Seeing that I’m now on call, the easiest and quickest way to dress smartly and look professional in my opinion is when you wear a nice, crisp shirt. Its versatility means you can get dressed quickly, matching it with pants, skirts, or worn underneath dresses even. That’s also provided that they’re all washed, ironed and ready to go!
There are a few things that I find to be a pain when it comes to wearing shirts and they are that gaping hole on the chest area when I button up my shirt, no thanks to these things we call boobs and fabric that creases easily, and ends up making you look sloppy instead of smart.
Having tried a few different brands, cuts and fabrics, I’ve now narrowed down to those that I absolutely love. Shirts that I can depend on to make me look sharp, stylish and comfortable too!
The best tip when it comes to addressing that gaping “chest” hole is of course fabric. I usually pick something with a little stretch in the fabric. That way the shirt sits nicely instead of leaving a gap between the button holes.
While cotton is a great fabric, I do find that 100% cotton often equates to creasing. So normally, I’d pick one that has a mix of cotton, elastane and sometimes even polyester. Some silk shirts work well too.
Cut is also important, and personally, I prefer one with a slim cut to give the overall look a more polished finish.
Brands I love
I’m a huge fan of Uniqlo because of their quality as well as the fact that they are known for their basic designs. This means you can wear the shirt without worrying if they’ll ever go out of trend or not.
I’ve so far bought both their ^oxford style shirts, which are slightly thicker and does not crease thanks to the cotton, elastane mix. Another favourite of mine is their range of ^Supima cotton shirts that has a lovely mix of cotton, polyester and spandex.
The Shirt Muse
Another favourite brand is the Australian label, The Shirt Muse, which used to go by the name Geisker. I won one of their shirts in a competition and fell in love with the design and quality, that I bought two more, when they had a sale on. With a few signature styles, my favourites would have to be the ones with the contrasting collar and cuffs. The fact that the shirts come with options to wear cufflinks just makes it look that much smarter!
The final place where I’ve bought items from is MRP, now open at Melbourne Central but also thankfully, available online. Their prices are pretty good, considering a shirt can start as low as $19.99. That’s not to say that the quality isn’t great.
The shirt I bought previously isn’t online but it’s more of a “slouchy” design than a fitted one, and I usually wear this untucked with pants and a blazer for a more relaxed, smart casual look. The cut is more relaxed but I can also choose to tuck this in if I want a slightly more formal look.
I’ve shared three labels/brands whose shirts I’ve bought, worn and loved. Which labels do you normally go for when it comes to shirts? Would love to hear more about your favourites.
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