A Simple White Shirt – Part Seven

My ‘Casanova shirt’, or as Kent calls it, my ‘pirate shirt’, a New Romantic blouse by Italian born French designer Renato Nucci. It was love at the first sight when I spotted this European court style creation in Taipei during the mid ’90s. For a twenty-something young woman, this garment was quite a financial stretch, or an ‘investment’ as I prefer to think of it. And for over two decades, I had dreamed and pictured myself swashbuckling in my pirate shirt somewhere fabulous in Europe.

For surely in Europe it was meant to be… Only it took a very long time, finally ending up in my suitcase for this Northern Italy trip with Kent in 2018. Venice, home of that womanising scoundrel Casanova; being one of the major cities in which we were about to visit, my Casanova shirt seemed tailor-made for the occasion!

The main features of this top are its wrap around collar-scarf that fixes at the front with a fancy buttonholed brooch and those voluminous poet’s shirt sleeves. The scarf-collar and the sleeves are both in sheer, luxurious cotton voile fabric. Unfortunately, I was no longer able to fit into a pair of black wide-leg pants, which was my selection to pair with this shirt. During a daily sightseeing walk in Venice, I found a pop-up fashion store and spotted a well-suited high waisted pegged trousers, also in black. And ‘Voila!’ – what you see from the image above is my styling result!

What I didn’t mention here is the drama I went through to get my pirate shirt dry cleaned and ironed upon my Northern Italy trip. A dry clean and press, how hard would it be, right?! Well it turned out to be quite a story and simply head to my travel blog White Caviar Life’s latest post to read the full story and view all eight images by fashion photographer Kent Johnson.

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