Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty talks about the lasting appeal of a great shirt.
As the song progresses, I am too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt… so sexy it hurts.
Well, not anymore, you’re not!
Because the humble shirt has been given a sparkly and sexy new life this season.
It was a surprise trend at this year’s Oscars, when instead of a dress, Kristen Stewart opted for a white shirt with tuxedo shorts, while Zendaya paired hers with a sequined maxi. My favorite look was Uma Thurman’s (below), who paired a white shirt with a floor-sweeping Bottega skirt.
Shirts are worn by elegant women in the office, then taken to dinner with a sparkly or woolen pencil skirt. They also look effortless on vacation, thrown in a bathing suit with tanned skin and salty hair.
I’ll take a white or blue shirt tucked into tailored jeans or slacks over a frilly Victorian blouse any day. A current favorite for the weekend is a black linen button-up shirt with white jeans and sandals.
Remember the important rule: crisp poplin shirts for winter, cool linen shirts for summer.
As for sexy, I would say that unbuttoned just enough, a shirt can look like expensive lingerie.
There’s a reason style icons like Kate Moss, Princess Diana, Sienna Miller (below) and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy have all gone for shirts time and time again. Because frankly, they are fabulous.
One young woman who has grasped life by shirt collars is Pip Durell, founder of shirt brand With Nothing Underneath.
Pip, who launched his online business in 2017 with just £7,000 in savings, said: “My aim was to make a good quality shirt that could take you from breastfeeding in the morning to the meeting room the afternoon.”
Now her success has been such that she and seven employees, as reported here last week, have just opened a store on Elizabeth Street in Belgravia. Pip, former fashion editor at Tatler and voguetold The Chic List that she plans to sell shirts for all ages and body shapes at an attractive price, adding: “We use the same linen from the same factory as the other brands, but they charge twice as much dear.”
As to why the shirt is such a heroic piece, Pip says, “You can go to the office with a shirt with the top button closed, then wear it later for a drink with a red lip and a few buttons undone. It’s so easy.’
And it’s. No one ever said chic had to be complicated.
ETO SPECIAL GIFT, SORTED
Independent jewelry designer Claire Hill has just the thing. Her collection of handmade, ethically sourced coin necklaces features a symbol for the words Thrive, Brave, Inspire, Kind, Hope, or Love is Love on one side and a symbol on the other. lapis lazuli gemstone. Prosperous necklace, £147, clairehilldesigns.co.uk
How’s that for an exciting pairing? Greek designer Mary Katrantzou and British brand Lipsy. Yes, the print queen – who is also a new mum – revisited old archives to design a mother-daughter collection for the brand. It’s available now and, believe me, it’s so cute. Skirt, £45, Lipsy x Mary Katrantzou, next.co.uk
FANCY A BAG OF MUSHROOMS?
Well, here it is. While brands such as Lululemon and Hermès are busy working on products derived from these mushrooms, Stella McCartney is leading the way with this first-ever luxury bag made from Mylo – a mushroom leather created from mycelium, the root of the fungus. structure. Bag, £1,995, available from July 1 on www.stellamccartney.com.
Easy to wear puff sleeve dresses are not only a style statement but also a divine choice for summer shenanigans. That’s why this H&M one is a big hit. It is also available in floral print. Dress, £24.99, hm.com
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PHOTO: VICTORIA METAXAS