The Lovely Blue Shirt
Some people swear by classic white but I much prefer the Lovely Blue Shirt (LBS). Its complexion-enhancing properties are second to none and – as someone who is never going rush headlong into a floral frenzy – a beautiful blue cotton top is the perfect way to bring a little spring into the style equation.
One of my favourite Lovely Blue Shirt fashion moments is an old image of Grace Kelly (from the Howell Conant book) looking just as perfect in a button-down LBS and mannish pleated trousers, as she did when decked out in her trademark heroine style. See also the fabulous Rosella Jardini – there’s a brilliant picture of the 66-year-old Italian fashion consultant taken by Garance Doré. One glance is all it takes to appreciate the wonder of the LBS. My advice is to keep things relaxed and waft around in a slightly oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys style, in cool cotton or linen. The one I’m wearing is Autograph at M&S – yep, I’ve been trawling the Marble Arch store again to find all the best basics.
Guaranteed to look nonchalant and cool throughout the summer months, the LBS goes with everything: jeans, cargo pants, peg trousers for those who lean towards Gentlewoman Style; patterned pencil skirts and maxi skirts, for a spot of Casual Glamour. Whichever Style Tribe you belong to, the Lovely Blue Shirt is a failsafe way to add instant chic appeal.
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