Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Boyfriend Shirt And The Apple Shape


When I bought this boyfriend shirt from Gap early last spring, I don't think I really looked at it properly when I tried it on.  It was featured at the front of the store on a mannequin underneath the classic trench coat I had specifically gone to purchase and you know me when I spot such a classic look (I fall hook, line and sinker) and with a white shirt hole in my wardrobe (I was going to say gap again) it seemed the perfect time to purchase.


I picked up the XL tried it on, it fitted, I put the mac on, it fitted, I bought both, then when I went to wear the shirt I really wasn't sure and it has taken me all this time to figure out why.
I have put it on a few times over the last year or so and each time I have taken it off and put it back on the hanger.  I don't think my figure is a friend of the boyfriend. One of my daughters bought me a boyfriend style cashmere jumper from The Outnet for my birthday last December and that doesn't do me any favours either if I'm honest, so don't just assume because you are an overweight apple shape that any big and baggy old item will cut the mustard, trust me, it won't.

A Line, swing and tunic shapes remain my best friend when it comes to shirts, tops or jumpers (and dresses) but saying that, if the fabric is soft and drapes well, you will be fine, I have other shirts or blouses that aren't a problem. So in hindsight, could it be proportions, as I am rather short, could it be that the garment is not yet wash softened, remains stiff so doesn't hang well, or that there is too much fabric around the hips where I am a dress size smaller than up top? Who knows, but it has made me cautious of boyfriend styles although I did bite the bullet and wear it out last week, seemed such a waste to keep it hanging there and being from Gap I don't consider it ebay worthy.


Shirt - Gap, old, similar here.
Jeans - M&S,  old, similar here.
Shoes - French Sole, old, similar here.
Sunglasses - Dior, old, similar here.
Bag - Louis Vuitton old, similar here.

How do you get on with the boyfriend style of shirt?

24 comments:

  1. I am not sure about a lot of the 'boyfriend' items on me, whether they are shirts, jeans etc. I feel a bit scruffy in them? I'm an hourglass shape, but I don't think they necessarily flatter me either. I wear actual shirts from my boyfriend sometimes, but I either tie them at the waist so they look cropped (a la Marilyn) or they're what I wear gardening or to the car boot sale! I'd be undecided about that one too. But LOVING the bag and the red pumps! P x

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  2. I'm on the look out for a new white shirt as they are so handy with jeans at this time of year but I'm undecided about the style. I don't think I feel just right in the boyfriend style as they often seem too long on me. I love your red flats - perfect with jeans and a shirt.

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  3. I agree with you, I'm an apple shape too and this style doesn't do me any favours either.
    They just make me look bigger and I also struggle with wearing white as I feel this makes me look top heavy. I would probably keep it wear it with a longer cardy in the winter xx

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  4. I think this actually looks fab on you!

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  5. Have you tried the shirt more unbuttoned Sharron & perhaps with a vest top underneath? It might make a different to how you feel it in as it's a lovely shirt.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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  6. Boyfriend styles do nothing for me & my big boobs either! Although I feel less body-conscious in baggy tops, I've come to realise that fitted styles look so much better on me.....but they do call for more stomach-sucking-in!!

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  7. I too am an overweight apple shape who's short --- And I agree with you on the boyfriend style. It just doesn't cut it for me either. But I would consider wearing one as a cover up (as Jane G suggested) and going for a more casual look. It's a nice shirt at a nice price.

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  8. I am having some trouble with an oversize white shirt from Gap too! I want to wear it out over trews but I think it looks better tucked in but then I feel a bit work-like in it!! I feel your pain Sharron but keep persevering with it.....I know that's what I'm going to do!! xx

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  9. My first though was to open a few more buttons.... I don't mean flashing your bra but with a little cami on underneath......and reading the comments Jane has said the same. I like it especially with the classic combo of jeans and the LV! xx

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  10. Hmnn, A puzzler? In essence it's a classic look....I was wondering if you did a part tuck in, unbuttoned it a bit more at the top, with cami under, maybe one with a bit of lace to soften the look, that that might work? The other problem that I can see is that it's maybe too long for you, so 4" chopped off the length may help? xx

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  11. I think it looks too big on you so you're probably right about the proportion (maybe too long?). I'm 5'1" and anything that hangs down that long on me makes me look bigger. I need more tailored clothing so I can pull off colors, even white. I love the idea, though and your shoes with the slacks - perfect pop of color! Found your blog via Vanessa at luxuria-jewellery. Am liking it a lot!

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  12. The title sounds a bit like a fairly tale Sharron! I'm a bit wary of shirts anyway and only own a handful - I haven't worn a boyfriend style like this for years and I think it just dwarfs me. I think the girls are right up above though re opening up a few buttons. Could you not wear it over swimwear as a casual cover up? xx

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  13. Definitely open the buttons a bit more. I do that to show a bit of skin and relax an outfit. I can't do button ups to the neck as it makes me feel restricted and a little block like - too solid. Turn up the sleeves a little higher too. I find that if I do a loose shirt, I need it to be a little shorter so although I love the idea of the longer shirt, it doesn't work well on me - I've had a shirt taken up before because of the same problem and it definitely feels better on me now. Sometimes, its just an inch or a few cm but it makes a big difference.

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  14. I am not over tall either Sharron so I like to tuck in....gives me extra length. I think if you tucked some in at the front and left the back down this outfit would be fab on you! I also favour tunic dresses,like the Cos ones we bought!
    ~Anne xx

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  15. Thank you ladies, your comments are always appreciated, however, I don't do shirts open any more than this, I don't like showing flesh but I will turn the sleeves up more and wash it loads of times to soften, hopefully it will hang better! ! xx

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  16. I think it just looks too big for you or maybe that there is too much expanse of white? How about a big necklace to break it up a bit? F xx

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    1. It would have to be a bloody necklace wouldn't it lol x Not sure they make any as big as I need! xx

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  17. I totally agree with you. Boyfriend shapes do nothing for me at all. In fact they add bulk. My tummy is always my problem area, and it's taken a while for me to realise that baggy shapes actually make it look worse than it is. I'm also small, so long tops swamp me. I think you'll have to strike this down as one for the charity bag - but as you have so much else that is lovely, you shouldn't feel too bad about it. I should say, that I speak as one who did a mega wardrobe clear out in the last few weeks, so I'm feeling really evangelical at the moment, about dumping stuff that doesn't flatter!

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  18. Fellow apple here, glad I spotted this post. I've really don't suit the boyfriend look either and don't even suit the boyfriend jeans, they look too frumpy. xx

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  19. Another apple shape over here :-) I think it's the extra material that makes it harder to work unlike a tunic and with the swing or A line you get the narrower top half but this shirt is loose all over. I hope once it softens up you get a better hang. I adore crisp white shirts but have the same problem, that's why I resort to knoting them at the waist or hip or elongate into a shirt dress. xxx

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  20. I can't wear most boyfriend styles cos I'm so short and tiny, has to be slim boyfriend style! x

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  21. I think it's the stiff fabric Sharron. Soft body shapes suit soft fluid fabrics. xx

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  22. Another Sharron (2 r's) and another apple shape. I think it's the length that's not right. I'm 5 ft 1 apple shape with my tummy being a mummy tummy. I subscribe to the 'tight' bottom and 'Boxy' top with a long lycra vest underneath. The boy top has to sit just under my tummy that way i'm showing my shape at the bottom and balancing it out iyswim? I think that you need to show more of your legs?

    I really struggle with the fit of any kind of shirt. I have given up!!
    Sharron x

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  23. Im an hourglass so I tend to look best when I pair it with a belt.
    But even though Im tall I find an expanse of too much white is never a good look. Looks great on those very slim Calvin Klein models but just seems to add poundage to normal women.
    I find that it looks better if you leave a good few buttons open at the neckline to open it up a bit too. I think the suggestion of a long necklace would help to focus the eye is a good one too as it breaks up the white.

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