“ Paul Smith Black / Type: T-Shirt „
Like most girls I love clothes, and I have quite a long wish list of items with online retailer www.my-wardrobe.com as they have a fantastic range of designer clothes, shoes and accessories. I shop fairly regularly with my-wardrobe.com and have reaped the benefits of their rewards programme. Not only do they offer reward points which can be exchanged for money off against your next purchase, but if you collect a certain amount of reward points you then receive further privileges such as discount codes, prize draw entry, free shipping and sale previews. This floral scoop neck t-shirt is from the Black label range by Paul Smith and the RRP is £99.00. I ended paying ~£80 thanks to one of my discount codes, which is still very expensive for a t-shirt, but I feel it's justifiable in this case as I'll explain below...
Product description: "Digital floral prints were one of the season's biggest catwalk trends and this sumptuously soft jersey t-shirt is a versatile way to buy into the trend. This will look effortlessly chic with your favourite denim and is perfect for the weekend. Multicoloured floral print stretch jersey t-shirt featuring a scoop neck and short sleeves."
I rarely ever wear T-shirts and I usually hate floral patterns, so in theory I wouldn't have even looked twice at this floral scoop neck t-shirt. But in this case there was something different about it that caught my eye and I really liked the design and the simple styling of the model's outfit. Some floral patterns can be quite fussy and girly, but these florals are quite bold and artsy looking with what I think of as a sort of watercolour painting effect. The flowers are made up of pretty soft pastel and neutral shades against a dark mossy green and brown background. I really like the combinations of colours as this means the floral design is feminine but not overly girly and it is very easy to wear. In the spring and summer I have worn this with lighter shades of beige and tan to pick up on the pale colours of the flowers, and now for the autumn and winter seasons I am starting to wear it with khaki, brown and black to pick up on the darker colours of the background. It is incredibly versatile and I have worn this in many situations as it is so comfortable and can be styled up or down depending if I want to wear it on a lazy weekend, or dress it up for work.
The cut of this t-shirt top is tailored to fit and flatter the female form. It does not have the standard bulky T - shape and instead has been refined to look more elegant. It has quite a deep scoop neck and cute little cap sleeves to balance out the neckline. The fabric has a smooth soft feel to it that is luxurious against the skin. It is extremely stretchy, so it clings in all the right places and then skims down over the waist and hips. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the t-shirt has a nice long length, and falls down to cover over my hip bones. I am a tall girl with a long back, and I really appreciated that this top has a flattering length. It means that I can wear this untucked with trousers and jeans, and it gives a nice casual look. I also like to wear it as it is shown in the picture above, styled with a fitted skirt and tucked in to give a more polished, smart look.
This T-shirt is made from 94% viscose, 6% elastane, and the label recommends to use a cool machine wash. I always do my laundry on a 30 degree setting as it is more environmentally friendly and doesn't agitate delicate fabrics. This t-shirt is a high quality piece and the fabric comes up beautifully after each wash. I have worn and washed this frequently, and it is still in excellent condition. Due to the drapey, stretchy nature of the fabric there is also the added bonus that it simply does not crease. Any folds fall out of the material and it looks perfect without requiring ironing, which is great for me, being a lazy mare that only irons clothing for special occasions!
I can highly recommend this floral scoop neck t-shirt. It's an expensive purchase, but one that has been well worth it. I have worn this top at least once a week since I first purchased it at the end of April. Based on the price I paid (around £80) and the number of wears (23 at least) this means that the cost per wear works out to approximately just under £3.50 (£3.48 to be precise!), which makes it seem much more reasonable! I love this t-shirt and it was an excellent introduction to the Paul Smith brand. There have been some gorgeous looking Paul Smith t-shirts released for this season, and I will most certainly be investing in them based on how much I have enjoyed wearing this one.