You always notice the person wearing a great shirt. A classic that, for me, holds just as much appeal as the perfect pair of jeans. Shirt Stories is about others who feel the same, women and men, and who wear it well.
Just like in the case of jeans (unless you are Carine Roitfeld and it’s ingrained in your DNA not to wear them and still look cool), the shirt is just as much an inherent part of the modern woman’s wardrobe. Think practical, free, believable, without forgetting for one moment to be feminine, too, only this femininity is likely to be attained by way of details and attitude rather than with frills and starry clothing pieces. And the first one who springs into my mind as a thoroughly modern woman is Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller. She has this sense of natural, offbeat, carefree style that sums up the simpler way women adhere to today. Sounds familiar? Well, yes, she seems to be the personification of the Chloé woman she designs for. I love a designer who personally fits into the image projected by the clothes she creates.
“I’d love to be like a guy who can just pick up a pair of pants and a shirt every day and off you go, but it takes a little more effort for a woman in this job. I have about 25 Chloé blouses, a series of grays and neutrals,” Waight Keller was telling Harper’s Bazaar. She may be putting a little more effort into her personal outfits if she says so, but it doesn’t look like it. Keeping the shirt (roll those sleeves, or leave them all the way down but completely unbuttoned, and go ahead and let that pussycat bow untied and flying free, too), she seamlesly switches from jeans to a ’70s style midi skirt or polished wide-legged trousers and remains just as at ease and imbued with confidence – it’s in the attitude, but the shirt has its doing in it, too.
photos: Elle UK / Fashion Windows / Kai Junemann for Glamour UK / How to Spend It / Amicci / Hugues Laurent for W Magazine / Boo George