The perfect white shirt is the holy grail of shirts. Finding a shirt with the right cut, the right fit, the perfect buttons, the crispest whitest of whites is not an easy task, and when you add into that the fact that of a rather large bust that needs to be flattered rather than flattened, you make the task virtually impossible. So thank goodness for the legendary English tailoring of TM Lewin.
TM Lewin has been a must visit London destination for the discerning gentleman since 1898, when Thomas Mayes Lewin first opened his Jermyn Street store. These days the company has just under a 100 stores in the UK, catering to the shirt orientated needs of both men and women. Recently there has been a surge in interest in women’s shirts, as androgynous styling and boyish trends have been adopted by stylish stars like Rihanna and Alexa Chung. Adding another lustre of cool to the brand was the recent use of this masculine tailoring as an accompaniment to the millinery of Philip Treacy during London Fashion Week.
So when you are looking for the perfect white shirt, it is hard to look anywhere else but TM Lewin. I found my perfect shirt in the Fitted White Poplin Shirt. This was a gorgeous white cotton shirt that addressed a lot of my needs in a shirt. It had a cutaway detail on the neckline, which I felt was more flattering than a buttoned up design. I also loved the cut of this shirt with its contoured side detail and seams, again adding shape to the general design. I loved that this shirt was slightly longer in the body meaning it could be worn tucked in as well as hanging loosely. All in all, this was a shirt that seemed made for a curvier body, designed to flatter and enhance those curves.
This is a versatile piece that every wardrobe needs – it can simply be styled so many ways. I concentrated on styling two classic ways. The first was based on a Olivia Palermo look. Olivia Palermo styles her white shirt in a luxe boho style with a maxi skirt. I love this look and wanted to see if I could do something similar. Here was the result.
The second look is the absolute classic, indigo blue denim and crisp white shirt and flats, a la Kate Moss, Marilyn Monroe, and a whole host of other icons of style.
This shirt would also look great under a suit for a perfect, smart workwear look, worn open over a coloured cami for a casual look and even teamed with city shorts for a cool summer look. Everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe, and this one has the cut, the tailoring and the crispness that makes it a wonderful, versatile buy.
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