An Ode To A Blue Shirt
Call it a variation on a theme, but this post highlights one of my quintessential wardrobe favourites: the blue shirt. Even the thought of appearing as a smug blue-collared criminal, or worse, un vrai bobo de seizième, does not keep me from wearing my favourite blue cotton shirt day in, day out. It is the ideal option for everyday events, work, or when combined with vintage jeans and a pair of tan loafers, the ideal outfit for a Saturday of market visits. I am on the picture above wearing it with a tan suede jacket and my Levi’s jeans.
Blue is my favourite sartorial choice after black, and I would argue that it might even be its ludic, younger brother. If black is the darkest of all colours, blue is the scholarly alternative, fit for work and academic life but still aimed at bringing something bright, a certain playfulness into the world. I will refrain from going into a tangent, as I think The Gentlewoman pretty much sums up my affection with the shade (see here).
As for the fit, I prefer a simple, straight cut made of a thin, breezy cotton (even better if it’s a cotton and linen mix). Some cotton shirts, such as mine above, tend to wrinkle quickly, which I don’t really mind as it adds a casual detail to the outfit. I prefer buying mine one size up for an oversized fit, so I can wear it tucked-in, with the sleeves rolled up. The shirt above is an older version from &Other Stories, but I own another similar blue version by Vanessa Bruno.
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