Finding The Perfect White Shirt | Fashion Over 50

Unusual crisp white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Having now been without the majority of my wardrobe for around six months (yep, my things are STILL in storage) I have been forced to really think about what I wear, how I wear it and how much use I will actually get from every garment I own.

The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic | UK style blog

Investment Pieces

I talked in a past post about investment pieces, and how my attitude towards clothing has changed. I still can’t resist a bargain, but I’m putting a lot of thought into each and every purchase I make. Rather than running away from the more mid to high end brands, I’m beginning to think about cost per wear.

My plan is to build a wardrobe filled with high quality basics, then add fashionable more cost effective pieces that will only last a season or two. My hope is to keep my look fresh without resorting to buying a whole new wardrobe every year (not that I’ve ever done that, but you know what I mean). I have already made a number of purchases, and have been gifted a few rather lovely items over the last couple of months, (see here, here, here and here) which has only deepened my desire to keep on the quality over quantity path.

So when Finery offered to send me some goodies to sample, rather than filling my virtual trolley with items that caught my eye but I knew I’d only wear a couple of times, I put a lot of effort into finding a few key pieces that would take my wardrobe to the next level.

Take this white shirt for example. I’ve been looking for the perfect white shirt for a while now. As I’ve put on quite a bit of weight over the last few weeks, I wanted something that would look equally good unbuttoned as it does buttoned. My reasoning being that it would look OK now (and hide a multitude of sins), but will look even better when I’ve shed a few pounds.

This certainly fits with my new way of thinking. The old me would have bought a cheaper shirt in a size that fits perfectly now, only to have to replace it when my weight drops.

The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal orange boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Unusual white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Over 50 | The Barefaced Chic The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic | UK style and fashion blog The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion for the woman over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

I also opted for unusual boots that I know won’t go out of style overnight – I’ll probably be wearing them years down the line. I’m not one to be obsessed with what’s ‘in’ but I do love this season’s trend of mismatching earrings, so I thew a pair of silver ones into my basket for good measure.

The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Blog for women over 50 | The Barefaced Chic The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic

Perfect White Shirt | Boots | Trousers | Top | Earrings 

So far, it has to be said, I do think I’ve found the perfect white shirt. It has a wonderful crispness to it – so much so that it almost rustles when I move. I’m also loving the tie detail on the front and back. Yep, I’m a very happy bunny! Albeit a very windswept happy bunny.

The perfect white shirt | Orange short sleeved top | Black button sided trousers with split | Unususal boots | Fashion over 50 | The Barefaced Chic | Lifestye for the 50 plus woman

If you fancy adding a little something from Finery to your wardrobe, Barefaced Chic readers can claim a 15% discount, with no minimum spend, up until the 12/04/2017.  This applies to full price items only, is non compoundable and one use per email. Quote code BAREFACE15 at the checkout and let me know what catches your eye.

To give you an idea of what Finery have to offer, here are the ladies of The Over 40 Collective who all chose radically different outfits, but who all look utterly delectable!

Liz – What Lizzy Loves 

Nikki – Midlife Chic 

Michelle – RetroChicMama

 

Catherine – Not Dressed As Lamb 

 

Annette – Lady of Style 

Lisa – The Sequinsit 

Before I toddle off, just to give you a heads up: I found the sizes to be generous, the shirt is a size 10 and I can actually do it up – and there ain’t no way I’m a size 10 at the moment 😂

Finery also don’t supply return slips, you have to print them yourself. Not a problem if you have a printer, a pain in the proverbial if you’re stuck on a boat!

Cheerio.

16 Comments

  1. March 13, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    That’s my colour combination, Michelle! I love the warm orange-brown with black and the crisp white blouse and especially the details of your booties!
    I think I need to order those silver earrings…

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:44 am

      They are not colours I’ve worn a lot of in the past, but I’m loving them. I see this colour combination a lot in my future.
      Michelle xx

  2. March 13, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    You do make me smile Michelle, I don’t even realise I’m doing it half the time heehee The last shot of you is absolutely glorious, you’re beauty is beaming despite the wind, whic I hadn’t noticed by the way ;-)
    I really liked those boots too actually, it was hard to say no to them so I’m glad you ended up getting them xx

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I am loving the boots, I see me getting a huge amount of wear out of them. The wind was absolutely mad and light was dreadful, blew the cobwebs away though and being near the sea had me smiling!
      Michelle xx

  3. March 13, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    I like the cost per wear concept! I really have to get that info my head! Love your boots, just amazing!

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:46 am

      It’s a new concept to me too Nancy, but it makes so much sense! The boots are gorgeous, very comfy too.
      Michelle xx

  4. March 13, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I got those earrings too; I think they are fabulous. They’re subtle and unusual (who am I kidding, I can never say no to anything shiny!).

    Those boots are really fabulous; I’m sure you’ll wear those a zillion different ways. A 60’s style shift dress would be amazing with them. The photos are really gorgeous, Michelle…. you’ve got your own wind machine like a supermodel :-)

    I’m not a white shirt girl, but this looks like a really lovely version, with such interesting details, as per Finery’s specialty!

    • March 14, 2017 / 9:49 am

      The earring caught my eye and it was a ‘I have to have those’ moment! I have worn the boots to death already! They have to be one of the comfiest I have ever owned.

      It was the detail of the shirt that caught my eye, it’s such brilliant quality!

      As for the wind – it was hard standing upright :)

      Michelle xx

  5. March 14, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    It’s certainly a lovely white shirt. It’s a good idea what you’re doing with your wardrobe at the moment. I’m also on the look out for a decent white shirt but I prefer a softer fabric – I don’t like the idea of a ‘crisp’ white shirt lol!
    You look gorgeous – you certainly don’t look like you’ve put on any weight!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • March 14, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      I know what you mean Suzy, crispness in a shirt is something I adore, but it’s not for everyone. I do hide the fact that I’ve put on weight quite well. Even the people that know me well are surprised :)
      Michelle xx

  6. March 15, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    You look fabulous Michelle (despite what you say about your weight (and I’m rolling my eyes at you!), but I agree about investment pieces. The boots are divine and I love your earrings. I have a different mismatched pair from Finery too and they’re fab! You look healthy and happy Michelle and it’s wonderful to see my friend xxxx p.s. The photos are beautiful xxx

    • March 16, 2017 / 11:55 am

      I do love those mismatched earrings! I do hide the weight quite well, but I am concerned about the health issues it could cause. It was a very windy, cloudy day when we shot, but I think the pics came out quite well.
      Michelle xx

  7. Joanna
    March 16, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    How do I subscribe? Over from Dressed Like Lamb.

    • March 18, 2017 / 7:57 am

      Hi Joanna
      There’s an RSS feed on the top right of the page (where the social buttons are). If you want each post delivered into your inbox there’s now a subscription box on my about page: http://www.thebarefacedchic.co.uk/about-me/ and if you want my newsletter you will be sent it once a month when you download my Midlife Survival Rucksack which is in the footer of every page.
      Thank you so much for wanting to subscribe. I was thinking of playing around with the subscription boxes because I didn’t feel they’re easy enough to see. Thank you for posting this question, it’s made me realise that I need to sort the subscription!
      Thanks for popping over from Catherine (Not Dressed as Lamb), awesome isn’t she?
      Michelle xx

      UPDATE: I received an email from Catherine, and I’ve subscribed you to the posts by email list :)

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