First of all - please excuse the drastic changes in lighting in these photographs - the work ones were taken in the middle of a gorgeous sunrise which was very nice to look at but did also completely bugger up my rushed pre-work photo shoot. SIGH. So many things I love about the onset of winter, the total lack of natural light at normal times of the day is not one of them.
Anyway, lets move on! I'm not entirely sure when it happened, but it seems as though lately I have become a shirt person. I have begun to actively seek out shirts to buy when I am shopping, which would only have happened previously if I was panic buying an outfit for an interview or graduation. Having become a recent convert I was more than keen to accept a challenge from New Look to showcase how versatile their Oxford shirts are. The first part of the challenge was to show that yes, they might be in the Men's section of the New Look website but girls can rock them just as well and the second part was to show how easily they can be dressed up or down.
It turns out that there really isn't any part of this shirt that screams out THIS IS FOR MEN. I was slightly apprehensive that the shoulders would be hanging halfway down my arms but the size small actually fit me better than some of my women's shirts - plus the buttons don't pull or gape at the chest the way they so often end up doing - result! I'm actually very tempted to buy a few more to add to my winter wardrobe - they're a total bargain and they come in some fab autumnal colours.
I don't work somewhere with a hugely strict dress code so for my workwear outfit I teamed the shirt with a chunky dip dye jumper and my very old and battered Topshop leather pencil skirt. Worn under knitwear is the classic way to wear a shirt in the winter and who am I to break with tradition? Plus I do think that jumpers look that tiny bit better when they have a collar peeking out of the neckline.
There were so many options for how to wear the shirt in a more casual way - I toyed with the idea of wearing it loose over a camisole with a pair of leather leggings and also with wearing it buttoned up under a pretty printed pinafore (how's that for alliteration) but eventually I decided to wring a few more wears out of one of my favourite summer dresses by tying the shirt over the top to make it more cold weather friendly. I think this outfit might just be the one I like best out of the two - what do you think?