The classic style shirt, button down and slim fitting man style, is brilliant when it suits.
I understand the traditional white shirt is not a keeper for some. The “classic shirt” doesn’t suit us all and we need alternatives to adapt and work for us. Finding the right shape in a shirt can be difficult and when I find one I really think works it can feel like hitting the jackpot. I have long admired those women who wrap themselves languidly in a man’s shirt and slink about. A look I would love to emulate but a lack of height and a short body make it a tricky one to pull off.
The answer is to find a blouse that works for your body shape and wear it in a similar way. Some suit a blouse that doesn’t open down the front or one with a higher neck. The classic shirt, while a no-brainer if it is your friend is not the only answer to an elegant and easy put together look.
This is where the bell sleeve comes in.
The bell sleeve was made popular in the ’70’s and is having a great resurgence. The sleeve detail is dramatic and just enough to transport the very plain into something quite special. I love a bell sleeve, whether it is on a dress or a blouse. Roksanda made the Margot, which has gone on to be one of the most popular and photographed dresses. I believe deservingly so as it is a fabulously flattering and beautiful dress. This dress is another fun alternative at a fraction of the cost if you are tempted.
I have found the bell sleeve blouse to be an easy alternative over simple pants or a longer line skirt when a button down is not your favourite. Here are a couple of options to add to your wardrobe if your search for blouses is proving difficult. This bell sleeve blouse is a great length, fabric and price in a variety of colours. The white one is even on sale, conveniently.
Have a look at these bell sleeved beauties, they are a great addition to the wardrobe whether you are a “classic shirt” woman or not. xv
Ring The Bells
image, cher photographed by richard avedon