British tailoring smarts in a Cali-made shirt
We?re all about streamlining our wardrobe--the perfect black pants, J Brand jeans and a skinny tee. And now we can add the platonic ideal of a button-front shirt from new label California Tailor.
English-born designer Gill McLean learned her tailoring skills at a Brit fashion school, then got hip to the American sensibility as a designer in the Ohio HQ of Abercrombie & Fitch, where button-front shirts were a major part of her repertoire. Since moving to sunny Los Angeles a year ago, she?s been inspired to build a collection around the perfect tailored shirt ($168)--one that?s roomier than our former favorite J. Crew number.
Here, the glory is in the details: Shirttails are a bit longer to cover the top of your bum. Side seams end in reinforced gussets (which look fancy and are really sturdy). Fabrics range from a premium Japanese striped cotton to an über-happy Liberty of London floral.
Guilty confession: We?ve been wearing the vertical stripe top around the clock. It feels as soft as our favorite pajamas, and the artful puckered finish never looks too wrinkled. Take our advice--order two, so you?ll be able to get a washing in.