Hi everyone,
After finalising my build-your-own capsule wardrobe segment, I thought I would continue the conversation by talking about some of my own wardrobe staples and some perfect shirts for the layering weather.
These shirts will be easily integrated into your own wardrobe as they are practical, versatile and most of all beautiful. In the warmer Spring-time weather, light layers are your friend, and these linen shirts are the perfect breezy outer-layer to complete any outfit.
Personally, I like a flowy shirt to wear over my favourite tank tops to keep cool and maintain my personal style in higher temperature days.
My personal go-to is the Parker Shirt.
This is an extra-long curved hem button up shirt composed of a semi-sheer textured linen. Some of you may not have tried a long-line Shirt before, but we create these Shirts as we find this cut elongates the body as the placket draws your eye up and down.
It also has a D-ring fastening to cinch in the waist to slim down the silhouette which is my personal favourite feature, however I understand that doesn't suit all body shapes.
If your body doesn't suit highlighting the waistline, you can loosely fasten the strap to the back or simply leave the waist strap hanging to the side as a feature.
There is a D-ring closure at the neck in addition to the waist to create an alternate fastening option for the collar.

It is somewhat vampire-esque with the collar flipped up and the D-Ring tightened which I believe creates a unique look that simultaneously expresses confidence which is a good thing for me. The shirt also has side seam pockets and feature front chest patch pockets.

To get wear out of this piece all year round, wear it open over one of our Crews or layer a Vest or knitted sweater over it.
This shirt I wear is a size 2 and it can be found HERE.
The next few shirts which are all newer additions in-store are all in a washed linen. This linen maintains that beautiful balance between heavy and lightweight while also Having an incredible flow-with-movement.
The YOKE SHIRT cut is a boxy-oversized fit shirt in a superior linen.
 It features a slight dropped shoulder, and has an oversized external yoke-panel detail at the back.
The extra back detail really frames the shoulders and back nicely and it is quite a flattering silhouette. While being somewhat simpler, it can serve as an easy throw-on layer for a more toned-down day. It also comes in three colours; Black, White and Khaki (pictured above).
I take a size 2 and it can be found HERE.
In this same fabric is the MARION SHIRT.
This cut is one of my favourite designs that we do here at Et Al.
The oversized front-facing drape panels allow for a waterfall-like drapery at the front of the body for a really unique silhouette.
We have cut this design in various fabrics over the years as it really is a flattering design, especially for those wanting to disguise the stomach area.
It has neat fitting shoulders and a modestly cut upper to maintain a focal point on the drape-detail. The hem is extra-long on this one and works perfectly as a shirt for any occasion. The frontal panels can also be buttoned together to create a cowl-neck closure for an alternative styling option. Finally, the shape and silhouette can be tailored by the belt-fastening at the waist to cinch or widen the body.
If you like this cut, it also comes in a stripe, the BREEZE DRAPE SHIRT.
I love the subtle all-over stripe as it brings an extra edge to a perfectly wonderful shirt. I take a size 2 and although it is a neater fit, it runs very true to size for sizes 1-6, so taking your regular size should work for you!  It can be found HERE.
In the same stripe as the BREEZE DRAPE SHIRT is the BREEZE YOKE SHIRT but in the inverted colourway and in a slightly subtler silhouette.
 Like previously, I take a size 2 in this garment.
Last but not least we have the UTILITY SHIRT.
This one comes in the same cut as the JOHNSON POCKET SHIRT but in the beautiful linen the previously mentioned have been composed of.

It has external patch pockets which can be attached asymmetrically via the central button closure. The pockets have D-ring detailing and tabs for a utilitarian aesthetic.

The actual shirt is cut boxy and oversized for a relaxed fit and is a perfect daily wearer with the added functional chest pockets. I take a size 2 in this garment and you can find it HERE.
I hope you enjoyed perusing my article as much as I love writing about these wonderful garments and pieces.
If any catch your attention please contact me via email, or with any other styling queries.
Have a wonderful day,
Your friend,