Not the best fitting button-down shirt, but it’s proven to be a fun layering piece since I picked it up last week. I’ve had my eye out for more prints, especially collared shirts, that can be layered under sweaters and blazers, and this one fits the bill. With a slim torso that’s perfect for layering, a nice length on 4’11” me, and sleeves that are just long enough to peek out from under blazer sleeves, this has been the best polka-dot button down I’ve found recently, especially for the price.
From the Divided line, the shirt I’m wearing is size 2, and retails for $24.95. Here is the tag.
Despite it’s petite-friendly length and slim silhouette, this blouse is made for someone with a longer torso and broader shoulders than myself. At 14″ the shoulder is a tad big on me, and I’m hoping a wash will eliminate some of the starchiness. If the shoulders relax a little, I might be able to wear it un-layered, but we’ll see how that turns out. From the back, you can see a fold of fabric just below my shoulder blades. This is because the waist of the shirt (the slimmest part of the shirt) is lower down on the shirt than where my natural waist is. The waist of the shirt finds a way to shimmy it’s way up to my natural waist, causing the fold of extra fabric. I’m also not a fan of those bright white buttons, especially those placed right at the giggle-worthy chest pockets. I’ll be replacing those with navy buttons before I attempt to wear it un-layered.
Typical of H&M shirts, the fabric isn’t very expensive, and collects lint easily. I spent a good 20 minutes de-linting it from when I wore it with the J.Crew Honeycomb Sweater. The polka-dot pattern is only on the outside, and the inside of the cuff. You can only fold the cuff up once if you want the polka-dot print to show. Otherwise, the inside of the sleeve is just navy blue. I wouldn’t recommend this shirt if anyone is actually looking for a quality item and good fit, but if like me, you’ve been looking for something similar, and finding even worse fit elsewhere, this shirt is a cute little trend item to add pops of polka-dot to your outfits.