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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Let's Get Shirty: How To Style A Shirt

Hello! So whilst on holiday I managed to shoot a few outfit posts in nicer scenery than rainy England so I thought I'd share them with you as I really enjoy doing a few fashion posts a month. I love beauty, it's my favourite, but I also love fashion of course, I used to be a stylist at my part time job and I've never really written a 'styling' post so this is my first. I decided to style up this gorgeous shirt from Hawes and Curtis and show everyone that a shirt doesn't just have to be a formal thing. I recently fell in love with a casual shirt from Topshop and since then, I've been on the look out for some more nice every-day shirts. I've always been a fan of floaty blouses but I've never really worn an actual, real shirt on a day to day basis. I absolutely adore this shirt and I cannot wait to share it with you...
how to style a shirt

Shirts and Denim:

Firstly I decided to wear the shirt with some denim shorts (available here) and I'm really pleased with how to outfit looks. I teamed it with my Primark sandals (similar here and here) as I think the pink really compliments the cuff of the shirt.

hawes and curtis floral shirt

I am obsessed with the floral cuff and collar, it's so effortlessly gorgeous and it just makes the shirt a little bit more special, it's not dull whatsoever. I think the details on this shirt are truly beautiful and so different.

I love the green thread on the buttons, I felt like it went with my nail colour really well (MUA) and it makes it a really nice Summery shirt. 

I would love to (and will be) wearing this shirt with my jeans in England, obviously I had no jeans with me whilst on holiday but hopefully you can imagine how nice it would look with a nice pair of skinny jeans. I like the idea of this with my favourite Joni jeans in blue from Topshop and can't wait to try this.

Bag: Zara
Sandals: Primark
Shirt: C/O Hawes and Curtis
Sunglasses: Claire's 
Denim Shorts: Topshop 

Shirt and Leather:

Next I decided to pair this shirt with my favourite leather skirt from Zara (similar here and here). I think the cream colour of the skirt goes really nicely with the white shirt, it looks quite formal but if you undo a few buttoms and put a bikini underneath like I have, and add some sandals, it makes it a lot more casual. I also wore this shirt one day on the beach over my bikini in the sea. It looked amazing (even if I do say so myself) with a pink bikini underneath, such an effortless look.

I was quite worried about how this shirt would fit, as mentioned, I haven't really worn a 'proper' shirt before and I got this in the smallest size that Hawes and Curtis do, size 8, it was a little bit big for me but I think this adds to the effect because it means it's more casual and comfortable, without being too big. It isn't restrictive, it means that the shirt is one that can be worn to just relax in.

Other ways I'd wear this shirt:

- With white jeans: I'd love to pair this with a pair of white jeans for a Kendall Jenner 'all white everything' kind of look, I recently bought the white joni jeans from Topshop so will be trying out that look this Summer.
- With a bikini underneath: As mentioned, this looks gorgeous worn open on a sandy beach with a white or pink (to match the flowers) bikini underneath. 
- Formally: Of course you can wear this for a formal occasion, with some smart trousers and a blazer.

So there we have it, hopefully you can see that actually, a shirt doesn't just have to be worn formally, it can be beachy, going-outy or casual.

Don't forget to watch my holiday look-book video, this shirt features on it! - please subscribe here! 

A massive thanks to Hawes and Curtis for sending me this gorgeous shirt. I had trouble choosing which shirt to go for as they have a beautiful selection, I'm currently lusting over a blue one with polka dots that I've seen. You can check out their range of women's shirts here. The shirts are currently £29.50 each or 3 for £69 which is very good for such high-quality, gorgeous shirts. I know where I'll be going for my shirts in the future! 

Some more shorty inspiration to go with the shirt...

Do you wear shirts? Do you like how I've styled this shirt? How would you style it? Can you think of any other way to wear it?

Lots of love, Em x

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  1. Shirt & shorts = best combo!


  2. Looking beautiful girly!
    Love Topshops floaty white shirts, so comfy and cute!

    Love Lucinda xxx

  3. you look very lovely!
    love the white skirt :)

    Alice's Pink Diary

    1. Aw thank you Alice, it's so crisp and nice! x

  4. Loved the looks and that shirt is so cute!


  5. So pretty! I love both but the skirt is my favourite. Also, after seeing these photos I'm going to go back and take another look at your tanning posts... :) xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

    1. Aw thank you, so glad you like them! Aw, this is a completely natural tan I'm afraid, sorry! xxx

  6. Your shirt is gorgeous, the detailing is just wow. I also like that it isn't transparent haha, most shirts seem to be so sheer it's awful and unflattering for most women! I like the shirt best with the shorts because the two colours look so good together. With the skirt it seems to fade into one if that makes any sense? But they both look gorgeous! I love the skirt as an individual item, it's so simple and not too short!

    Love, Katepetali xo

    1. Aw thank you - eek me too, I thought it might be quite sheer and I'm not really a sheer kinda person! Yeah! Like a dress almost! Thank you so much! Yeah it's the perfect size to be honest! xxx

  7. Your tan looks incredible, even more against the white shirt! x

  8. Such a beautiful combo! I agree- shirts don't have to be formal! You're teeth look gleaming, so gorgeous!x

    1. Aw thank you so much - awww so kind, think it's the tan aha! xxx

  9. This is a gorgeous shirt! Shirts are a huge wardrobe staple of mine and I will definitely have to try out Hawes and Curtis!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  10. Your figure is to DIE for !! Love the lookbook video


  11. I love how diverse a good shirt can be! Great ideas :)

  12. I love this! I've never even considered wearing a shirt for everyday wear but you make it look effortless x

    What Rachael Wrote

    1. Awww thank you so much, I didnt before this! xxx

  13. i love the detailing on the sleeves it's so cute and really perks up the look :) glad you had an awesome holiday Em !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Eek I love it too, so cute! Thank you sweets xxx

  14. Glad you had a fantastic holiday Em :)
    Live the skirt!
    Hana http://countrybumpkinlover.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Thank you so much, it's so cosy! x

  15. So pretty! I would have never thought to wear a proper shirt just casually! Rebeka x

    Rebeka Taylor

  16. I really love shirts but find it so hard to style. I love it with the denim shorts and the floral cuff is so pretty. I would style it with a skater skirt and flip flops too x


    1. Well I hope this has helped! yes!!! love skater skirts! xx

  17. I adore the first outfit Em. I recently fell in love with a Topshop shirt too and have been wanting to buy every shirt I see!!! xx

  18. I love your sandals and ideas on how to style this wonderful blouse!! You look soo good

  19. You've styled this perfectly Em and I love your sandals another primark steal I'd love to pick up. It's nice to see a local blogger as I'm from Leeds too xx


    1. Aw thank you so much. Aw wow really! Small world! xxx


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