Style Diaries

Working wardrobe: Shirts

Zara Silk Shirt

Shirts are essential for the working wardrobe. They’re appropriate and practical for many occasions! Though I’ve a couple of shirts and blouses already, they’re not exactly basic pieces (either prints or come with attention-seeking embellishments, also my casual wear), so as part of this new wardrobe plan, I intend to get a few plain shirts for my working wardrobe, while letting go of a couple.

Little bit of trivia — I’ve been seriously buying shirts since college. Back then I wanted to look preppy, so I wore cotton short-sleeved shirts in different styles — with ruffles, pussy bow, embroidery to name a few – under a blazer or cardigan, with a headband and a pair of flats.

Over the years though, my preference changed. I’ve grown to learn how I’d like to look and at the same time consider what works for me and what doesn’t.

My preference now? White or cream shirts, preferably long-sleeved and in terms of material, either silk or polyester. The rationale basically stems from size issues, too (same case with suits). White makes me appear healthier. I like long-sleeved shirts better just because they hide my small arms. Unlike cotton, I think it’s easier to get away with larger-sized silk and polyester shirts since they still look great when worn loose (explaining why I’m letting go of a few cotton shirts right now).

The downside of silk is the fact that it’s delicate — it needs either dry cleaning or a specific silk detergent. Meanwhile, shirts made of polyester might just expand if it’s soaked for too long! But taking care of them shouldn’t be an issue once you’ve gotten the hang of it.

The shirts I’ve been looking for are minimalist silk shirts that I can grab and wear in the morning, without putting much thought into them. I managed to find some good pieces, but none as plain as the Zara shirts I’ve been admiring and trying. Recently, the shirts (the PERFECT plain shirts!) I ordered arrived directly from the UK. Felt good trying them on and I know I’d wear them over and over again. As I hung them on the rail, I just felt like the search is complete – I have enough basic shirts for my working wardrobe now!

So yeah, basically, the search for plain shirts for work… is over. I think I’ve always had enough tops for the weekends anyway, so I can stop thinking about shirts or blouses for a long time 🙂

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    Amanda Sabri
    May 5, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    We’re glad you are happy with your goods from Zara!

    We look forward to serving you again soon. Thanks for supporting ShopShip Mia 🙂

    – Amanda,

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      May 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Hi Amanda. Thank you for the service 🙂 Wouldn’t have gotten them if not for ShopShip!

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    May 6, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Good for you

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    May 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Hye! really love this look! So chic and high street!
    i personalllly love wearing shirts. In fact i think all of my clothes are either shirts or some silky chiffon-y blouse!
    But my problem is that i have short torso compared to my long legs, so i think it kinda make me look ugly / fat if i were to tuck in my shirt 🙁 what say you?
    and how do u tuck in ur shirt so kemas without it seems menggelebeh around the waist?



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      May 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      Thanks, Nurul. Wow, I’d like to see how your wardrobe looks like then, I really aprpeciate silk blouses!

      By the way, I can’t imagine it looking ugly if you tuck in while pulling a bit of the fabric out (like what I did). That’d probably give an impression of a longer torso 🙂

      I think it doesn’t look menggelebeh because of the material. But to maintain (I believe in tucking shirts in 24/7), I pull it in again properly every time I go to the washroom.

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    May 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I can’t go to the website 🙁 It’s down or something. Do you know other sites like ShopShip?

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      May 9, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      That’s not the first time it seems. You can just wait for them to go online again or look them up on Facebook. They’ll be there.

      And about other personal shoppers, I’ve only used ShopShip’s services so far so I’m not sure about the others who would ship goods from the UK. Sorry that I can’t be of much help in this department.

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      Amanda Sabri
      May 9, 2012 at 11:27 PM


      We’re so sorry – our website is currently facing some technical difficulties. We are attempting to resolve this, and should be online again in a few hours.

      In the meantime, feel free to drop me an email at and I will be happy to do a deal on shipping for all first time buyers.

      Otherwise, like Mia mentioned look us on Facebook (

      P/S: Thanks Mia!

      – Amanda, ShopShip

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