The shirt, a timeless piece of clothing every wardrobe should have and the lifesaver item I turned to when I first started breastfeeding. Those early days when you need to see the baby latch on correctly (or risk the pain when the hungry angel does it themselves) as well as keep your top out of the way with your chin all while trying to cover your dignity with a muslin were a minefield. Unbuttoning a shirt downwards felt like half the battle was won and being able to wear clothing that wasn’t preceded with ‘nursing’ or ‘maternity’ was a god send after months of wearing the same pieces over and over.
The beauty of our non-defined seasons (if there was such a thing) and blurred weather is the fashion love in for the blue and white stripe shirt has transcended seamlessly from summer into autumn making it a worthy investment. A break from the white shirt (something I wouldn’t dare to wear currently with an 8 month old) but equally as smart, this version looks great when teamed quite simply with a pair of jeans and flat shoes and when the weather cools layer up with a polo neck underneath and boots.
Since I have stopped breastfeeding I have also discovered it is perfect for days when you fancy dressing up. (Read: those days when you get a full night’s sleep and actually have the energy to make the effort.) However, the fact that there is something about this stripe that reminds me of pyjamas is also somewhat ironic given the lack of sleep I have endured!
As ever the clever High Street has a many to offer each with a little update to suit different tastes. The mannish cut shirt from the WAH collaboration with ASOS.com is finished with pearl buttons and Zara’s embellished shirt is perfect if you fancy mixing your prints. Not forgetting the classicist there’s the straight-forward stripe from Boden in girl or boy cut depending how you like your fit.
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