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.
As much as I am into shirts, I have always eschewed wearing a black one. Maybe it’s the colour – I love black in any other wardrobe piece, but I think I find it too formal for the free spirit the shirt usually evokes for me. But I see it in a different light as worn by Los Angeles based fashion designer Heidi Merrick: with a black leather pencil skirt, and most probably flats (the perfect, contrasting finishing touch). Especially that I wouldn’t necessarily associate her personal style (she is a surf girl, as Heidi herself admits – she is, after all the daughter of surfboard designer Al Merrick) or her designs with the look. Heidi’s beautiful dresses reflect an elevated Californian style: laid back, easy to wear and minimalist, but carrying a note of refined elegance to them. But it’s exactly this detachment from your comfort zone and from what’s expected of you that is so interesting. Personal style is just as much about being true to what you feel good in, as it is about breaking some rules from time to time.
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photos: Karen Hernandez for The Style Line