Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Boyfriend Shirt

By Laura Medina
The Boyfriend Shirt in Dylan in Light Blue
Ever admire your dad's, your brother's, or your boyfriend's/husband's button-down shirts enough to steal it?
Want to copy the allure of a Fifties' screen goddess wearing a man's shirt or desire to wear "Man Men's" Don Draper's sex appeal on your back?
Maybe, you always appreciate the clean, classic lines of menswear and wish you could adapt them to your wardrobe.
But, only to be disappointed when they don't fit right. Too tight in certain spots while too baggy in other places. Oh, the sleeves are too long and the cuffs too wide.
Instead of being seductive, you look sloppy because they were never meant to be worn on a woman's curvy figure but a man's straight physique. Bummer.
Jess Zaino, co-host of Style Network’s "Modern Girls Guide to Life", felt the same way.
She paired up with Scott Evan Wasserberger, a third-generation tailor whose clients includes the members of the cast from "The Sopranos."
They both share the same point-of-view that women should also have this closet classic with the same impeccable fabrication, buttons, and seams but construction with a better fit that flows along a woman's sinuous torso, waist, and hips.

The Boyfriend Shirt in Joseph in Pink

They feel women deserve the same respect men get from tailored shirts.

Using the same cool, crisp 100% Italian cotton broadcloth from the stocks of Dormeuil, Loro Piana, and Thomas Mason fabrics, Jess and Scott finish up the detailing with Mother of Pearls buttons on the placket.

They kept the accents of a classic man's work shirt with softer tailoring, spread collar with stay packets, double button barrel wide cuff with machine angled edge, and single needle, super small stitching.

The Boyfriend Shirt in David in White

The Boyfriend Shirt are named according to color and accents.

The construction is basically the same except the pink shirt is named, "Joseph" while the white shirt is named, "David."

The "Dylan" has the special distinction of having white cuffs and collar sewn onto a blue shirt.

The Boyfriend Shirt is not "tomboy cool."

But, Jess and Scott took something androgynous then made it uniquely feminine seductive.

Now, here's something you can take from boardroom to bedroom without stealing from his closet.

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