>> How to describe the ins and outs of a party shirt?  I find this fairly difficult without sounding like a horrid judgemental bitch.  Oh well, I'll just plough on seeing as evidently I eat my words anyway.  The party shirt.  Beloved by men folk who feel the need to buy a different shirt each week to venture into town on the pull (i.e. cruising for chicks) much like girls need a new sparkly halter neck top to catch their prey.  Why is it called a party shirt?  "It's loud and garish and you'd never wear it anywhere that wasn't dark, sweaty with thumping music in the background."  Steve's words not mine.  You're mistaken if you think this fairly tasteful party shirt selection on ASOS is a true representation of the typical men's party shirt.  Like the novelty tie, the accompanying party shirt are more than likely to go to the butt end of fabric selections – horrid florals, shiny two tone fabrics where sweat patches are likely to show up in prominent places and terrifying geometrics designed to catch the disco ball light that is inevitably above.

My only line of defence in being able to venture out in the female equivalent of the party shirt, is that I'm not a beer belching man, who's on the mission for a rohypnol-filled night out.  Still, I fully own up to being brutally loud and garish with these reissued Versace print and Louise Gray abstract shirts.  They join a whole rack of 'party shirts' that are terrifyingly unleashed in broad daylight, beyond the dark and dank nightclub.  What's even worse is my propensity to want to layer on print on print on print just to amplify the epilepsy-inducing effect of the party shirt, especially with the Versace barocco print.  The Louise Gray shirt with its flaps and fade in-and-out print effects has slightly more clarity about it.  It is afterall a maximalist take on a basic white shirt.  The short of it is that I had better keep it schtum in the future when scoffing at the concept of the male party shirt and think about my own cacophony of a shirt rail in the wardrobe.                     

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(Versace barocco shirt worn with vintage patterned cape from Thrifted & Modern, Miu Miu skirt from Yoox, Tabio socks, floral brogues from Tokyo)

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IMG_9904(Louise Gray shirt worn with J.W. Anderson school skirt, Goocy platform trainers)

Comments (22)

  1. Jazz says:

    Love the Luoise Gray shirt!

  2. Serdane says:

    You did a good job abour remixing the ” party shirt ” for men. I love your second look. Very so crazy !!
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  3. betty says:

    i love the vintage versace shirt and the vibrant but i dont knw if i could ever wear it like how u do or pull it off … but it looks perfect on you 🙂 totally digggin the Louise Gray shirt and id probs wear that again with high waisted denim shorts and converse!! jus sayin no biggy x x
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  4. laura says:

    I love your party shirts – nothing wrong with something bright and eye catching 🙂

  5. mrdavidPOP says:

    I got me a party shirt for new years from aquabyaqua just a simple but extra-ordinary shirt. I don’t see the need for a garish representation of a party conceptualized on a piece of fabric. you pull it off tho 🙂
    happy new year!

  6. I love the pastels from the first look on you!!
    Have a great New Year Eve
    XO Charlotte
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  7. Erin W. says:

    Haha, amazing post – I have had a very similar sounding convo with my lady friends on numerous occasions. But I’ve gotta say, I prefer the male incarnation of the party shirt any day over the female alternative! Although your interpretation of the male party shirt steals the show for sure – I need to learn to layer prints like you in a serious way, I am woefully under experienced 😉 xE.

  8. Lou and Chow says:

    How is it Versace always know how to make things so garish and kitch that they actually become fab?!!!!! We have total shirt envy!
    L&C
    xx
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  9. Nani says:

    OMG, I adore their pastel colour!!!
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  10. Row says:

    Love the whole party shirt thing. Mean, but a bit true. Is a party shirt a party shirt if you don’t go out on the pull wearing it? Bet you boyf has one that put in context might pass as one…..that he could chav down or fash up…?

  11. Miami says:

    That Miu Miu skirt is adorbs!

  12. Suzi says:

    You have an amazing sense of who you are and what you like! You pull an outfit together like noone else I know. Love. xx
    Suzi x
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  13. Dinx says:

    I absolutely how spot on you are about the “women party shirt”. They are usually horrid and grotesque, but usually also seen on horribly grotesque women who are also just looking to pull (sorry not to sound too bitchy). Great photos but I really adore your writing. You use words so well.
    Dinx @ Lovely in Random xoxo

  14. Krys says:

    Those are some really vibrant prints and I love the way that you’ve styled them‚Äì it would be really interesting to see these prints in every day life. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Irma says:

    Amazing post, Susie! You have such a unique style, I absolutely love it!!! 🙂
    Happy New Year!
    xoxo
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  16. Aitana says:

    i love the Versace one 😉
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    xoxo

  17. Jasmine :) says:

    Hey Susie!
    I was wondering if you have seen the Prabal Gurung Rose Print Silk blouse at Net-a-porter.com (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/180635)? It suits the style you are going for in a party shirt, and would look great with these tortise shell minkpink shades (http://shopmarkethq.com/products/almost-famous), military style shorts and those layered prada brogues. I’m only 13 and I would love to own a exclusive designer boutique in London. Hope you find this comment inspirational! 🙂
    xoxo,

  18. Olive says:

    I love the first outfit! it fits you so well 🙂

  19. kelly says:

    Its bizarre yet bright yet so beautiful! Luv the way you did the layering!
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