I'd been toying with the idea of buying a maxi shirt for this coming Summer, so when I saw this petite navy and white spot maxi shirt with side splits, in the sale recently, I knew it was the time to buy one (still available). Even though I'm petite, there's no reason why I can't wear longer length items. Here I am wearing a long line coatigan in my Easy Sunday Chic post. You just need to bear in mind proportions a little more when you're petite and balance volume.
I always like it when fellow bloggers show their creativity and do posts where they style a particular piece in a variety of ways, so I decided to join in the fun.
I've styled it 3 ways using a main colour palette of navy, black and white. Here and there, are dashes of colour and texture for depth and added interest.
Look One: as a long line waistcoat or vest for a smart casual office outfit.
Look Two: as a long line waistcoat with white jeans and a tee for casual wear.
Look Three: buttoned for an evening look paired with classic cigarette pants.
LOOK ONE: OFFICE
It's obvious to match a maxi shirt with trousers or jeans but I was curious to see how the shirt would work with a skirt. Realistically it's going to work best with a straight skirt to allow the shirt to hang as a sleek column. My tube skirt was the ideal shape and also because the stripes lend themselves to doing some pattern mixing. The last time it was on the blog was also a pattern mixing post - Polka Dots & Stripes
But it's not only spots and stripes this time. Oh no, all THREE pieces - shirt, top and skirt - have patterns, It might not be immediately obvious but the top is a textured pattern - broderie anglaise. I purposely chose it instead of a plain tee to show
that as long as the size of all the patterns are in proportion with each other, which the stripes, spots and embroidery are, you can get away with wearing them as an ensemble.
Wearing the shirt as a long line waistcoat (or vest as our friends across the pond would say), it's an alternative twist on wearing a jacket for Summer. Now I appreciate that for certain professions this might be too casual for the office, but this easily adapts to situations outside the 9-5 environment, such as a weekend lunch with friends.
To give a crisp, sharp finish, it had to be a dash of red; necklace, bag and of course lips! I don't know about you, but I do love red with black and white. So striking.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Navy Spot Maxi Shirt
TKMaxx Striped Tube Skirt Striped Tube Jersey Skirt
TKMaxx Embroidery Anglaise Top Debenhams Broderie Anglaise Top
Dorothy Perkins Red Necklace (old)
Red Bag e-bay (old)
Red Herring Bracelets (old)
TopShop Ghillies S/S15 This Season's Ghillie Sandal
LOOK TWO: CASUAL
I only needed to change a few details and hey presto, I've a relaxed daytime outfit. The top half is the same as the 'Office' look, bar a change of necklace. I like white on white but it can be tricky to wear if you've not been blessed with the 'tanning' gene. Wearing the shirt still in the waistcoat style with the white on white, is enough colour for my pale skin.
Wearing it with the white jeans, just makes me want to grab my passport and fly off on holiday right now! With my padded slip-ons, I can comfortably do a spot of sightseeing without sticking out like a sore 'I AM A TOURIST' thumb.
And wearing my ever so practical hat (!), the shirt will slightly protect the white top and jeans! You know, because I'm always the one that manages to
sit on a chair without noticing the bubble gum
or food stain
or [insert here] anything else that magnetises itself to white clothing!
And there's a little cheeky pattern mixing going on but this time with shirt and bag. I've had this adorable, embroidery bag for over 20 years. I don't know which was the deciding factor in buying it - the beautifully delicate, embroidered flowers or the bamboo handles! I can't resist either. And it looks a treat with my blue and green tassel necklace.
I'm very happy to admit when I'm inspired by other bloggers; it's one of the many benefits I love about blogging. Credit is due to my blogging pal, Olga, from Local-Moda. I loved her gorgeously vivid blue, über long maxi shirt; it's a beauty.
Seeing Olga in hers unwittingly sealed the deal for me in finally deciding to look for a petite maxi shirt for myself! My styling is an homage to hers.
Dorothy Perkins Petite Navy Spot Maxi Shirt
TKMaxx Embroidery Anglaise Top. Debenhams Broderie Anglaise
BHS Petite White Jeans (old) Dorothy Perkins Petite White Jeggings
Yosa Tassel Necklace. Similar Yosa Teal Tassel Necklace
Silver Chunky Bracelet from the Emporioum of I Forget
Embroidery Bag (ancient)
Mock Croc Silver Slip Ons from France (old)
LOOK THREE: EVENING
I'm all for having a killer dress on stand by in your wardrobe for nights out on the town but more often than not, when dressing for a night out either with friends or on a date night with Tall Brown Fox, I want an easy going outfit that doesn't scream
Enter stage right The Cigarette Pants.
They are one of those classic items that stand up to pretty much any kind of styling and they tick that ideal combination box of comfortable and polished. I bought these linen ones a few summers ago and they've more than proved their worth.
I find there's something quite appealing about a shirt fully buttoned up. A touch of the masculine chic! It's streamlined, uncomplicated, unfussy, and the best bit?
No ridiculous body shaping, circulation cutting, organ squashing undergarments that some killer dresses require!!!
To up the ante more for the evening, a few well placed accessories; a sterling silver pendant, an opal and grey bracelet, wedges with a criss cross pattern and a decent sized wristlet clutch with a glittery panel. The glitter is in varying hues of purple, violet, blue and gold; a delightfully sparkly contrast to the shirt.You can read the story of buying the clutch here when I was visiting family in France at Christmas time.
The tootsies are out for the first showing of the year! A dash of colour to match the lips, of course.
Camaieu Cigarette Pants (old) ASOS Petite Cigarette Pants Regular ASOS Linen Cigarette Pants
Eternal Collection Sterling Silver Pendant Similar Pendant
Camaieu Sequin Wristlet Clutch Similar style wristlet clutch
New Look Black Wedges (old)
Maxi Shirt Footnote
I'm chuffed to bits with my new shirt. I've definitely maximised its potential - I make no apology for the appalling play on words there!
The second and third looks are ones I can easily wear on a holiday with the shirt effortlessly moving from day to night. The shirt would certainly earn its place on a holiday packing list, especially when space is at a premium in your suitcase and pieces need to double up.
And for evenings that may be on the cooler side, you simply slip on a thin, short length jacket. The loose style of my waterfall faux leather jacket fits well with the flowing feel of the shirt, even when it's fully buttoned up.
I'll see you at the bar - mine's a Sea Breeze cocktail with a dash of lime please.
Do you have a maxi shirt? If so, how do you like to style it? And do you have a favourite look out of my three?
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