Do you remember that gorgeous pink poncho that stole my heart a few months back?
This one because if you’re anything like me, you might appreciate the memory jog 🙂
It was from Read and Bell and I fell completely in love with the colour, style and quality.
I’m not at all surprised those poncho’s sold out quickly.
It was so rewarding to see so many of you gorgeous gals rocking yours on Instagram.
So can you imagine my intense delight when a parcel arrived from Read and Bell containing a selection from their new Spring Summer 15/16 collection?
I know right.
Ecstatic I was!
The first thing that I thought about was the fabric. Because I just knew it would be incredible…I happy to report I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.
Established in 2010 Tory Read and Anne Bell set out to source authentic hand-made Indian textiles.
Think, block and screen prints, natural fibres, hand embroidery by traditional artisans and you won’t be far off the mark.
No machine printing, only the uniqueness of the human hand.
And that’s what makes it special.
First thing that jumped into my hot little hands when I opened the parcel was a Men’s shirt…
Oh my, I was instantly jealous.
What delightful things they are.
Jonny on the other hand was a very happy boy…
Let me just tell you, normally when a parcel arrives for me, Jonny just carries on what he is doing, but the mere mention of ‘men’s’ had Jonny’s ears pricking quicker than Usain Bolt from the starting blocks.
Although…Jonny’s initial excitement may have subsided when he realised that it would involve standing in front of the camera in said fabulous shirts 😉
Read and Bell Collared Shirt Green* $89.00 | Shorts and Deck shoes both Country Road (not current)
Jonny’s wardrobe is filled to the brim with shirts of every style, colour and fabric – he prefers wearing a shirt to a tee any day.
So these glorious additions were right up his street and very much appreciated for this fashion obsessed guy.
They are made from lightest Indian cotton you could ever imagine, which is perfect for the summer months here in Australia.
But girls, Jonny is not the only one that adores the classic sharp shape that a shirt offers – I do too…you knew I would work it back to me right?
In fact, I would label shirts as one of my all time favourite wardrobe pieces.
The masculine edge might have something to do with it – I find it ever so sexy when masculine meets feminine on a female.
I guess that’s testament to my classic style personality.
To be honest though, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t at least 5 shirts working hard for my attention in my wardrobe.
So it made sense (well to me at least) that I got in on the action too 😉
There are three shirts available in the collection:
Green | Navy | Pink
It’s hard to choose a favourite colour because they all work well, on both mine (lily-white) and Jonny’s (olive) skin tone.
Pictures taken on two different days with different camera’s – apologies for the size difference.
Because I’m shirt obsessed, I often sneak a wear of one of Jonny’s when he’s not looking.
Shirts offer so much flexibility to a wardrobe.
A classic white shirt should be in every girls wardrobe…and maybe a denim too.
They are a basic in my eyes and can be worn in so many ways.
- Buttoned up (on a smaller frame) with a cute pencil skirt for a touch of geek glam.
- Create a deep V neckline for fuller busts.
- Classic white with jeans and a jacket for understated elegance.
- Un-buttoned with a singlet underneath with your favourite short or denim skirt.
- Drop crotch: match made in heaven.
- Front knot over a tube dress.
- Tied around your waist for a touch of booty coverage.
Points to remember:
- Oversized shirts work best it the rest of your outfit is streamline.
- Lycra is your best shirt friend, you no longer have to feel trussed up like a turkey.
- Think cotton (with stretch) linen or silk.
Are you a shirt lover or avoider?
Items * were gifted to me for editorial consideration, as per my disclosure policy.
Also linking up with Kimbalikes for Wardrobe Wednesday