Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Chambray Shirts....the hunt is on for the perfect one!

To keep the event that I am doing over the weekend with Touchwood Shopping Centre interesting, I am doing a series of presentations on different topics. With it being Mothering Sunday, I'm going to do a presentation entitled "Like Mother like Daughter" during which I will take a selection of pieces and style them for both a mother and a daughter.
On a slightly different note, there are a few bits of clothing in our house that are fought over by said Mother and Daughter and the chambray shirt that I am wearing above is one of them. It was a fairly inexpensive shirt from H&M which, there is no denying, was bought for our daughter. Then I got my mitts on it for a while but then I felt bad so I handed it back and to be honest, seeing both of us scrabbling to get hold of the clean shirt as soon as it was dry just wasn't a good look.
You're probably thinking that you've heard it all now and really how could a chambray shirt be such an important part of a spring wardrobe?  But it is! Since the day that shirt walked itself back down the landing into our daughter's room, I've really missed it. It was just so soft and easy to wear. The fit was loose enough to make it comfortable but it was neat around the shoulders. I wore it over a maxi dress, tied at the waist. I layered it over vests and wore it with denim cut-offs. I liked the fact that because the fabric was so thin, on a hot day I felt cool but not exposed.  I've tried to replace it and failed but this year I will succeed. Maybe with this one... 

the Skye cotton shirt from Whistles (£75) - lovely but maybe slightly too tailored and formal for what I am after. So maybe it will be this one...

the H&M lyocell shirt (£24.99) it's a definitely maybe but the fabric could be too thick, although it will have the softness and drape that I am after. So maybe it will be this one...

the GAP boyfriend shirt (£34.95) the colour is perfect but I'm not sure about the button down collar. So maybe it will be this one...

the soft wash utility shirt from Banana Republic (£39.50). Yes, this could be it but I'm fussy about the colour of the shirt that I'm after so maybe it won't be.

It could also be the one that I bought from GAP at the weekend which for some reason isn't online. I couldn't possibly show you mine because it is pretty screwed up and you would all think that I was a tramp. But one day soon I will try it and let you know whether it is the shirt I have been longing for. There again I may throw my motherly instincts to the wind and just go and ransack the daughter's bedroom.


  1. Been there done that! So first I tried the Whistle Skye shirt - too formal and I felt a bit like I was about to start a shift in a beauty salon - too starchy. The H&M ones looked all scrunchy and cheap, lots had buttons missing. In Gap I finally found my perfect sky blue shirt. But it's not online! It was £34.95 with 40% off and has shortish sleeves that are held up with a button. It has a sort of silky texture which wasn't what I was going for at all, but that's what I ended up with! I also spotted some beauties in Jack Wills that you might like, the Holecroft shirt, still available in an 8!

  2. How lovely you can wear your daughters clothes! xx

  3. Mint Velvet have a light blue tencel shirt? Looks like the right colour. It's in their catalogue.

  4. Next also have one that I think fits the brief. £22 x

  5. You need to check out this one from Topshop

    I bought this last week - it's lovely and soft, with a generous boyfriend-style fit. I can already see it becoming a favourite for me this spring/summer!

  6. Great choices. I tried the Gap one, today, but you are right about the button down collar it just doesn't quite look right. I didn't see any others that fitted the bill at all in fact all the mid season sales made everywhere look a bit like a rummage (I hate that) H x


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