Reiss 1971: 1 Workwear-staple Secured.

September 1, 2009
Too often it transpires that after an arduously long trek around the city in search of just one item I return to the flat empty-handed. After a rather rude awakening brought on by a harsh, unerring look at my wardrobe, I realised much of what I wear is ill-fitting or just never worn. Thus, in an attempt to put an end to the madness I took someone’s advice and decided shopping-excursions were reserved for when I actually needed to shop. Just yesterday I embarked on one of the aforementioned treks, hopeful that I’d pick up a denim shirt somewhere that wasn’t: a) too faded, b) too 90s or (surely worst of all…) c) too bloody expensive.

Had another rude awakening following nips-in to H&M, Zara (theirs wasn’t all that shabby but it still didn’t scream “BUY ME!” at a volume off the decibel scale), River Island and TK Maxx – ‘c’ (see above) was not going to be a condition satisfied. I was forced to Reiss, where the below literally caught my eye as I entered (well it and the v. fierce, flame-haired sales assistant who, thankfully, encouraged me to try the shirt on…). It’s from the recently launched capsule-collection Reiss 1971 that’s set to bring more casual, youth-focused clothing to the Reiss market so think the usual top quality and simple silhouettes in younger, less employee-of-an-office styles (denim, and lots of it, basically). €89 the poorer, but another wardrobe-staple secured for AW. A dent in the wallet somewhat mitigated, I reckon.

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^ Shirt by Reiss, Belt by Carolyn Massey for Topman, Jeans (ripped shoddily by me in a fit of “I, too, can do clothes-customisation” enthusiasm) by Gap, Socks by Pierre Cardin, Shoes by Topman, Blazer (below) by Junk de Luxe.

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PS. Considering this shirt is probably the first garment that’s made me deliriously chuffed in a while I’m thinking denim shirts could be the sartorial endorphins – suggestions for more styles at other stores are thus more than welcome.
PPS. Pics taken in the new flat which features tackkky chandeliers, a cheap print film noir-esque print above the fireplace and a black-and-white-tiled bathroom-floor. I ask you, what more could you want?
Addendum: For your pleasure – the aforementioned in pictures…

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  • Lynn and Horst September 1, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    so now i wanna see the interior

  • Cillian September 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ^ On it, I'll post a link tomorrow./

  • ana September 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    i like this LOTS. all of it, but especially the shirt! brilliant stuff!

  • Anonymous September 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love the takkkkkkkky chandeliers!From C.

  • blanaid September 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Love the outfit, and I want to see interior images too! x

  • Anonymous September 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    when are those topshop shoes from?i love them!and i like the b&w tiles

  • Mat September 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    oh yeah ive seen this shirt in reiss a couple of times now, i really liked it, the material seemed nice and soft too. i have a couple of denim shirts, my fav being a mid blue grandad style collar one from topman i got in the sale for £10. looks great on you.

  • Ursula September 6, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Love the pics, you look grrreat! Now I know why you wanted a denim shirt.It all makes perfect google adsense!

  • Cillian September 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Much thanks all.Anon: You know I'm not entirely sure…at least a year ago anyway.Mat: £10…? £10!?!? Envy doesn't describe the feeling…Urs: Haha, well not quite. I actually strolled into Zara a few days after and spotted a near-identical one for a third of the price. Ugh./

  • Blank Label September 14, 2009 at 2:37 am

    i used to talk about how I hated denim tops, but recently I have seen soft denim tops that are spins off of the traditional "blue-collar" shirts, and i really like them. I am totally in love with this shirt here! it's got a sweet shine and looks comfortable.thanks for sharing the pics.