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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

AnnMarie O'Connor-Stylist & fashion blogger:

According to her website: -

"I've been a style writer for more years than is fashionable to mention. Suffice to say I have worked with the likes of The Irish Examiner, RTE, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Trace, Image, IF, The Dubliner, The Irish Independent, Prudence, and interviewing designers, chasing trends, styling, profiling and lying about my spiralling shoe habit. My mantra-burn the tracksuit honey and learn to walk in a pair of damn heels. Life's too short not to look tall and fabulous. Mwah! Lovin' your work. Xxx"

Annmarie is a freelance fashion writer, blogger and personal stylist. Her credits include The Irish Examiner, Elle, Dazed and Confused, Image, Trace, IF, The Irish Independent, and

Over the past 8 years she has interviewed the likes of Terry de Havilland, Zandra Rhodes and Ben de Lisi, and has gained a cult following with her blog: I Blog Fashion which is being made into a book. She is also the organiser of the monthly Fashion Bloggers' Brunch events in Dublin

According to :-

The crisp, white button-down shirt is a wardrobe essential, along with the LBD, the black blazer, the beige trench and the black trousers:-

"The white button-down shirt should fit you well. At first glance, your white shirt may look no different than the one your husband or boyfriend wears under his suits, but yours is made and cut specifically for a woman. It should be flattering and accentuate your best features.

You can wear a white shirt on its own, tucked in or out, under a sweater, under a jacket, or as part of a suit. Keep the following things in mind as you decide on your white shirt:

. Style: The more expensive shirts look a little dressier and need to be pressed (otherwise, they look messy), but if you're buying only one, a dressier shirt is the way to go because it's more versatile. If you have a great waist, buy a fitted shirt; if not, buy one that is cut straight.

Less fancy shirts are also an option if you're planning to wear the shirt only as casual dress. This type is good with jeans or tied at the waist over a bikini, for example. These shirts aren't as structured and don't need to be pressed.

. Material: Whether dressy or more casual, the white shirt is generally made of cotton. If you can, go for combed cotton, which means that longer fibers were used; these fibers are stronger and give the material a more luxurious appearance.
Many shirts designed for office wear are made of cotton in an oxford weave. Although a comfortable type of cotton, these types of shirts don't wear as well, and tend to pill at the collar and cuffs. Cotton broadcloth is sturdier and resists soiling.

. Construction: Because your collar is usually at eye level, make sure it's sewn properly. Women's button-down shirts don't generally have actual buttons on the collar that button down to the shirt, so make sure there are no puckers in the material and that it lays flat. "


Prices/Stockists/Relevant Information:

Outfit 1:-

Necklace, €32, Urban Outfitters
White Shirt, Day Birger & Mikkelsen Brown Thomas €129
Khaki trousers, €47, Oasis
Wooden clutch, €135, French Connection
Sandals, €99, Topshop

Outfit 2:-

Panama hat, €33, Topshop
White Shirt, French Connection €65
Belt, €27, River Island
Suede Satchel, €79.95, Zara
Khaki Trousers, €29.95, Zara
Shoes, €17.50, River Island

Outfit 3:-

White Shirt, Zara €19.95
Clutch, €80, French Connection
Bracelets, €21, Topshop
Khaki shorts,€49.95, Zara
Sandals, €95, French Connection