Sometimes I like to play with new garments, to see how they are going to work out with things I already have; sometimes with an old garment to revisit it, and see how it's holding up.
This shirt falls into the latter category. I made it using a men's shirt pattern Burda 7767, of deep olive linen and with carved brass buttons, and first posted it here. I really loved the slouchy easy vibe of the military trend and added lots of little details like arrow-head tabs, flaps and pin-tucked pockets to make my shirt look as much like an army shirt as possible. Is the military trend on the way out? Oh well. I still absolutely love my shirt. It helps that casual and grunge-y is my all-time thang, and that khaki is one of my best colours :))
This is such an easy garment to have and to wear. It is linen, and I don't even iron it. Ever. Yes I'm serious!! It's supposed to look crinkly!
I've worn it several times here on my blog already, and for today tried to mix it up in a few new ways.... and yes, the fact that I have worn it loads of different ways already and can easily come up with a whole host of completely new ensembles incorporating this shirt... oh, did somebody say "way too many clothes"...? ;)
Ahem, without further ado.
Below left; the casualness of the design combined with the airiness of linen makes the shirt a perfect pairing for shorts on a hot summer's day. At right; I really love the look of a slouchy man-style shirt blousing out over the top of a high-waisted pencil skirt. I wore this outfit last week sometime. Hmmm, looking at this I've realised it is pretty rare for me to actually show any of my handbags in my photos, would you prefer to see the whole ensemble including the handbag in future daily outfit photos? Please let me know....
Below at left: yes it does go nicely with my new capris as well... this is another outfit I wore last week. I adore this safari colour mix of khaki, beige and black too. At right; worn as a "jacket" to grunge down a slightly dressy, more winter-y ensemble. I wore this exact outfit once or twice over the winter just gone.
Below left; it looks a touch smarter when belted, over a little skirt and with my slouchy boots. Seriously, the colour khaki goes with all the colours in my wardrobe... I had trouble picking out just one of my skirts for this look. Middle; another winter-y but casual ensemble, with jeans and boots. I really did enjoy wearing the shirt as a sorta jacket like this during the cooler months. Truth be told; being linen it didn't add much warmth but I just liked the look of it! At right; a sludgy and neutral foil to bright bright bright blue. Incidentally, this last outfit is the one I am wearing today...
I'm sure you can count, and have probably noticed that there are seven different ways here, not six. Sorry, I just got carried away and then I couldn't narrow it down!! So yah, seriously. I sure hope the military trend sticks around for just a bit longer!