The shirt – a wardrobe staple | Style Not Age June challenge

The shirt - a wardrobe staple Gibson & Birkbeck blue jay feather shirt

A classic shirt is a wardrobe staple, one of those versatile pieces that looks great worn so many different ways. It may come as a surprise, but I actually don’t own many shirts, so I was really looking forward to this month’s challenge. It was Jacqui’s turn to choose the theme for June, so when Jacynth from the-Bias-Cut.com generously asked if we’d like to collaborate for this month’s challenge Jacqui thought it would be fun for us to each style a shirt from the Gibson & Birkbeck range.

Being a bird lover this blue jay feather shirt really appealed to me; coincidentally, I had a jay in my garden last week – only the second time I’ve seen one here.

When I met up with Jacynth last year I cooed over the gorgeous Gibson & Birkbeck shirts, particularly the bird print ones. In fact I almost bought one, but the yellow coat was just calling my name and I had to be very disciplined with my budget (not like me at all!). Having seen them firsthand and felt the quality of the material I knew I would absolutely love this shirt. For size reference I’m wearing a 10; I would usually order a 12 but I followed the sizing advice and sized down for a more fitted waist. It’s quite a neat fit across the bust but I prefer that to being too loose everywhere else.

Being a bird lover this blue jay feather shirt really appealed to me; coincidentally, I had a jay in my garden last week – only the second time I’ve seen one here. I’ve been lucky enough to see a couple at the wildlife hospital where I volunteer, and they really are beautiful birds. The bright blue in the jay’s plumage is exquisite, so I decided to pick up on that with my accessories.

The shirt - a wardrobe staple Gibson & Birkbeck blue jay feather shirt

I like the contrast between the white background and dark feathers, so I chose dark jeans to allow the bright blues to stand out. The leaf print on my shoes continues the nature theme and matches my bag. I also chose blue sunglasses and feather earrings that I dug out of my jewellery box. I adore feathers and often collect any that the birds at the wildlife hospital shed – I have some from a raven, swan, buzzard and an eagle owl, which are my favourite…my husband thinks I’m bonkers!

The-Bias-Cut.com’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces.

Regular readers may already know about the-Bias-Cut.com and it’s owner Jacynth. I’ve featured the Emile Vidal Carr yellow coat on the blog twice before here and here. Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The-Bias-Cut.com’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces. The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. You can read more about The Bias Cut here, and some of you may already be members of Jacynth’s Facebook group Ageism Is Never In Style.

Shirt c/o the-bias-cut.com | Butt I Love You Jeans (from TKMaxx) | Isabelle Jaquelin shoes | Eternal Collection necklace c/o (first seen here) | Asos sunglasses

 

And here’s how Hilda, Jacqui and Anna styled their shirts…

Hilda and Jacqui chose the same shirt…great minds think alike, right? Hilda actually styled her shirt two different ways – visit Over the Hilda to see all the details.

I’m very envious of Jacqui’s ability to wear white jeans and not instantly get them dirty like I would! The pink belt and red clutch finish off the outfit perfectly. You can read all about it at Mummabstylish.

Anna chose the stunning dandelion print shirt and paired it with some fabulous trousers. Head over to Anna’s Island Style to see the shirt close up – it is so beautiful.

 

So that’s it for another month! Many thanks to Jacynth for gifting us these stunning shirts. Why not pop over to the-bias-cut.com for a look and let me know which one is your favourite!

This is where I link up!

 

Disclaimer: I was gifted the shirt in exchange for a review. My opinions are completely honest and unbiased. 

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8 Comments

  1. June 25, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I always pick up feathers when I find them, too! And shells and stones and driftwood and…you get the picture 🙂

    I love this feather print blouse. I used to love wearing blouses but I rarely find one anymore that’s a good fit on this generous bod 🙂

    I’m gonna go check out the bias-cut.com!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

  2. June 25, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I love feather accessories, so this shirt is really appealing to me! Lovely serie!

  3. June 25, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Your shirt is gorgeous Emma, and really looks fabulous with your dark jeans. Great challenge eh Emma?
    Have a super week. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  4. June 25, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    This is my favourite shirt from the brand! Love the print and styled to perfection Emma xx

  5. June 26, 2018 / 5:18 am

    All of these prints are so effective aren’t they Emma? I love this one on you, but equally like the pink fishnet version too – what a lovely lot of temptation!

    Anna x

  6. June 26, 2018 / 10:58 am

    I think you all look fab but my favourite shirt has got to be yours because I also love birds and feathers! LOVE those shoes too, Emma 🙂
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  7. June 29, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Emma
    What a beautiful and well thought out outfit! I love the accessories, that you highlighted the blue and let the beautiful shirt stand out against your dark jeans. Love those shoes, with the color and feathers, just perfect! These shirts look to be of great quality! Love everyone’s choices!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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