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Wardrobe MVPs: The versatile jersey shirt

Wardrobe MVPs: The versatile jersey shirt

There was a time when my signature top was a grey marl t-shirt but I’ve moved on. Grown up and outwards. Now in my mid-50s, I tend to save the skimpy, old favourites for under sweaters and go it alone with a looser, long sleeved, jersey shirt. This Most Valuable Player (MVP) – I had to Google it, too – is what I usually refer to as Wardrobe Glue. The reliable items of clothing that go with everything and pull an outfit together. The versatile jersey shirt is like a grown-up t-shirt. Its sporty elegance reminds me of American designer Claire McCardell’s timeless practical clothes that revolutionised womenswear in the 1950s. And a little bit of the oh-so-desirable Equipment shirts of the late 1980s. The versatile jersey shirt is a Wardrobe MVP because it can be worn in a multitude of ways: with trousers, jeans, joggers, culottes and denim skirts (see how versatile!); layered under a jacket, v-neck jumper, pinafore or dungarees. And it’s the perfect match for the peg trousers I seem to be perpetually wearing.

 

Photography: Claire Pepper

 

Style notes: I’m wearing the versatile jersey shirt from Nrby with Studio Nicholson trousers and a Mimi Berry bag (all items borrowed for the shoot and returned).