Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The January Style Challenge 2 - The Perfect White Shirt

Item two is a basic white shirt. Not very dressed down I hear you say but a wardrobe basic that I'm lacking and one that I know will give new life to a few jumpers and sleeveless dresses. 
I had no luck in the shops last week so when I came home, I ordered one online from TM Lewin. I always bought my shirts from them when I worked and the quality is excellent. This one was only £20 in the sale:
White Shirt - TM Lewin
but sadly, I didn't notice that it was double cuffed. It was a lovely shirt but I didn't even try it on as I can't bear double cuffs for casual wear. Thank goodness for free returns! TM Lewin do have a buttoned cuff version on this link but it was out of stock in my size. So the hunt continued. This one from Boden looks great - but on closer inspection, it seems a bit flimsy on the collar. I'm really looking for something with a more substantial collar.
Boden 'The Shirt'
This one from the new spring collection has a collar more along the lines of what I'm looking for though I'm not overly keen on the bib detail and it is full price!
Boden - Great White Shirt
Next contender was this Tommy Hilfiger one from House of Fraser and it went into the virtual basket. I kept looking though as this was only available in a 10 and I really could do with a 12 to prevent any button gaping
Tommy Hilfiger @ House of Fraser
And then - the exact style I was looking for, also in House of Fraser but not in the sale! 
Linea Stretch Shirt
and then I struck gold...and my mother & mother in law would be proud. Betty Barclay at John Lewis have this shirt reduced in the sale:
Bright White Shirt - John Lewis
I waited for it to arrive before blogging so I could be sure it was the one and I'm delighted with it. Exactly what I wanted. Lovely bright white, not see through, great stretch in it, nice firm collar, long enough sleeves and not too long to wear alone but not too short that it gapes on my long torso. In fact, I would almost consider buying two of them. Here I am wearing it - mine is a size 12 and I would say it's a bit generous..I could have got away with the 10 but for more casual dressing, I prefer a bit more material.


Really really pleased with this one - that's item two in the bag! Finishing with what I wore yesterday (today is coming on another post)..

I was copying Joanna by wearing my Only Jeans from ASOS. Great minds and all that but for the record, I'm 5 hours ahead so I put them on first :)
It was a working from home day, sorting out receipts, invoices and stock for the shop so I wore my Cosy Slippers (further reduced to £11.60!), Crew Neck and Knitted Jacket (old) all from Boden! 
Ok - for all you bloggers out there - please add your January Sale posts below using the linky and do please click through to read some of the other posts!



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29 comments

  1. That shirt looks perfect - well done you. Excellent find. Mine are definitely more oversized than that - you wouldn't get a man's shirt to fit like that at all. Love those jeans - I have been salivating over the Gap ones.... Will they make the grade?!

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    1. I think you'd find it short in the arms too. I seem to have short arms?! At least, when I tried a few men's ones on, they were way too long. Same with the Uniqlo men's jumpers. Sob. Short arms and short legs then! :) xx

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  2. Looks really good, can't beat the classic white shirt for looking effortless and stylish all at the same time.
    Added my sales post again.

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    1. Thanks for linking up Emma - and you're so right about a white shirt. I have so many outfits I want to use it with! Ax

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  3. Ohh! It's perfect Avril! Such a classic!! Honestly cannot believe I didn't own a crisp white shirt and enjoy wearing it until I was in my 40s! A truly great wardrobe staple. You are doing so brilliantly at your January style challenge!! x

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    1. Well I have had a thing for my shirts for years - was a hard one to shake off when I stopped working but I always kept my white ones tho they always need replaced every couple of years. Baffled at how tricky it is to find a nice one and at how expensive they are when compared to men's ones!
      Thanks for your lovely comment Michelle, Ax

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  4. Nice and classic, love your white shirt :) I will post my first sale bargain tomorrow then stop by and link up :)

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    1. Thank you Claire - looking forward to reading your post! Ax

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    2. All linked up thanks, will get another post ready now :) up cycling boots sound great. Would love to see them. let me know if you link up to Creative Mondays and I will feature any up-cycling projects the following week :)

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    3. Thank you Claire - picking up the dye tomorrow! xx

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  5. What a find! I have a friend who used to swear by Betty Barclay for work shirts .. I could never bring myself to look at them (connotations of mother and MIL as well!) but you've convinced me of the error of my ways!

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    1. I guess that's the good thing about online shopping - I was searching by clothing type, not brand. So it's not like venturing into the BB concession in Arnotts and feeling like an old lady! Ax

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  6. A white shirt has been missing in my wardrobe for years Avril, I have just never found one that wasn't see through so gave up! I shouldn't have really, well done you, great find x

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    1. This is totally opaque - love it! But small sizes sold out so you'll need to look in-store maybe? x

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    2. Wil definitely give it a go when next at a JL, thank you. Probably good job it's sold out, I need that Feb (now was it Feb or April!??!) ban to start asap!!! x

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    3. It's Feb - you're signed up!! x

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  7. You made the best choice Avril. Love it. Those slipper boots are a bit of a bargain aren't they.

    Love the linky tool - thanks xx

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    1. Thanks Donna - slippers are fab. Haven't had them off my feet since they arrived (indoors obv!) x

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  8. You can't beat a great white shirt as a wardrobe staple & I'm loving your new Betty Barclay one, I bet you're going to get so much wear from it. Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. Thanks Jane and thanks for linking up x

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  9. Thanks for the heads up on this one Avril. I bought one in Gap last spring and have never worn it, it's to casual and to big! Agree with you on how a white shirt should like and this one nails it! It's in my virtual JL basket which will never be bought as it totals £500 now! x

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  10. I am always slightly nervy around white since having kids...bolognese...hands....shirt! But you have convinced me I certainly need one in my life that BB shirt looks fab on you!

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    1. I know - a bit like white jeans. Thought I'll be wearing mostly under jumpers I expect for the next few months. And the bleach will be my friends! x

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  11. It is a wardrobe staple Avril and one I find the hardest to get right! I think BB is on sale in Pamela Scotts at my local Whitewater shopping mall! I must check it out as yours looks fab:) Linking up some leopard boots I found at M&S,They are now a bargain if any of your readers take a size 5!
    ~Anne

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    1. Thanks Anne - and thank you for amending too - very thoughtful of you. I'm off for a look now! x

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  12. Hi Avril back again re that above comment.... the leopard print now appear to be completly sold out online after one hour. I have updated with a ponyskin option in my post:)
    ~anne xx

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  13. I seriously need a white shirt & almost bought one from M&S before Christmas! Your MIL will be proud! It really suits you & is the perfect fit! Love the outfit on you too....stripes are so you! Thanx for the linky Darl! Ax

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    1. Aw..thank you. Love me my stripes! And thanks for linking up xx

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