This is an exciting day! We are bringing you our long-awaited collaboration with Gormley & Gamble, the first women’s only tailors in Savile Row’s history. This is one lucky reader’s opportunity to win a fully bespoke silk shirt worth £200, which means made-to-measure and entirely customised to your taste. No more baring your midriff, cold wrists and poor fit. All you have to do is put your email address in the box below and we will pick a winner at the end of September!
It’s hard enough for most people to find beautiful, classic pieces that fit perfectly and will stand the test of time. But when you’re tall like us – Zoe is 6′ and I am 6’1 – finding these things becomes almost impossible. As Phoebe Gormley, founder of Gormley & Gamble, said when we interviewed her: “The main motivation for seeking tailored pieces is probably fit. So many of our customers are tired of trawling the high-street for ill- fitting, poor quality garments. We’ll work with them to design pieces that flatter and fit all the right places, advising on cut, shape and drape of fabrics. We have a few very clever tricks up our sleeves!“. Read the inspiring, full interview here.
Hannah’s Bespoke Silk Shirt
My shirt is a beautiful blue grey silk with grey shell buttons to match. I chose a classic fully buttoned up design but finished with a beautiful pussy bow and intricate monogrammed cuff. I opted not to have buttons on the cuff, as I have a pair of my wonderful late father’s heart cufflinks – and they are the perfect partner to this stunning tailored shirt.
Zoe’s Bespoke Silk Shirt
In contrast, Zoe chose a pale pink silk in a half-placket design with two false buttons. She opted for a more minimal style with a collarless v-neck and buttoned cuffs. These basic descriptions do not do justice to the array of questions we had from Phoebe about how we would like to customise the shirt. You really can have anything you want and Gormley & Gamble will do a wonderful job of talking you through all of the options.
How To Style A Silk Shirt
Silk shirts might naturally hang in the corporate regions of our wardrobes, but this is to undervalue the versatility of these beautiful garments. It is a false economy to save up your luxury items for special occasions. To get the best cost-per-wear, roll out your favourite clothes as often as you can. Fair enough, maybe not if you’re going dancing in Fabric or to watch your kids on the playing field, but otherwise don’t be afraid. To make this point – also because we have both retired from the corporate world – Zoe and I decided to style our bespoke silk shirts for OOO (Out Of Office) attire.
I chose to wear my bespoke silk shirt with a leather skirt from Jigsaw and suede ankle boots from L.K.Bennett, contrasting the femininity of the silk shirt with hardier textures and materials. Jigsaw is nailing it at the moment. In the past, I rarely walked past a shop and felt inspired to go in. But I went to their Duke Street store a few weeks ago and wanted to buy everything. Beautiful tailoring, clean and sophisticated lines and great length in most things. Oh and some beautiful colours, more of which we will show in coming weeks. I am hooked.
Zoe chose to downplay the smartness of her blouse with these fabulous and very on trend pyjama-style trousers from Zara and a pair of Jimmy Choo pointed flats. On the subject of Zara, they have a great collection of extremely long palazzo pants that are perfect for tall girls, so take a look. Both bags are from the Lockett collection by Jimmy Choo.
Win Your Own Bespoke Silk Shirt
Well, Dear Readers, we’ve done our best to demonstrate the wonderful versatility of a bespoke silk shirt. Now it’s time to put your email in the box below for a shot at winning your very own tailor-made item. GOOD LUCK!
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Clothes curated by Emily Giffard-Taylor of Bees & Taylor.
Hair by Craig Clarke at Stil Salon.