Nothing Quite Like a Quality Shirt

posted by Alice Duffield March 21, 2015 0 comments

I’m not a conservative dresser, but there are some classic, conservative pieces that I can’t go past. One is a quality shirt that buttons right to the top and drapes perfectly. These shirts are like a blank canvas to me, ready for me to style in whatever way I choose. I like to purchase a few classic pieces each season that I can wear to death and work in at least three different ways. This season my classic shirt is from Hawes and Curtis. Note: Please excuse my VERY non-model like pose. SO natural, I know.

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Hawes and Curtis are originally a UK brand. They offer several classy collections, providing classic and quality pieces for both men and women. My handsome husband Scott and I were lucky enough to be gifted our choice of shirts from H&C. They’ve got a really extensive range, so choosing just one shirt was quite hard! We were both really pleased with the beautiful packaging and exquisite quality. Each detail was flawlessly finished.

I chose this ivory pin-tuck blouse. Like I said ealier, I love to be able to style a silky shirt like this in a number of ways. This shirt arrived a week before we were set to leave for the UK. Using our upcoming trip as inspiration, my first instinct was to deck out Brit style. I pieced this beautiful shirt with my brogue knee high black leather boots, black jeans and a chunky necklace. If the weather was cooler I would have added a crisp blazer but alas we took these photos on one of those stinking hot Brisbane days that I’m already missing here in chilly-willy London.

My next approach was using the same core pieces – the shirt and black skinny jeans – but to adopt a more casual look with slightly more streetwise accessories. I teamed this outfit with my Chelsea style Doc Martens and a vintage bolo tie from France. Scott says this bolo tie is actually part of a uniform worn by high achievers in the French version of the Stonemasons – I love a piece with history! The end result was classily casual or casually classy, and I think it is my favourite look!

Of course I would also wear this silk top for a corporate look, which I’m sure is its proper destined purpose. I would team it some fitted black work slacks, black points and a slick blazer. Perfect for the office!

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Scott loves to casual-his shirts down where possible. He’s lucky to not work in a corporate environment, but does like to have a few classy button up shirts like this one in the wardrobe for client meetings, weddings or really special meals out. The H&C men’s shirts are perfect – they can be worn with a corporate suit and tie or with jeans, sleeves rolled up and some nice leather loafers. Scott chose this shirt if you’re wondering. We were really impressed with the range of cuts and sizes on offer online. Scott’s a big guy, and the shirt he chose was actually somewhere in the middle of their range.

Overall we were stoked with our goodies from Hawes and Curtis. Have a gander through their collections on their site and choose your classics for this Autumn / Winter in Brisbane!

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** This post was written in collaboration with Hawes and Curtis. While the clothing was gifted, opinions are my own!

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