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

Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigital.tv via Vogue

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

Photo: Imaxtree via Fashionista

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.

Rosie Assoulin

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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!

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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

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Image via Vanity Fair

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

Kristin Cavallari

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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!

Big is Beautiful Too: 7 Crucial Style Tips for the Curvaceous Woman

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Image: Vogue UK

While society has had an unhealthy obsession with skinniness for far too long, the tables are turning and we’re now seeing a widespread glorification of curvy women. So how should the shapely girl be dressing?

For decades, counting calories has been a normal part of a western woman’s way of life. Lately, however, a lot of us have realised that the extra pounds don’t really matter, and we’ve slowly but surely shifted the focus from what we look like on the outside – and how many pounds we’ve gained since eating that last choccy digestive – to making sure that we’re healthy and happy on the inside, too.

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Image: Evening Standard

European countries such as Italy (Vogue) and France (Elle) have put curvier models on their covers for years without any fuss, whereas in the UK it’s always felt like a bigger deal. Why? Well, firstly, there is still some stigma attached to plus size women here – who are still sometimes demonised by the media – and secondly, it is harder to style plus-size, so maybe most magazines just can’t do it (now there’s a challenge for them!).

However, earlier this year, British Vogue put Ashley Graham (left), a plus-size model, on its cover – a fashion first. And now we’ve reached a point where people are starting to parade larger bodies on the runway. There’s also a whole host of fashion brands swooping in and showing the everyday woman that her body is beautiful, even if only a different kind.

Now, Britain’s streets are full of what the fashion industry labels “plus-size women,” who are actually averagely-sized and perfectly-formed women. And, at The Shirt Company we’re providing those beautiful curvy ladies with a way to feel confident in their own skin – exactly as they should.

So, without further ado, here are some fantastic ways that you can celebrate the splendor of a curvy body by dressing right!

1. Get Your Bra Right

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Let’s start with the basics… The undergarments you wear have a huuuge effect on how your clothes fit – trust us.

Even the most fabulous outfit will not work with your easiest of shirts if your bra is too large or small. Ladies, listen up: always wear the right size over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder!

When your bras fit you well, they provide you with enough coverage and prevent the those annoying unsightly bumps – and instant support equals instant confidence. Supportive and reinforced underwear is available pretty much everywhere these days, helping you to create a firmer, seamless appearance. So make the most of this supportive confidence-boost and get a good-fitting bra!

Shop the Abigail shirt in white here.

2. Wear Clothes that Make You Feel Good

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 18.42.33A lot of curvaceous and plus-sized women follow one styling rule: COVER THE BELLY. But a lot of the time, this results in wearing horrifically unflattering outfits… Not exactly a recipe for feeling good about yourself, right?

On top of this, shape wear can often over-promise and under-deliver – your supposedly high-waisted jeans won’t actually make you look like an hourglass bombshell and instead they’ll end up creating lumps where there aren’t any. So rather than focusing on hiding your bad bits, find clothes that make you happy!

The Laura shirt lets you embrace “ooh-la-la” It-Girl style with its modern bell sleeves and an elegant V-neck. Expertly tailored, this style fits comfortably across the bust and draws in at the small of the back to create flattering silhouette. The modern bustle finishes the look with artful detail. For ultimate chic pair with a tailored skirt and minimal heels or dress it down with light denim jeans and your cutest flats.

Shop the Laura shirt in baby blue here.

 

3. Brighten Up Your Wardrobe

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Darker hues usually tone down features while brighter ones bring them out. But although black is commonly believed to be the best choice for making you look slimmer and disguising those bits you don’t love about yourself, whatever you do – don’t restrict yourself to black outfits!

At The Shirt Company we get that the most important aspects of a flattering outfit are the cut, the tailoring, and the design. Plus-sized garments don’t have to be dull, drab, or limited. Experiment with a variety of hues and brighten up your wardrobe with colours that work well with your skin tone.

Now available in red, the elegant Victoria blouse is vibrant, versatile and very chic – the ultimate feminine shirt that will see you from desk to drinks… Don’t forget a dash of red lippy and diamond earrings!

Shop the Victoria shirt in red here.

4. Find Clothes that Flatter Your Shape

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Not all curvy girls are the same… Perhaps you’ve got a voluptuous hourglass figure, or you’re more of a diamond, an oval, or even an inverted triangle. We’re all different and we all need to embrace our curves – and for them to be embraced! Whatever your shape, find styles that flatter you.

For those of you with paunches on the front (yep, we’ve all been there), our best-selling Isabella is a showstopper – the perfect party top for all body shapes and sizes. With tiered ruffles at the neckline and stylish cuffs, this dressy evening shirt is undeniably feminine. French seams combined with silver and diamante buttons add the finishing touches to this lovely blouse. Offset the volume of the ruffles by pairing this shirt with a tailored pencil skirt.

Shop the Isabella shirt in white here.

5. Don’t Hide from the Humps

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Wearing oversized clothes aimed at camouflaging your bulgy bits can actually make you look bigger than you are. By embracing your curves, you’ll find that clothes are actually more flattering. Enter: the Abigail wrap shirt!

Flattering on most figures and great on a bigger bust, our stylish Abigail shirt encompasses femininity with its shaped 3/4 sleeves and cross-over front. The tie nips in the waist and finishes with a generous, statement bow which draws the eye.

The clean, neutral Navy – perfect for autumn outfits and pairing with white, camels, and golds – will effortlessly update your wardrobe.

Shop the Abigail shirt in navy blue here.

6. Know Your Textiles

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Knowing what fabrics you like (and which fabrics you don’t) will make buying new clothes a whooole lot easier.

You’ll know what is flattering for your body type – and what hangs right on you – and this will make your shopping experience ten times better in store and online.

The tiered ruffles of our Victoria shirt are a prime example of beautiful textile used expertly. The Italian fabric cascades elegantly down the front of the blouse, providing a soft, striking detail, while the elasticated cuffs are finished with a delicate frill.
What’s more, this beauty isn’t see through, so you’ll feel extra confident while wearing your Victoria out and about!

Shop the Victoria shirt in emerald green here.

7. Don’t Skimp on Tailoring

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Good tailoring is essential when it comes to those small thnigs that have a huge impact on the way that your clothes fit. It can be the difference between an outfit looking frumpy and sloppy, or totally put together.

Inspired by a 1950’s silhouette, the Barbara shirt is a modern tailored classic with a nipped-in waist side gathering and a bow detail and a funnel collar. A feminine shirt, this timeless piece is beautiful paired with your fave jeans or a pencil skirt and pumps, while being 
roomy across the bust and fastening with an invisible side zipper.

Shop the Barbara shirt in black here.

What do you ladies think of our selection for the curvacious woman? Is plus-size fashion finally beginning to get the recognition it deserves? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Psst! Guess What? White is Alright… Even in Autumn

We all know that wearing white in the summer makes sense – there’s just something about the clean and crisp look set against those summer tans and sunny highlights. And after all, those of you living in sunnier climes (outside of London, no doubt) have known for centuries that white clothing seems to keep you a little bit cooler…

But wearing white only during the summer? That seems like a big no-no on our watch. In the old days of strict fashion rules, when black was only for funerals and stripes were for sailors, wearing white into the autumnal months was a crime against fashion… But the official end of summer is already a downer — do we really need to make it worse by limiting our  outfits because of some old fuddy-duddy statement?

I mean, even Coco Chanel wore white year-round… Let’s not be so tethered by fashion rules, unlike the effortlessly chic European women we constantly look to inspiration for! Create your own rules, and you’ll inspire others to do the same.

However, there’s some truth in claim that it can be hard to wear white in autumn – it can be tricky especially when everyone else is wearing dark colours. Thankfully, we’ve come up with our own favourite ways to incorporate bright, timeless white into your autumn wardrobe. So take these tips on board and get on the blanc bandwagon!

A White Sweater

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When the temperatures dip on an autumnal night, or during those crisp early mornings, a chunky cableknit or merino sweater is the perfect thing to ward off the chill. Plus, as the weather gets colder, it’ll work great as a layering piece.

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White Trainers

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Image: Size Curvy

Clean, functional, and bold: The truth is, we live in a world where white sneakers are a go-to year round. After all, nothing makes an outfit pop like this minimalist classic.

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A Classic White Shirt

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No explanation required. Check out our selection over at theshirtcompany.com and find your favourite!

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A White Handbag

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If you’re not totally on board the white womenswear wagon just yet, a white bag is a subtle way to include the shade and brighten things up a bit!

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A White Shirt with a Twist

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If you’re already stocked on oxford shirts, a statement shirt that packs a punch goes a long, long way. Inspired by the looks above? Shop our favourite pussy bow shirt here, our best bell sleeve shirt here, and our fabulous ruffle sleeve shirt here.

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White Jeans

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While they may not be great during the thick of winter (especially when it’s raining and the hems get dirty super-quick) on drier days, white jeans are a perfect option. The trick is  to pair them with more autumnal hues – like a rust or camel cashmere crewneck sweater or a long navy coat – instead of your traditional summer pastels.

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Pull it off and a white jacket is your key to owning the street!

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So tell us, ladies – which one of these whitespirations are you most likely to incorporate into your autumn wardrobe? Do you love them all, or are there some looks you wouldn’t be seen dead in? Drop us a comment below and let us know. And don’t forget to check out our collection of beautiful white shirts over at The Shirt Company!

Autumn’s Biggest Trend… And What You Can Do About It

Bows, bows, bows! If you’ve been paying any attention to fashion the last couple of months, you know that bows are in and they’re ruling the runways and the streets in a major way.

Bows have long been a marker of youthful femininity – we all remember wearing bows to a pre-school friend’s birthday party, right? But a run-through of this season’s runways showed that bows aren’t just for little girls anymore. Silky bows have been made sultry, and strong silhouettes have been embellished with large minimalistic bows.

Outside of the runways, the street-style scene proved that this chic trend is not only here to stay, but wearable as well. So, before you go running in the other direction, take note: this fad is actually quite easy to wear…

First, when wearing a tie neck blouse, keep the rest of your outfit simple, so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a costume. To see how it’s done right, check out how these stylish ladies are rocking the trend below, then shop some of our favourite styles further down the page…

Pussy bow shirts are the epitome of styling nonchalance. Wear them open (read: unfussy)… 

 

Photo: Daniela Avakian

Photo: Daniela Avakian

Or wear them in a neat bow (prim and perfect).

Photo: Style du Monde

Photo: Style du Monde

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

 

To update the bow shirt fashion this autumn, pair with frayed jeans or a statement overcoat.

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

 

Remember – navy blue is never a no.

Photo: PopSugar

Photo: PopSugar

 

And a striped blouse will take the place of a workwear Oxford any day.

Photo: Elle

Photo: Elle

 

When comfort is key, tuck your bow shirt into a pair of slacks and pair with loafers. If the French can do it, you can too!

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And definitely don’t be afraid to experiment with bold styles and colour!

Photo: Man Repeller

Photo: Man Repeller

 

Wondering how you can incorporate these styles into your wardrobe without looking like a seven year old? Shop some of our bow shirt favourites for autumn:

The Michaela in White

Gorgeous, classic and versatile, this workwear or party appropriate shirt adds a twist to the classic white shirt with a high neck-line and pussy bow front. Shop the Michaela shirt here.

The Barbara in Black

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Inspired by a 1950’s silhouette this modern classic shirt has a nipped-in waist side gathering with a bow detail and a funnel collar. Shop the Barbara shirt here.

The Abigail in Sand

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Our best selling shirt encompasses femininity with its crossover bow front. Now in muted sand, this stunning shirt will effortlessly update your wardrobe. Shop the Abigail shirt here.

The Abigail in Navy

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Navy blue is the French woman’s secret style weapon and one trend that’s currently happening in fashion. Shop our navy Abigail shirt, here.

The Abigail in Blue & White Stripes

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Classic blue and white stripes are NEVER a bad idea, especially when paired with a waist-clinching tie and a generous side bow. Shop the Abigail striped shirt here.

The Freya in Ivory

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A beautiful Chloé-esque blouse, the Freya shirt embodies easy glamour with the drop pussy bow and mother of pearl buttons. Shop the Freya shirt here.

For more glorious styles, head over to our website.

Our unexpected seasonal favourite (…or, why you should be wearing navy blue)

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Image via Pinterest

Navy blue is the French woman’s secret style weapon and one trend that’s currently happening in fashion… And one of the things we love most about navy is how crisp and confident it is. You can wear it alone or with numerous other colours and it always stands tall and remains an elegant backdrop or centerpiece alike. While grey, black and white are totally on-trend, navy is a hue that works beautifully on its own and with other colours.

In general, most of us wear less navy than we do black. Yet it’s chic, minimal and timeless, and its hue frequently tends to flatter people more so than black. In fact, Jane Shepherdson, CEO of Whistles, said in an interview with The Guardian that:

When I see someone in navy, I think they are sophisticated, effortless, not trying too hard but with an innate sense of style…

Want to be a picture of elegance? Then take Shepherdson’s lesson in chic sophistication!

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Image via Pinterest

Seriously, though. Not having any black in your wardrobe is forgiveable… It’s a classic, timeless neutral (we’ll always love it!), but it can be draining and harsh for some complexions. Similarly, a wardrobe without pink, or green, or blue can be expected… We’ve all got our preferred shades, after all. But a wardobe without navy blue is a mystery indeed: Coco Chanel loved it… So why shouldn’t we!?

Not only is navy a mega flattering shade, it’s also a fantastic alternative to black, which so many know and love. It couldn’t look better with paired-back camels, crisp whites, or millenial pinks. It’s demure, versatile and hugely underrated… Which is why, over her at The Shirt Company, we’re championing its comeback in a big way.

Our unexpected seasonal favourite hue has arrived in style at our London headquarters in two of our most gorgeous styles. Now in navy blue, the best-selling stylish Abigail encompasses femininity with its shaped 3/4 sleeves and cross over front.

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Flattering on most figures and great on a bust.  The tie clinches in the waist and finishes with a generous bow. And pssst! Since we heard you wondering… Yes, navy and black is a thing now. It can be done, ladies – and it’s far from rebellious in our book!

Shop the navy Abigail here.

Alternatively, take a contemporary twist on Victoriana with our aptly named Victoria shirt. Now available in navy, this elegant blouse is vibrant, versatile and oh-so-chic. Tiered ruffles elegantly cascade down the front and the blouson-elasticated cuffs finish with a delicate frill, and elasticated loop mother of pearl buttons are fuss free to fasten.vic

Victoria is the ultimate feminine shirt and will see you from desk to drinks – don’t forget a dash of red lippy and diamond earrings!

Shop the navy Victoria here.

Changing the way we think about aging… For good.

Photo: Juergen Teller, Courtesy of Céline

Photo: Juergen Teller, Courtesy of Céline

Coco Chanel once quipped that “after 40 nobody is young, but one can be irresistible at any age.” But, until recently, we weren’t seeing anyone with delicate wrinkles appearing in the media… And certainly no celebration of the fact that older women are cool too. It was almost as if our favourite leading ladies were disappearing off the radar once they hit forty…

 

But, thankfully, we’ve witnessed the stirrings of change in recent years, with the Chanel’s sentiment finally having caught on (better late than never!), as fashion brands seem to be moving towards a somewhat older group of models. At 80 years old, author Joan Didion was announced as the new face of Céline… And she certainly isn’t the first older woman to have been chosen as a big brand ambassador.

Photo: Nars, via Vogue Australia

Photo: Nars, via Vogue Australia

She joins other older models Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren for L’Oreal (despite Helen’s recent admission that their moisturizer “probably does f*** all” but that she wears whatever makes her feel better) , Charlotte Rampling for Nars lipstick, Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent, Lauren Hutton being revealed as the new face of Calvin Klein lingerie in April this year, and Julia Roberts continuing as the face of Lancôme. But that doesn’t mean these models aren’t feeling the pressure:

“By Hollywood standards, I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a facelift,” Roberts told You Magazine. “I’ve told Lancôme that I want to be an aging model – so they have to keep me for at least five more years until I’m over 50.”
Interestingly, fashion editor Alyson Walsh (who blogs at thatsnotmyage.blogspot.co.uk) has spoken on the subject, saying that:

The majority of women want to look good, regardless of age… I am 53 and simply want to look healthy, stylish and modern, not younger. And I want to be relevant, even with my wrinkles. We are important role models to younger women, and I love looking to older women who are leading the way. Finally, some brands are talking to me, but it took them a long time to catch on to the power of the silver spend.

Well said, Walsh! We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Similarly, this week Allure took a brave, progressive step in declaring that they ‘will no longer use the term “anti-aging.”‘ Their statement revealed that changing the way we think about aging starts with changing the way we talk about aging:
With that in mind, and starting with this issue, we are making a resolution to stop using the term “anti-aging.” Whether we know it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle — think antianxiety meds, antivirus software, or antifungal spray.
 Hurrah!!
The magazine also pointed out that, when talking about a woman in her later years, people tend to use qualifiers when complementing them, saying things like “she looks great, for her age,” instead of “she’s beautiful, regardless of her age.”
Photo: L'Oreal, via Telegraph Fashion

Photo: L’Oreal, via Telegraph Fashion

This also brings into question what it means to be beautiful for the modern woman. For older models, it’s still important to have an element of aspiration: they must be exceptional looking – fit and healthy with glossy hair and clear eyes. Brands might not mind wrinkles as much these days, which is great… But if we’re to encourage real beauty perhaps we need to look to even more diversity in models.

Debra Bourne, co-founder and director of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, lobbies for increased diversity in the fashion industry. In a recent interview with The Guardian, she said:
I would still like to see advertising and marketing shift towards a proposition built on a wider set of values than purely appearance, particularly in that older market. I am slowly seeing a shift where marketeers are recognising attributes and achievements of individuals rather than just the way they look. By the age of 50, we have lived for a sizeable amount of time and most of us have had some incredible and interesting experiences, which mean so much more than sublimely coiffed grey hair.
Female models represent a change in how we think of women in general. Their presence in the media can teach little girls imagining their future as marriage and children that they can also grow up to have a career outside the home. It is more important than ever to see the important women from all fields in our society  and hear their voices of experience.
Yes, we know that our boobs don’t look quite as perky as they did when we were 18. And we definitely need a better facial moisturizer most days… But that doesn’t mean that we’re hurtling towards being absolutely hideous as soon as we hit our thirty-fifth birthday! And it also asks us to question things like: Who determines what beauty is, anyway? Is it the point at which other people can consider us attactive? Or is it something that we get from within?
A huge congrats to those in fashion who have already taken the plunge in representing older women and starting to question this judgemental anti-aging thang… Now we can start to examine our own beliefs around age, sexuality, beauty, and the rest!
What do you think about Allure’s anti-aging declaration this week? A step forward for womankind in general? Let us know what you think in the comments!