I was recently invited by shirt tailors TM Lewin to take part in a slightly unusual blogger challenge / photoshoot. While most of these kind of opportunities involve trends, high fashion pieces or tricky-to-wear items, this one concerned something a lot more classic - the white shirt.


As part of TM Lewin's Iconic White Shirt campaign, a group of bloggers were asked to pick out a white shirt from the collection and accessorize it to suit their style. I have to admit that despite it's 'iconic' status, the white shirt is not exactly a wardrobe staple for me, so this was definitely a challenge! I wore one every day in my teens (it was part of my school uniform and my work uniform) so suffered a bit of overkill, and since then, I've never really owned one.

But there's definitely some truth in the idea that a crisp white shirt suits everyone, and putting one back on all these years later, I'm surprised how versatile and flattering it is. TM Lewin's ladies shirts are well-tailored to fit properly, and the one I wore - the Plain Herringbone Fitted Double Cuff Shirt (£37.50) - fit well without gaping or any excess fabric. It also has an extra-long body so it doesn't come untucked (though my super-tight elasticated belt also ensured that).


To make it my own, I rolled up the sleeves, unbuttoned the collar and went for a bit of a retro-inspired look, tucking it into a pencil skirt, adding a super-wide belt and sparkly costume jewellery to make it a bit more glam. Marilyn Monroe I am not, but I am far more comfortable using the shirt in this way than I would be buttoning it all the way up for an androgynous look or going casual with denim. I just wish you could see my shoes - they were killer sequin covered KG by Kurt Geiger heels!


Thanks to the team at TM Lewin for inviting me to be part of this campaign. The shoot was great fun and it was great to try something I would never normally wear. I only wish I had a makeup artist and hair stylist to do this to me every day...

You can see more blogger looks from the shoot over at Really Ree and Fab Frocks (and there are more to come).