The Shirt Company’s Guide to Getting Ready in 10 Minutes (or Less!)

It’s no secret that most of us are guilty of taking our sweet, sweet time when hauling our bodies out of bed in the morning and getting ready for our 9am meeting in the office  (or – much more preferrably – our 11am champagne brunch with the girls!). If you’re anything like us, the snooze button is your closest companion (we need our beauty sleep, okay!?). From hair and makeup, to our outfit of the day, our morning routine could take hours…And often does.

And as much as we love whiling away the mornings perfecting our “look,” there isn’t always time — nor is it always exactly practical for a day at work. Well, when it comes to getting ready The Shirt Company knows our way around a dressing table. So, we’ve put together a morning guide to help get your routine down to 10-minute beauty basics. Voilà!

Invest in Makeup

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Image: Amelia Says

Using products that actually work, and work fast, is so important. Who has time to swipe on mascara for 5 minutes per eye every morning? (Admittedly, we used to.) But to increase efficiency, make sure you’re choosing products that don’t require a lot of tools or time spent perfecting – learn how to use them well.

An all-in-one moisturiser, foundation, and SPF factor cream is a perfect time-saving beauty device! This Nude Finish Tinted Moisturiser by Bobbi Brown (pictured above) provides just enough coverage to make skin look like its best nude, with nourishing moisturizers that hydrate the skin, while SPF 15 provides everyday protection.

Reach for the Red Lipstick

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Image: Harper and Harley

Alternatively, if you really squeezed for time and don’t have time to prime your skin or sweep your eyelashes with mascara, there’s always red lipstick! You’ll look like you spent an hour doing your “makeup,” when in reality you spent only thirty seconds applying it on the tube to the office!

Bonus fact: Red lipstick goes with any skin tone if you choose the right base colour and match it to your skin, hair, and wardrobe. Here’s a handy guide to help you get your red just right!

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Get Your Capsule Wardrobe Together

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Image: Sheerluxe

When you’re working against the clock every morning, grabbing a top and bottom you already know you’ll love can save you a lot of time getting ready. Throw on a few accessories and you’re done – the genius of a capsule wardrobe!

Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as shirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularised by American designer Donna Karan who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.

If you’re stuck for ideas, stick to the following: Choose a colour scheme (we love monochrome), consider your body shape (invest in a good-fitting, well tailored shirt), consider your complexion, choose classic shapes and patterns, and select high-quality fabrics.

Need more inspiration? Shop our exquisite range of women’s shirts and blouses at theshirtcompany.com.

Be a 3-Minute Head Turner

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For Meghan Markle, the royalists’ most au courant style icon and the princess-to-be, her hair appeal isn’t just in the fuss-free, time saving styles – it’s also in its simplicity. She makes the messy bun her own, sporting a variety of different variations on the easy up-do during her public appearances.

Copying Markle’s messy bun requires any old hair elastic, a spritz of hairspray, and three minutes of your time at best! But, if a bun isn’t for you, then try minimising time spent on your hair in the mornings by simply brushing it through with some water to tame it, or reach for a good grease-cutting dry shampoo that can work for all colours and textures.

Denim

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Image: Adenorah

With ten minutes to get dressed on Saturday morning, we go straight to denim! We’d grab our denim jeans, a white shirt, and style the look with everything from flats to statement heels, depending on where you’re headed! We’re all about chic comfort and minimalism – and denim is so easy to wear and looks great all year round.

To achieve this fantastically French weekend look – as pictured on the epitome of effortless French girl cool, Adenorah (above) – just tuck a classic white button-down into a pair of well-loved straight leg jeans for tailored appeal.

Eat Breakfast on the Go

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Image: Today Show

We’re not huge fans of eating on the run, but it’s important to be well nourished so you can start the day on the right foot. After all, we’ve heard it many times before that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Here’s an idea: make your breakfast and store it in a mason jar – and can be prepared the night before and refrigerated, making it easy to transport to work. Try combining oats, granola, quinoa, nuts, seeds, fruits both fresh and dried, and high protein, low sugar yogurts. We love the idea of having a couple jars in the refrigerator to grab on the go or simply take out and eat whenever we’re home and in the mood!

How long does it take for you to get ready in the morning and will you be trying any of these time-saving tips? Let us know in the comments below!

On-Trend Spring-Summer Pieces You Can Wear Right Now

Let’s be honest – as much as we like to study runway trends and predict which ones will be embraced on the street style scene, we’re fully aware that some of them wouldn’t fly in the real world. But there are trends each season that are much easier to wear than others, and we found them for you for the Spring-Summer 2018 season. Not only are these top trends accessible, they’re also going to be everywhere.

Here’s a selection of perfect-for-spring ideas that you can immediately put into your wardrobe rotation…

Pastels

Pastels are a lovely, soft option for warmer temperatures, and are totally au courant.

Whether powder pink, blush, pale lemon or duck egg blue, we’ve seen array of fashion’s most delicate shades this season. But as Victoria Beckham (whose lilac suit is pictured below) said “delicacy can be strong”; this spring trend is a step away from the sickly sweet tones of the past. Check out how it’s being done this season, and see how we do it below:

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Victoria Beckham via Vogue

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Valentino via Vogue

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Hermes via Vogue

If you’re looking for a highstreet staple, our Victoria evening shirt in powder or blush will see you through. The ultimate femme shirt to see you from desk to drinks – don’t forget a dash of red lippy and diamond earrings!

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

Shop the powder Victoria here, and the Victoria in blush here.

Glitz… And lots of it!

Sequins and sparkles are currently MASSIVE – and they’re about to get even bigger and more blinding! In every fashion capital, glitter has prevailed this spring, starting with Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs right through to Dior, and Chanel. Style yours with a neutral shirt to give your glitz a more grounded look and daytime longevity.

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Image via The Fashion Medley

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Bold Colour

This summer will be very bright indeed if the spring catwalks are anything to go by. From New York to Paris, the shows have been awash with vibrant, bold shades to suit every colouring.

 

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MSGM via Vogue

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Phillip Lim via Vogue

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Acne Studios via Vogue

Looking for something bright but practicable? We have options.

Victoria is a sapphire evening blouse; its tiered ruffles elegantly cascade down the front, and the blouson-elasticated cuffs finish with a delicate frill. Elasticated loop mother of pearl buttons are fuss free to fasten, and this beauty is not see through so you won’t have to worry about any unsightly slip-ups!

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

Shop Victoria in sapphire here.

Alternatively, our sleeveless trapeze top Cynthia in hot pink is the perfect elevated essential, with frill trimmed details and a roomy fit. The contrasting high front hemline curves and lengthens at the back for a casual look. Designed with wearability in mind this trapeze shape blouse is loose fitting and the ideal breezy choice for summer. Dress it up with patent ankle boots or keep it low-key with flats.

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The Shirt Company.

Shop the Cynthia in hot pink here.

Checks

It looks as if heritage checks are going nowhere anytime soon. Balenciaga’s runway checks came via oversized coats as seen here, while Victoria Beckham’s had a more traditional appeal.

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Balenciaga via Harper’s Bazaar

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Victoria Beckham via Harper’s Bazaar

Check mates: We suggest matching your checks with clean lines and neutral tones. Pair some high-quality, simple tailoring (our Colleen shirt does a perfect job for this!) with a menswear-inspired blazer (sunglasses optional, but recommended for added cool-factor!).

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The Shirt Company

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Image via The Zoe Report

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Ruffles

Ruffles added a feminine air yet again this season, with Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Valentino all incorporating them in their respective shows. Ruffles are already everywhere on the high-street too, adorning many off-the-shoulder necklines; covering hemlines, sleeves, and even pant legs…

Watch this space: this trend is here to stay.

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Image via Aisle Perfect

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… And from our selection? Coolly chic statement ruffles cut from gorgeously crisp cotton.

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The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

Shop the Suzanna shirt here, the Venice shirt here, and the Virginia shirt here.

Will you be adopting any of these spring trends? Let us know in the comments!

Local, High-Quality Fashion? Here’s Why it Matters

A crisp, white shirt is the building block to any wardrobe. However, it must be an impeccably designed and manufactured. Here, London’s The Shirt Company weighs in on combining a classic, modern aesthetic with a well-made, locally crafted ethic.

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Good style is about a) being comfortable in your own skin and b) getting the details right… Right? That’s why, it’s imperative for The Shirt Company to have a wardrobe full of well-made staples.

And well-made is something that is often synonymous with smaller (and local) fashion brands. London fashion designer Mimi Berry recently told The Guardian that “it shows a certain intelligence to be confident about the provenance of your wardrobe.”

Why? Well, there’s a level of care from smaller brands that is often overlooked in the greater fashion industry. It is always possible to tell when someone cares about what they’re making. And one reason we look for that level of care is because we think for someone to make something that’s going to last, there is undoubtedly an amount of love as well as skill that goes into that.

At The Shirt Company, we’re firm believers that there is a certain pleasure in recognising something that has been well made. Good design is about using materials that are fit for purpose. The product has to be aesthetically pleasing, has to be functional – and if it has extra character to it, too, well, then that’s something else.

“I think it shows a certain intelligence to be confident about the provenance of your wardrobe.”

– Mimi Berry, London fashion designer.

Hand in hand with good manufacture is having an edited approach to dressing. We like to have only a few clothes in the wardrobe that we wear and wear… Prime example? A classic, well-tailored white shirt that can do you for any occasion.

Persuading people to this “good quality, locally-made staples” viewpoint isn’t hard when you can actually get people to experience good design. Experiencing something that has worn well in a good quality material that gets better with age, that makes you feel fond of it. It’s like getting to know a person you really like – you don’t just dispense with them.

What are your thoughts on buying high-quality fashion pieces from UK brands? Let us know in the comments!

April Showers: How to Style Out a Rainy Spring Day

These foolproof rainy day fashion tips prove that – whatever the weather – style is 100% waterproof.

Whatever you do, don’t rain on your wardrobe’s parade. The weather might have turned from snow to rain (is this the slowest ever start to summer or what!?), but when it comes to dressing for drizzle, there’s zero need to be gloomy. While spending hours sheltered indoors, we’ve been devoting much effort to trawling rain-friendly collections to get you through the coming weeks.

Yep, the rainy days are here in many parts of the country, but we live in Britain, which means that we don’t let a light drizzle (or a downpour!) dampen our spirits and send our morning dressing routine into mad frenzy! From the anoraks you need to the cardigans you crave; consult our round-up of fashion essentials that are guaranteed to see you through the April showers and brighten up a rainy day…

Without further ado, here are The Shirt Company’s top tips for braving the British springtime in style.

Rain-Proof Trenchcoats

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Image: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

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Image: Jonathan Daniel Pryce

You don’t have to wait for April showers to sport this humble trend. Luckily, the classic trench has been making a comeback of late, from Vetements’ supersize version and Burberry’s signature military-style coat.

Waterproof wise, the likes of Saint Laurent and Prada are firmly back on our radars and in our wardrobes – and this season’s offerings are by no means just about keeping dry. We’ve seen dozens of them on the catwalk and high street that just scream fashion-forward, including patent-leather trenches, gingham trenches, and everything in between!

Viva La Vivid Hues

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Image: Spanish Vogue

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Image: Chi City Fashion

What better way to brighten a dull, drizzly day than with show-stopping flashes of mood-boosting hues? (We’ve already declared our love for the hot pink takeover, which you can read all about here.)

From a striking pair of leather pants paired with a minimal white shirt to suit the spring temperatures, to a fabulously lavender overcoat paired with metallic boots – forget the rain and chase the rainbow with this joyous style inspiration.

Make Cardigans Cool Again

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Image: Stockholm Street Style

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Image: Fashion Gum

We have to admit: We were a bit skeptical when we noticed cardigans slipping into the Spring 2018 collections. But we love how they’re being styled this season and embrace anything that keeps us warm and dry… Unpredictable showers? A cardigan has you covered!

Once reserved for librarians, the self-effacing cardigan has been revitalised for spring. Perfect for keeping you covered in spontaneous streams of rain, this season’s cardigans don’t shy away from attention, they demand it. Long, minimal knits are perfect for those ladies in love with cozy layers, giving you a more individual look, and keeping you more sophisticated and creative.

Weatherproof Your Accessories!

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Image: Le 21eme

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Image: Glam Radar

Whether it’s a waterproof clutch, a pair of vinyl boots, or just a trusty old umbrella, accessories are the first to come in contact with the elements – so it’s a no brainer that your choices in this department need to endure the rainy spring days.

Look for accessories in faux leather or coated fabrics that repel water, always carry your Brolly (we love these Blunt umbrellas which also withstand the wind), and – if you really can’t bring yourself to do Wellington boots on the commute to work – then invest in some block heels or flatforms which will give you the added boost to keep your feet dry.

Hot Pink Is Here to Woo You: Here’s How to Embrace the Trend

Repositioning itself as the go-to hue of the season, hot pink is most definitely in.

Photo: Imaxtree via The Fashion Spot

Photo: Imaxtree via The Fashion Spot

An overabundance of loud, bright colours was the biggest story to come out of New York Fashion Week this year (I know, it was a shock for us minimalists, too), but it was the range of hot pinks on the runway that really grabbed our attention. Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang and Ulla Johnson were among the designers with pops of the vibrant hue in the mix.

For some of us, pink has been a shade reminiscent of romance and gentle femininity – a quiet and peaceful tone that engenders an aura of innocence and purity… But not for much longer!

This season, the colour is a far cry from the soft Millennial pink that we’ve all loved and lived in for the past couple of years (some say it was a trend that started with Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel, others say it was the rose gold iPhone that did it).

Photo: Imaxtree via The Fashion Spot

Photo: Imaxtree via The Fashion Spot

That’s right – the biggest colour trend on catwalks right now is the hot pink one that you’re glimpsing before you, and if fashion tells us anything it’s that colour trends like this can last for years. So, like it or lump it, you’d better get used to seeing this colour on your high street.

Why designers’ sudden interest hot pink? Vogue editor Ann Wintour is convinced that it’s all down to 80s fashion.“That’s the moment when women first emerged in a real way into the workforce and they dominated with their big shoulders and bright colours,” she explains. Apparently in 2018, hot pink overload is designers’ way of saying making a political statement and saying “Time’s up!”

If there’s one colour you need on your radar this season, it’s this one. So no more excuses about hot pink clashing with your skin, or empty fears about wearing this colour to work! We’ve heard it all before and come up with these handy hints for the hot pink takeover, just to get you started… Enjoy!

Start Subtle

Instead of thinking of hot pink as the main event in your ensemble, try using it as a subtle accent to complement other shades…

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Photo: The Standard

If bright colour isn’t the norm in your wardrobe (we’re often found in minimal monochromes, too!) and you’re freaking out already at the thought of having to wear THE BRIGHTEST COLOUR known to womankind, then a good way to incorporate this look is to start subtle.

Paint your nails, put a little colour on your lips, or add a bright belt to your everyday outfit. Alternatively, take  it up a notch by adding a pop of hot pink with a bright scarf or a new handbag (we’re slightly obsessed with the Michael Kors hot pink Selma).

Embrace the Ruffle

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The Shirt Company

It’s a match made in heaven: hot pink and ruffles. That’s right, hot pink wasn’t the only thing seen everywhere at NYFW, oh no: The spring catwalks have been seen cascading with ruffles this year – a fabulous answer to all the long, smooth silhouettes we enjoyed last season. After all, as Balenciaga said, “a ruffle must be intelligent”.

Well, if there’s an intelligent ruffle to be seen around here, it’s the one cascading down the front of our Victoria blouse. Hot pink tiered ruffles to up your style game in a flash, and blouson-elasticated cuffs finish with a delicate frill. She’s the ultimate feminine shirt and will see you from work place to wine bar – don’t forget a dash of lippy and diamond earrings!

Click here to shop our hot pink Victoria shirt.

A Menswear-Inspired Masterpiece?

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If you’re worried about veering into Barbie territory with the hot pink trend, take note: mixing this tone with some menswear-inspired pieces will allow you to air on the side of caution while making an adventurous fashion statement nonetheless.

Even the most feminine of pieces becomes more edgy with the addition of a few well-placed menswear accents. A fitted coat or tailored trousers, for example, do wonders for an otherwise girly ensemble by toning down a hot pink piece.

Pick the Right Shade for Your Skin

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Photo: Global Grind

The first step to rethinking pink is to find your perfect shade, which will of course depend on your colouring.

And, while it’s often best worn when your bronzed or have naturally darker skin, because shades like hot pink come with a kick, it’s guaranteed to suit pale complexions too!

Pay Attention to Tailoring

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Nearly any piece of clothing can be made to look chic (even the trickier colours to pull off) if it’s tailored with talent, uses good quality fabric, and is cut to perfection.

So if you’re going for a hot pink number, make absolutely sure it’s fitted and cut to flatter your body. Anything overly voluminous or fluffy could result in fashion flop, but a sleek shirt or minidress reads both professional and stylish.

Go Sleeveless

The Shirt Company

The Shirt Company

Nothing says easy-breezy effortless summer trend than a sleeveless cotton shirt in this bold hue. Our Cynthia shirt is an elevated essential – the perfect fashion-forward shirt with cool-girl femininity all rolled into one.

Cynthia is embellished with frill trimmed details and a contrasting high front hemline that curves and lengthens at the back. Designed with chic wearability and comfort in mind, this loose fitting trapeze shape blouse is the ideal choice for summer.

Dress it up with patent ankle boots or keep it casual with flats. But most importantly, get a Cynthia in hot pink for yourself before they sell out! Click here to shop Cynthia in hot pink.

Embrace the Dark(er) Side

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Black and navy blue add-ons will keep hot pink from being too girly.

It may seem obvious, but toning down a pink piece with black or navy gives an ensemble an extra professional tone. If your office dress code is on the stricter side, combine a hot pink shirt with a black jacket, and you’re well within the limits of respectable, formal dress.

So, have we sold the hot pink trend to you? Let us know by dropping us a comment below!

 

Fashionistas Take Note: New York Fashion Week’s Best Bits, According to The Shirt Company

What a week!

New York Fashion Week 2018 has come to a close. Yep, we’re sad too. Not only did the biggest names in fashion from around the world attend, this year’s NYFW was awash with grown-up animal prints, hot pink, gorgeous tailoring, and quirky suits – all of which we’re quite partial too when they’re done right (and by right, we generally mean with a soupçon of minimalism).

There was once a time when New York Fashion Week was solely about the threads. This year, however, there were some bigger questions on our mind, especially around the allegations against fashion bigwigs Mario Testing and Bruce Weber and whether the fashion industry’s #MeToo moment would take over…

It didn’t, unfortunately, and only a handful of designers even approached the subject of sexual misconduct. Still, with New York Fashion Week officially over, it’s time to look back at the most breathtaking looks that we can’t stop thinking about and to make sure we’re keeping ahead of fashion’s capricious tastes.

So, without further ado, feast your eyes on this fashion show finery and get ready to see some high street interpretations of it all any day now…

Carolina Herrera’s Final Show

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Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv via Vogue

Carolina Herrera’s 2018 collection was her last. It ended on a high with an array of gorgeous catwalk models in Herrera’s timeless, signature item: a classic white shirt (this time with some added colour in the form of a luxurious ball skirt). What better way for the fashion designer to depart with in the presence of New York’s most glamorous, best-dressed spectators!

Gurung’s Colourful Political Catwalk

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After the flurry of social media campaigns encouraging victims of sexual misconduct to speak out under #MeToo and Hollywood stars responding with #TimesUp, which saw attendees wearing all black at this year’s Golden Globes, we thought we’d see more of this on the runways at New York Fashion Week.

But aside from a couple of labels, the runways remained almost entirely apathetic. Prabal Gurung, however, sprang to our attention with his colourful collection which culminated on the catwalk with the models walking together holding white roses. Well overdue and more than welcomed – with any luck NYFW will be more “woke” about speaking to issues of femininity and empowerment next year.

A Dazzling Array of Office-Worthy Suits

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Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

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Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

Okay, so we wouldn’t necessarily style them like in these snaps (not too sure what the boss would say about us wearing only a sheer blouse underneath our two-piece, but we’d assume it could get awkward…) but judging by NYFW 2018, suits are back with a BANG!

We all love our favourite suit, but this season’s structural updates add a fashion-forward twist on an old classic – the easy way to make a statement. Take note, ladies…

Hot Pink

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Photo: Real Style Network

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Photo: Imaxtree via Cosmopolitan

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Photo: Getty via AOL

Could this be the official death of millennial pink? It’s clear to see that designers are betting on its bright cousin hot pink for AW 2018. From silk dresses to loose trousers, this shade dominated the runways. And you’re about to see the fun hue in every shop in England come autumn.

Cushnie et Ochs (pictured above middle), Ulla Johnson, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung and Christian Siriano all got involved. Basically, Siriano’s entire autumn collection touched upon hot pink, as did Anna Sui’s.

If you’re already apprehensive about the oncoming hot pink trend (trust us, it’s going to be HUGE) then don’t go head-to-toe fuscia like these catwalk models. Instead, try black add-ons to keep fuchsia from being too girly, or pair your hot pink pants (like these Cushnie ones above) with a crisp white shirt to keep things minimal and slightly more muted.

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Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

We particularly love this look from Rosie Assoulin’s Fall 2018 collection, on show at this year’s New York Fashion Week, because at The Shirt Company we a) recognise the power of a jaw-dropping white shirt, and b) understand the importance of detail.

Rosie Assoulin is known for voluminous, rainbow-striped statement pieces you can see from a mile away, but to find the real magic in her clothes, you have to zoom in.

Animal Print

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Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

Animal print was EVUH-REE-WHERE this year (particularly in the form of coats), from Adam Selman’s zebra print, to Tom Ford’s leopard print, to Kate Spade’s cow print, to this particularly lovely Michael Kors number, expertly modelled by what looks like the dreamy love child of Kate Moss and Julia Stiles.

If animal print has never really been your thang, why not try taming the beast and going all-out uncomplicated? Just keep things simple by chanting the mantra “clean, effortless minimalism” – and banish all thought of badly dressed soap opera characters from your mind, thank you very much. Make sure your accessories are basic, your paired clothing garments are monochrome, and your makeup is barely there… You can’t go wrong.

Did you have a favourite trend from this year’s New York Fashion Week? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Poached Winter Pears: The Perfect Dinner Party Dessert

Poached pears still reign as one of the easiest, most delicious desserts that tastes as luscious as they look.

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Image via The Guardian

Poached pears, so elegant and refined, are also our idea of a party trick. They feel fancy but are the dinner hostess’ dream dessert. They cook ahead of time and hold perfectly in the fridge until they are wanted. And while they are cooking they perfume the house so sweetly. What more could you want in a winter pud!?

What we also love about poached pears is that the flavour base is really up to you – you can poach in juice or wine, and add any flavours you like, along with some sugar or honey to sweeten it up. For example, try orange juice with honey and ginger. Serve with mascarpone or creme fraiche, or coconut yoghurt for a great dairy free option!

The perfect poached pears really do exist, and here’s our favourite (and easy!) recipe, courtesy of The Guardian.

The Perfect Poached Pears

(serves 4)

1 x 750ml bottle of soft, fruity red wine
125g granulated sugar
2 cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 strip of lemon zest
1 vanilla pod, split (optional)
4 hard, squat pears, preferably comice or williams
Creme de cassis or lemon juice to taste

Heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4. Put the wine in a pan with the sugar, spices and zest and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

Meanwhile, peel the pears and cut out the core at the base, but leave the stalk intact. Find an ovenproof dish just wide enough to hold the pears in one layer and lay them in there.

Pour the spiced wine over the top – it should just cover the fruit – and cover. Bake for about an hour, checking after 45 minutes; once the fruit is tender to the point of a knife, but still holds its shape, lift it out of the liquid and set aside.

Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce by about half until syrupy, then taste and pour in the creme de cassis or add lemon juice to taste (if the latter, you may wish to add a little sugar too). Pour the sauce back on to the pears and serve warm or cool with your side of choice…

It’s that easy! Will you be trying out this winter dessert recipe on any of your dinner party guests? Let us know in the comment section below!

Image via The Guardian

Image via The Guardian

10 Best Dressed from the Grammys Red Carpet

There is no bigger night in the music world than the Grammy Awards, ensuring that the industry’s finest are perennially out in force. This year saw many belles of the ball – arriving in everything from double-breasted suits to sheer sequinned gowns.

The 2018 Grammys was swarming with the biggest names in music and Hollywood alike. But perhaps the most pressing question: What will they be wearing? We chronicled the best of the gala, with a few surprising trends and many lovely frocks to boot. So, without further ado, here are The Shirt Company’s 10 favourite looks from the glamorous red carpet awards show.

Miley Cyrus

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Image via Marie Claire

It’s a far cry from being extra provocative and creating a ruckus on stage with a giant foam finger… We love Miley’s grown-up new monochrome look – and the genius fresh accessory!

Chrissy Teigen

Image via Vanity Fair

Image via Vanity Fair

It’s not subtle, but what can we say… Teigen literally glows in draped silver sequins!

Kristin Cavallari

Image via Marie Claire

Image via Marie Claire

We love, love, LOVE the clean lines and sculpted simplicity of Kristin’s Alex Perry number. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is no more versatile alternative to crisp, classic white!

Anna Kendrick

Image via Hollywood Life

Image via Hollywood Life

When everyone else is donning their finest gowns, the best way to stand out is to mix it up with a chic two piece! From Balmain’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Anna’s double breasted suit is paired with a lacy, corset style top and a pair of pink pumps.

Camila Cabello

Image via Pop Sugar

Image via Pop Sugar

Technically speaking, hardly anyone wore red on the Grammys red carpet this year (maybe they were worried about blending in!) — but even if they had, we’d be giving Camila props for this… Sexy, romantic, and timeless.

Kelly Clarkson

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Image via Pop Sugar

Did somebody say ornate!? This year, Kelly’s had Christian Siriano cloaking her lovingly in custom black-and-gold, which has made her shine even more brightly than usual.

Eve

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Image via Fashionista

This stunning two-piece teamed with a bit of bling is the update that the suit needs right now. It reads fresh rather than ladies-who-lunch, and is the perfect way to make a glitzy awards show entrance.

SZA

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Nominated for Best New Artist (along with four other awards), SZA looked stunning at her first-ever Grammy red carpet tonight… I mean, a sheer sequinned gown can’t really go down badly on a red carpet, can it?

Lana Del Rey

Image via Pop Sugar

Image via Pop Sugar

Looking every inch the musical sensation, Lana oozes glamour in her 70s vintage-inspired gown and silver star halo. The matching silver heels haven’t gone unnoticed, either.

Beyoncé

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Image via Bellanaija

Queen Bey skipped out on the red carpet but stunned in the seats with daughter Blue Ivy and partner Jay-Z in tow. Sasha Fierce sported an aptly fiery 1940s style femme fatale look complete with a statement hat and stylish sunnies.

 

Do you have a favourite outfit from this year’s Grammys? Drop us a comment below and let us know!

8 New Year Style Resolutions that You Won’t Want to Break

Listen up, ladies: Resolutions don’t have to be those awful things you make with a bad bubbly hangover on New Year’s Day, only to be forgotten about and/or broken by the 2nd January year after year…

When it comes to your look, committing to some new resolutions can help revive your sense of style je ne sais quoi. As we enter into 2018, it’s a good idea to put our best feet forward – and project the best sense of ourselves to the world. That entails – as much as anything else – making style intentions that best reflect where we want to go in the new year.

So lets start brightening up our wardrobes and bucking up our ideas, shall we? Whether we’re cutting down on silly spending, perfecting pared-back simplicity, or just taking care of our nails, these 8 style resolution ideas are bound to help you look and feel fabulous in 2018.

Perfect Your Go-To Outfit

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Image via Bloglovin’

When work gets hectic and your social life even more so, make it easy on yourself and have an outfit that is easy to throw on and effortlessly chic. Building on staples with simple, glamorous items (like a pair of timeless stilettos or a classic clutch), and you’ll feel anything but basic.

Each item of clothing should be something that you feel beautiful in and can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on how you style it.


 

Choose Comfy Clothing

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Image via Pinterest

Ask any modern woman and they might well tell you that one of 2017’s bad habits has been an obsession with social media. We are hereby resolved to devote our 2018 leisure time, each and every day, to read a good book in the comfort of our own home, far away from any screens…

So let’s hope 2018 brings many a mohair sweater and lots of pairs of woolly socks!


Polish Up

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Image via The Beauty Bean

Fashion’s love affair with nails shows no sign of growing old in 2018, so experiment with new looks from the reverse French manicure to classic shades in matte finishes (the brighter the shade the better for us, in the murky winter months!).


Go Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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Image via Pinterest

Trends for 2018 are full of easy options. If you’re feeling uninspired, go for a new trend that you’ve never been brave enough to try out – like fringed handbags, a big-buckled shoes, or that metallic statement skirt.

There’s nothing wrong with branching out into sophisticated trend dressing – as long as you keep some of your outfit minimal. In fact, embracing some “scary” trends allows you to breathe life into your reliable old staples, like the versatile white shirt.


Find a Dry Cleaner That You Trust

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We’ve all been on the receiving end of a dry cleaning horror show – and it’s far from fun.

If you track down a dry cleaner that you trust, you’ll be more encouraged to buy good quality staples for your 2018 wardrobe – and you can guarantee they’ll come back the same size as when you dropped them off…

If you love a piece of special clothing, treat it well – it’s as simple as that!


Accessorize Your Ears

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Image via All The Pretty Birds

This is the year to invest in conversation-starting jewellery. Wearing something imaginative and colourful is bound to open you up to vast style possibilities and can be worn anywhere, from desk to dusk!

Also: who doesn’t like sparkles!?


Perfect Pared-Back Simplicity

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Image via Pinterest

Often, our New Year’s fashion resolution is to perfect a profoundly minimal wardrobe: We want to stop spending money on trends that will look dated in just a few months and instead focus on seeking out high-quality staples that we can wear until next New Year – and beyond.

Learning what works for us and sticking to it will save money in the long-term and investing in classic pieces (like a decent white shirt) will give you something fresh and versatile to wear all year round… And nobody ever said that means skimping on glamour!


Shop Ahead

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Image via Pinterest

Buy things before you desperately need them! If you’re the person who only thinks to buy a winter coat once the temperature is already below freezing, and who attempts to wear woolly jumpers in July because she refuses to buy summer clothes, then now is the time for change!

A little foresight never hurt anyone…

Our 5 Favourite Meghan Markle White Shirt Moments

00-promo-image-prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-holding-handsPrince Harry’s new fiancée Meghan has ah-maaazing fashion sense. It’s clean, it’s sharp, and we don’t see it as just following gratuitous fashion trends; we love the concept of her wearing a white shirt and jeans with flats and a beautiful statement bag – she’s all about the understatement!

Markle was discovered by a talent manager while working for the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, and she’s passionate about women’s rights. And most notably for our current purposes, she’s developed a distinctively personal celeb style. Meghan, with her a well-documented love of classic-with-a-twist, seems on the cusp of starting a few trends of her own…

Since being thrown into the limelight after appearing by the Prince’s side in 2016, the Suits star has been photographed a number of times wearing envy-inducing The Shirt Company-esque outfits. And with effortless elegance and the ability to look sensational whether dressed in ballgowns or jeans, this lady has a sense of white shirt style we’re very keen to learn from!

So without further ado, here we take a look at some of our favourite royal fiancée’s 5 most fab white shirt outfits…

1. Crisp white shirt and statement skirt

Image via Vogue UK

Image via Vogue UK

Keep it simple, with a statement twist! No fuss to be seen here…

2. Classic tailoring with a feminine bent

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Image via Vogue UK

 

Markle has shown herself able to balance the worlds of sexy and stately within her wardrobe – this suit-shorts combo with a pair of flattering heels just proves it!

3. All white workwear

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Meg doesn’t shy away from white on white – so why should we? It’s chic, interesting, and makes a statement in its simplicity… Way to go, Meg!

4. Holiday chic

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White shirt, distressed denim, minimal leather sandals…  The ultimate holiday staples. And the best part of looking good in all of this? Comfort.

5. Modern nautical

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The nautical trend is one of our personal faves. It’s always crisp and clean, but in order to keep it fresh, opt for pieces that feature graphic stripes and strong silhouettes. Ground your look with a neutral white shirt.

Which one of Meghan’s white shirt moments is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below – and visit The Shirt Company for more white shirt inspiration!