My spring closet clean-out, organization and assessment of gaps revealed to me that I could use a couple of a classic that is actually a hybrid: the tailored boyfriend button-up shirt.
Whether you choose to tuck it entirely, French-tuck it, or leave it entirely un-tucked, the tailored boyfriend style offers movement with grace, classic structure with comfortable ease and versatility.
While I have worn the two I currently have from Shirtini to work and for errands, I also have worn them while gardening. Initially, this may sound excessive – why dress well for gardening? But, hear me out.
I had the good fortune of living across the street from the most well-coiffed garden for four years while living in my rental in Bend. The woman behind the garden was a 70-year-old master green-thumb who was regularly outside (morning, evening, but never the height of the heat early afternoon during the summer). What was she wearing? Collared button-up shirts, sleeves rolled, comfortably straight-leg denim and her garden hat. Sometimes a jacket was necessary, but her trusted go-to gardening uniform included the button-up. Often untucked as the top was tailored and still allowed movement, and always long enough to enable her to reach, bend-down, stretch, etc. comfortably.
I took note. Granted, when I know I am going to get dirty for the BIG projects, I wear grubby clothes, but I have started to wear my collared shirt over jeans (and am now searching for some cotton-khaki and navy pants as well), don my gardening hat, slip on my wellies and get to work.
In an effort to demonstrate the versatility and classic nature of the boyfriend button-up (some are more tailored than others), I have pulled some images for inspiration. I have also shopped a few items for you at the end of the post. (Click on any of the images to be redirected to the original source.)
SHOP BOYFRIEND SHIRTS below: