the high-street brogues are just a bit too, how can I put it, clunky.  They end up being the wrong side of masculine.  That’s not to say that you can’t find a good pair on the high street but if you want to buy a really great pair then look no further than Dries Van Noten – eye-wateringly expensive but lip-smackingly nice.   

SUE

Shirt American Vintage . Pinafore dress Toast . Jumper All Saints . Pumps Superga . Hoop earrings Topshop . 

HANNAH

Shirt American Vintage . Trousers Toast . Jacket Toast . Belt Topshop . Bag COS . Socks COS . Shoes Dries Van Noten . 

Photography and Artwork by Alexandra Mooney