Summer Essentials from Blue Shirt Shop

Behold The Blue Shirt Shop- the love child of DL1961 Premium Denim and... well, shirts.  Why has DL has been so wildly successful with our clients? Could it be that we've finally found the perfect fitting jeans? Or maybe the fact that they are made from the softest blends of denim and lycra, molding to the body with 90% shape retention, creating the most COMFORTABLE pair of jeans as well? Could it also have to do with the fact that their selection of washes and styles are super fashionable making it impossible to own just one pair? Not surprisingly, it's all of these things. And now, they've entered the northern territory of the body with designs to dress you from the top down! 

THE SHIRT DRESS

Both shirt and dress, this sleeveless summer staple has so much to offer. Not only is it completely adorable with it's front pocket and frayed shirttail hem but it's made from ultra soft chambray, which is so light you'll be reaching for it all summer long.  The hidden buttons go all the way down allowing you to wear it on it's own or as a layer.  We have not gotten bored of styling it even tho our favorite way to wear it is just on its own. Of course, we always encourage bringing in the waist so cinch up and slim down with the matching belt! This brings a flattering shape to the denim drape. 

BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Crosby & Broome Denim Dress Available ONLINE & In Store

BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Crosby & Broome Denim Dress Available ONLINE & In Store

Layer this baby with a pop of bold color in something like... lipstick red? This has that summer get together vibe that will have all your friends wishing they looked as stylish and comfortable as you do! If the length on this concerns you, it also looks pretty fabulous as a vest. What? Yes, try a tank and jeans, or shorts and throw this over it- open cardigan style. This works really well for our "supermodel height" clients who always look great in long vests and dusters.  On the other hand, if you are average height or below and have the legs for it, I encourage you to rock it as a dress. You'll love the simple ease and airy weight on hot summer days.

SLEEVELESS WHITE

For more sleeveless fun, we bring you this clean white button down. Bare your shoulders and get sun kissed, it's a classic look with a summer twist! Wear it tucked into your favorite dark washed DLs for that all American look. Remember that with classic staples, quality is key. A white button down is never just a white button down. It's making a statement about you and you want it to say the right thing. Lower quality tops wrinkle or gap in all the wrong places, but Blue Shirt Shop makes sure you have high quality fabrics, soft to the touch so they drape perfectly without excessive creasing or pulling.

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Sleeveless Kent Button Down Top Available ONLINE & In Store

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Sleeveless Kent Button Down Top Available ONLINE & In Store

SLIMMER SUMMER

Paired with DLs Amanda jeans in Porcelain, this becomes a stylish summer ensemble. We just love white in the summer, don't we?  However, you may have just one hesitation to this. I hear it day after day this time of year, "I don't look good in white jeans. They make me look heavy." #sadface While darker jeans tend to "slim"- lighter jeans can make you appear bigger. So if you're not a head on a stick, and you're worried about the illusion of any extra pounds, battle it with this secret ... #fashiontip go monochrome! Why? Because it makes everybody look slimmer and taller instantly.  Dress in one color, head to toe - this produces a strong unbroken vertical line that elongates the body. Use this tip with any color, any occasion and you've got a very powerful slimming tool. Now you have no excuse not to wear this super cute ensemble! 

BUTTON UP OR DOWN ITS UP TO YOU

I know you have one of these and I hope you're not wearing it exclusively to the office. This little white wonder is no longer considered strictly workwear, although it does make a fine one, doesn't it? The Blue Shirt Shop's version is a must have. Like butter on the skin, the fabric has a beautiful finish that stays looking fresh all day long. Use it to create your iconic black and white look like we did here- it looks ultra polished with a skinny black belt over the untucked style! Take this look for a spin next time you want to mix things up.

FREEDOM YOU CAN FEEL

Let's do a complete 180 here and see the white button down in a completely casual setting. Don't be afraid to wear out this color scheme! It shows intention, style and a fun personality! When it's themed attire you're going for, use color blocking rather than prints to keep it looking chic. The distressed denim shorts and red tank are fun loving and the essential white button down is cool and confident. We rolled the sleeves for a more summery feel, but it also balances out the 

PRETTY IN PLAID

Speaking of #ontrend. Are you just loving the boyfriend look? Although we had our hesitation on this trend, we have to admit that it is pretty cute! The trick of making sure you are stylish, rather then just sloppy, seems to heavily rely on the quality and fit of the pieces. Just remember that the boyfriend look has its limits, and there's a time and a place... The Blue Shirt Shop's lightweight plaid button down with some faded DL blue jeans is a great way to nail the Boyfriend Chic look.

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Plaid Button Down Top Available ONLINE & In Store 

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Plaid Button Down Top Available ONLINE & In Store 

DO DISTRESS 

Distressed cutoff shorts. YES. Not only are they super cute, easy to wear and totally lovable, but they also help balance the fabric vs skin equation. Because this plaid shirt has long sleeves, we rolled them and paired it with shorts for a relaxing casual summer trend.  As a alternate to the boyfriendy styles of today's fashionistas, we encourage adding some girly elements. The masculine plaid print is approachable and loveable but tying it up at the waist over a fitted top clinches that fun loving Girl Next Door look! After all, GIRLS RULE! 

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Plaid Button Down Available ONLINE & In Store

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Plaid Button Down Available ONLINE & In Store

IS IT JUST ME OR...

The denim shirt is one of those things that is just a personal style. It's either yours or it's not. You either wear it or you don't, right? I don't know. I never thought the denim shirt was "my thing" until we started carrying the two shades from The Blue Shirt Shop. The more I saw them the more I wanted them. I saw the styling potential after multiple "look of the day" photos incorporating them I soon saw just how essential they really were! This duo of indigo denim shirt and white jeans made me throw my hands in the air and confess, "Okay I love denim shirts!" I just hope they return the affection... 

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Dark Indigo Top Available ONLINE & In Store

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Dark Indigo Top Available ONLINE & In Store

THE PROOF IS PLAIN TO SEE

This is proof that the denim shirt can go totally unconventional and be worn over a sleek black dress. This denim shirt is gaining momentum every time we style it! I love using it as an interesting layer that brings character to an otherwise simple outfit. It looks approachable and classic, but feels amazingly luxurious to the touch. The deep blue is so pretty when paired with either black or white. We have two different washes in this top, and I never can decide which is my favorite, they both style differently and take on different attributes. When you're looking to add color, this is probably your best choice this summer!  

BLEACH CHAMBRAY

It almost makes a convincing substitute for silk, this shirt is that soft. In my "mature" age, there are fewer things more important than comfort and I rate this top way up there! I never want to sacrifice style, so this top is perfect because while it's #ontrend, it's also silky on the skin and easy on the eyes!  The combination of light chambray and over dyed accents give it dimension and a "lived in" look. For high contrast we chose the DL1961 Florence skinny jeans in Neptune- a gorgeous dark wash that really makes those over dyed accents pop! 

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Bleach Chambray Top Available ONLINE & In Store

THE BLUE SHIRT SHOP Mercer & Spring Bleach Chambray Top Available ONLINE & In Store

JOIN THE LIGHT SIDE

Put a fresh spin on it, and go for low to no contrast by layering your light wash denim shirt over white. When it's hot out we reach for our lighter clothing because it reflects rather than absorbs the light, so you don't get quite as hot. While wearing white in the summer is anything but radical, we still feel #ontrend and feminine. And you can't beat this bleach chambray button down from The Blue Shirt Shop. Worn unbuttoned over our smooth white Only Hearts tank adds even more femininity because it enhances your shape underneath, plus it coordinates with the little white buttons! 

FIRECRACKER SAFETY 

 When you look this hot, remember : safety first! Enjoy your long weekend & Happy 4th of July from LIBERTÉ!

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