When it comes to fashion staples, Meena Sreenivasan feels that nothing beats a crisp, well-fitted shirt
MANY women will admit to keeping at least one or two of their boyfriend’s shirts in their closet. Worn right, the shirt can be effortlessly chic, sexy and smart.
A button-up shirt is a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. It looks great with trousers or skirt for work. You can always reach for it when you want a comfortable weekend outfit with jeans and sneakers.
You can get even more mileage out of your shirt when you cleverly incorporate it into your everyday outfit. Wear it with a vest, cardigan or even necktie — the possibilities are endless.
Now, why don’t you return the shirts to him and buy your own? Because a shirt that is not cut according to womanly curves will only make you look awkward and bulky.
My Everyday Shirt, Ms Read’s line of shirts for women, offers a variety of shirt styles for curvy women of any age and you will definitely be able to find one that suits your body shape.
The line offers six different cuts and shirt styles, each with a different silhouette in mind. What’s interesting is the shirts are named after well-known and admired women, such as Rania (Queen of Jordan), Jackie (Kennedy), Marilyn (Monroe), Sharon (Stone), Kate (Middleton) and one befitting of the brand’s founder, Helen (Read).
You can dress the shirt with accessories or keep it simple. Whatever style you take on, they are versatile and can take you from work to play.
“We came up with this concept when we realised that it wasn’t easy to find that perfect crisp shirt. What might work for one person wouldn’t necessarily work for another, as we all come in different shapes and sizes,” Read said.
Check which one you identify with and what suits your body type. The collection is also available at www.msreadshop.com. Prices range from RM149 to RM189.
Take your pick
PICK your favourite from the six different styles:
Rania: A slim-fitted shirt with darts at the back, it features a round hem. Perfect for the woman who likes a neat waistline without compromising on fit. Keeping the Rania style young and edgy, French cuffs are added and it will be available in a variety of cuff styles.
Kate: A tailored shirt designed for women who prefer a slightly loose-fitting shirt while still maintaining a feminine look. With darts at the back and a straight hem, it can be dressed up or down with any skirt, jeans or pants. Available in a variety of cuff styles.
Helen: A classic shirt that can carry you through the day and night with a loose fit and round hem. Smart and streamlined, its shape is perfect for any woman who wants a classic shirt to call her own.
Marilyn: For women with a heavier bust, the Marilyn features well-fitted darts at the bust, preventing any button gaping in front. Streamlining the body, its round hem allows the wearer the option to tuck it in or leave it out. Either way, it‘ll make you look good.
Jackie: With its loose cut, straight hem and slits on both sides, the Jackie prevents any riding up. Providing adequate room for women with very curvy hips, it‘s a simple design for a comfortable, livable fit.
Sharon: Featuring a semi-round hem, longer collar length and pleated details below the yoke, the Sharon creates a smooth fit around the shoulder blade area, allowing women the ease of unrestricted movement. The dropped shoulders of the shirt are wide enough so that sleeves hang smoothly. It makes for a relaxed fit for any day of the week.
Wear it right
HERE are some tips on how to style a shirt:
• Add a vest or sweater. A shirt looks very classic and crisp when worn beneath a V-neck sweater, sweater vest or even your boyfriend‘s vest. You can either tuck it in or leave it out, depending on your personal style. This look can dress up jeans, khakis, dress pants and even skirts.
• Get belted. Putting on a belt can enhance a plain button-up shirt. Try a wide patent leather belt or a stylish corset belt and pair the shirt with a full, flouncy skirt. You can also wear a skinny belt or one in a vibrant shade.
• Wear a cardigan. You can use a cardigan or shrug with your shirt for a pulled-together look. If the ensemble looks too bulky, cinch it with a wide belt. Consider folding the cuffs of your shirt over the sweater for an elegant look.
• Throw on a tee. For a more casual look, layer a vintage or printed tee over your shirt and roll up the cuffs and sleeves. You can also wear a blazer over the outfit to complete the casual, funky look. Great for the office.
• Tie it up. Shirts are simple enough that they can be dressed up with a bold scarf. Fold up your shirt sleeves and pick a scarf in either a complementary or contrasting colour and knot it near your collar bone, or slightly lower.