My last post was about finding my perfect white shirt at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. This one shows you which white shirt I picked from Brooks Brothers and how I styled it for their ‘white shirt challenge’ in Look 1.
I went for the Regent Fit Original Polo Button-Down Oxford Men’s Dress Shirt in Medium size…yup, a men’s shirt. Millie Mackintosh and Josie from Fashion Mumblr did look fantastic on the day in their fitted ladies white shirts (check out that last blog post for photos), but I usually struggle with ladies shirts. Ones that fit well around most of my body, giving a lovely fitted feel, look like I’m busting outta them with my boobs. Not a good look. No-one likes their boobs to be hulking their way out of a shirt.
The ladies white shirt I tried on at Brooks Brothers was very nice, but wasn’t wow’ing me I guess. It felt fairly plain for me. But, when I saw Emma in the men’s shirt…which had thicker material and was really slouchy and relaxed in it’s feel, I knew that was the one for me too! Much more my style. Thanks Emma for the inspo!
After picking our white shirts, chatting to Millie for a while (as you do) and recording a segment for Stray FM (still need to listen to that back, hope I wasn’t cringe!), it was shopping time at McArthur Glen in York.
We started at LK Bennett, as I’d spotted some fab leopard print loafers in the window (white and leopard print is such a classic combo) and I did make my first purchase…but it wasn’t the shoes, it was actually the most gorgeous jacket. It’s got a Chanel slant to it’s material and cut with lovely frayed edges, I absolutely bloody LOVE it!
The other item I chose to style the white shirt with are some fab sparkly heels from Kurt Geiger. Regular readers will know I do love Kurt Geiger for shoes and heels. The fact that McArthur Glen has one of their stores and everything is discounted is like…well, heaven…a very dangerous-to-my-bank-balance-because-I-want-ALL-the-shoes, heaven. As soon as I’d picked the jacket, I did have an idea that I wanted something with a bit of sparkle to add a little something special to the outfit. As I write that sentence it doesn’t sound like me, it sounds super bloody girly! I didn’t want bows or proper bling…I wanted a subtle and classy sparkle and that’s exactly what I found in Kurt Geiger. I’m not even sure the pics do these heels justice. They are very subtly sparkly. Perfect.
The jeans I paired with the outfit are TopShop ripped knee ‘Jamie’ jeans in grey.
Love the stiffness of that collar on the Brooks Brothers white shirt!
The leaves are changing colour! Yay for Autumn and kicking crisp dry leaves!
It’s hard to capture the material of these heels properly in a photo…they are a dulled down sparkle. That’s my best attempt at describing them. I love the heel height too, they are very comfy to walk in. I can tell I love these heels because I shunned my ‘no nude inside heel’ rule. I usually don’t like heels (the actual stiletto part of the heel) that don’t have the same material all the way around. For these, I made an exception.
The thumb ring and forth finger ring on my right hand are by Tiffany & Co.
Keep your eyes open for Look 2!
Btw, this was the first time I’d worked with photographer Matt McCormick on some outfit photos. Matt was such a pro, we got exactly what I wanted really quickly. Any fashion bloggers in Yorkshire yet to work with him, I would highly recommend checking his work out. Thanks Matt!
* Please note that we were given the white shirts for free for the challenge, along with a gift card to spend at McArthur Glen to style the items. My opinions are, as always, my own…especially because I actually chose the items! It was such a good challenge…I love working with brands in this format!