Everyone always says that you should invest in "wardrobe staples" that you'll wear "forever," but let's get real for a second: How many pieces do you actually have in your closet that you've worn on a regular basis for over five years? Admittedly, I have very few, but there is one button-down shirt by Elizabeth and James — the incredibly lightweight, powder blue "Artist" shirt that I purchased in college — that has withstood the test of time. The oversized, "boyfriend" cut is great for all seasons, either with slim pants in the winter or tailored shorts in the summer. Despite the years of wear this shirt has lovingly endured, it's still one of my most-complimented items of clothing. (In fact, I was stopped two or three times during New York Fashion Week: Men's by editors who liked it.)
I recently thought about purchasing another, but after an exhaustive search online, it seems that this particular shirt is no longer for sale. But, there is a very, very similar alternative: the Carine shirt, which boasts a comparable silhouette, an airy fabrication; and it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, from crisp white to grungy plaid. Plus, it shares a name with one of my all-time favorite fashion editors — Carine Roitfeld, of course — and with a moniker like that, it's bound to be good.
Elizabeth and James "Carine" shirt, $132, available at The Outnet.
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