Classic Clothing Series: The White Shirt

The white shirt is one of those ‘wardrobe essentials’ I find very difficult to get right.  Not only do I find it difficult to find the perfect classic white shirt, I find it hard to obtain a white shirt with a twist, something a little different but still in the essentials vein.

These photos were taken in Austin, Texas just before I left America.  I love this oversized shirt shape, how the sleeves fall long and the feeling of being cocooned.  I don’t think there is anything sexier than a simple style like this – a white shirt being a wardrobe staple for work wear or worn with jeans on lazy weekends.

So here we are. A shortlist of my current favourite white (cream and off white) shirts for this post:

With a twist:

Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt

Diesel Cropped Back Shirt from ASOS.

Classics:

J Crew Blythe Blouse

Whistles Iris Blouse

And one for the boys:

I found this shirt in white in McQueen in NYC and loved it.  Although expensive (!) it’s a stunning shirt for the boys: Harness Shirt (yes, yes I know but isn’t it great)!

I’m wearing: white shirt from Marks & Spencer.  Jeans, Legging Jean from GAP.  Skull clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano – see her Etsy shop here.

With thanks to Steve Wampler Photography and Alex Suarez for the images.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Temperley London (Temperley for Filofax)

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Alice Temperley boutique in Notting Hill and take part in a style challenge with other bloggers (South Molton St Style, It’s A LDN Thing and Miss Drifted Snow White).  Our mission was to select pieces from Alice Temperley’s Cruise collection and style them around the violet Filofax Alice designed in collaboration with the brand.  I have an image of Filofax as stuffy and old-fashioned – Temperley has brought them right up to date with this smart leather number with a touch of vintage glam.

The Temperley store is a wonderful symbol of all things great in British fashion.  Slightly distracted from the challenge at times with all the wonderful clothes in store (I tried on an amazing lace jumpsuit, you may have seen Kate Middleton with the dress version recently) I finally left the challenge with the Dita pencil skirt and the Judy blouse to style:

You can find my looks here and here on the Filofax Facebook page.  Please like my looks! You can also view the other bloggers’ styles here.

Thank you to South Molton St Style for the photos and do, Blog Reader, be sure to check out some of the amazing designs Temperley has in store right now – the Vivienne is the perfect little black dress and if you are on the look out for leather – check out Hazel.

Fall Prints: David Peck Collection

Earlier in the year I interviewed David Peck for Lookbooks about his CrOp collection. Standing for ‘creative opportunities’, CrOp is produced in Houston, Texas with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. David uses low impact printing methods and organic, fair trade and natural fibers for designs that feature his signature bold prints and vibrant hues.

The inspiration behind fall 2012 began with a visit to NYC’s Tenement Museum, which got David thinking about his own rich family history: connections, travel, memories, evolution and change.  Peck used each of the themes for the prints in the collection to tell a story: harbor, lace, autumn leaves and geography.  For information and the ideas behind each theme click on the image below:

This Estelle dress in navy/geography print is one of my favourites from Peck’s current line.  The abstract print reminiscent of clouds, land and sea from above was inspired by David’s travels over the sea to and from Paris.  I love the length of the dress and the centre stripe that draws you in – it is a delight to wear.

You can view the whole collection on Peck’s website – I will be featuring another of Davids designs, along with photos of my other fall favourites over the next few weeks.

Each season David Peck partners with a charity to promote and bring awareness of their cause.  For fall / winter 12 Peck is working with Covenant House in Texas, an organization offering shelter and services to homeless and at risk youth under the age of 21.  You can read more about David’s work with Covenant House here.

Wearing: Estelle Dress, David Peck Collection.  Clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano.
Photography: Steve Wampler and Alex Suarez, shot on location at The Castle in Austin, Texas.