You’ve probably gotten the communication from Peter Millar about their new Seaside collection. They released a collection of shirts that are a classic fit, and made with a broadcloth that is washable and supposedly easy to iron. Hey, I’m all for shirts that don’t need to go to the dry cleaners…ironing is pretty therapeutic for me. I usually keep a stack of ironing for Sunday afternoon, and actually look forward to it.
When the good folks at Peter Millar heard that I was heading down to Seaside for a long weekend, they sent me a shirt to get my opinion. They said wear it, beat it up, and tell us what you think. Now, my experience with Peter Millar shirts over the years has been hit or miss. I got a couple shirts years ago that didn’t really fit that well. So much so that they couldn’t keep their spot in the lineup. Well, over the last couple of seasons, they have really focused on their off-the-course apparel, and it is showing.
Here’s what I like about this shirt: first, the fit it spot on. While it is called ‘classic fit’, it is definitely NOT vanity sized. A medium is a medium…the chest fits, but isn’t tight. The sleeves are not blouse-y, instead they have a more fitted look and the cuffs hit at just the right spot. The fabric is great – it’s not pique, but instead a medium-weight broadcloth. I washed and ironed this shirt, and it took to the steam like a champ, sans starch.
The pastels in the Seaside collection are neutral enough to go with just about everything, without looking like an Easter egg. They did a good job incorporating navy with this purple and teal plaid, which gives it a more mature look, so it will great under a navy blazer or with a pair of lighter khakis. Whatever you do, avoid wearing socks when wearing one of these Seaside shirts.
To illustrate, here is my submission for America’s Next Top Model: