Tuesday, 26 February 2013

High Street vs. High End - Silk Shirts

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Last year I picked up a lovely floral silk shirt from the Warehouse sale and found that it was the perfect item for a warm day. Since then I have been keeping an eye out for more silk shirt bargains but sadly there aren't very many to be found. However after seeing many a beautiful silk shirt featured in Hart of Dixie I thought they would be a great product to feature in the 'High Street vs. High End' series.

First up let's talk high street and what better place to start my search than Topshop. Arguably the most popular high street brand Topshop are great at producing high end inspired pieces which (whilst often still at the higher-priced end of high street!) are much more affordable for the average person. This blue and white floral print shirt is from their Boutique range and is the priciest piece from my high street picks. What makes it particularly unique is the collarless style, and whilst this one definitely isn't for me I think it would look good paired with a black skinny jean. Next up is a bright and bold floral number from Oasis which has plain black detailing on the collar, cuffs and concealing the buttons. Again, this isn't very me (I don't do orange!) but would also pair well with black jeans for a daytime or evening look. Finally this blue ombre style from Warehouse, my personal favourite and the cheapest of the three, finishes off my high street picks nicely. Although it could still be dressed up, the ombre gives it a slightly more casual feel which would be great for everyday wear in the summer months. The pocket detailing also adds something extra and makes the shape and style more similar to high end designs.

 Overall I would say that the high end designers are victorious when it comes to silk shirts, I have only picked out three here to show you but there were so many options to choose from (many more than on the high street!). My first pick is a fine stripe detailed blouse in blush, red and black by Proenza Schouler which is ridiculously expensive at £525. I'll admit I was swayed by the pale seafoam colour of the Alexander Wang shirt but the classic cut and large pocket detailing make this, in my opinion, the most wearable of the bunch. My final choice is a boldly printed monochrome shirt by Equipment, a brand that has been on my radar since the very beginning episodes of Hart Of Dixie where Rachel Bilson often sports their shirts. Although they have a huge range of colours and prints I went with this one as it is not only bang on trend with its' monochrome colour scheme but also incorporates another trend - the print is actually made up of tiny stud designs!

Who do you think does silk shirts best?
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