Anyone who has ever hunted for the perfect shirt/blouse hybrid will have inevitably stumbled across the french brand Equipment.
(Sophie transparent stripe blouse, My-Wardrobe.com, £104)
Originally set up in the 70s by Christian Restoin, his focus was introducing the classic tailoring of the mens shirt to a female audience. Taking inspiration from 50s movie stars such as Lauren Bacall, combined with french sophistication, Equipment shirts became a firm fashion staple in the wardrobes of stylish women in the 80s. Having disappeared from our conscience somewhat, the brand resurfaced back in 2010, bringing a whole new generation the joy of their signature silk blouses in a wide range of colours!
My current favourites are the patterned shirts they have released for Spring – with spots, stripes and flowers. However the original block colour shirts continue to be bestsellers due to the diverse combinations of outfits they can be paired with. This is great when you need to be on form for an important business lunch or just look the part on a date. No other shirts compare – they have completely nailed the stylish, understated french look which every woman wants to achieve. Génial!
(Signature Two Pocket Square Print Shirt, ASOS, £275)