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Splendid 3/4 Sleeve Shirting Top

Splendid 3/4 Sleeve Shirting Top

Last night I did something I thought I'd never do. Something so completely foreign to me I didn't even know how to go about it. Something that, no matter how I tried, I just couldn't comprehend. I ironed a shirt. I've mentioned before that I don't iron. I don't really buy clothes that need ironing, and when I do have a few wrinkles on a garment I just spray that shit with Downy Wrinkle Releaser and get on with my life. But I have found a shirt that I love so much I WANT to iron it. Holy Moses, have I become an adult?!

I bought Splendid's 3/4 sleeve shirting top for myself for my birthday way back in January, but I didn't start wearing it regularly until May or June. Why? I don't know. But now that I've discovered it's amazing comfort, versatility, and just plain awesomeness, it's in my regular wardrobe rotation.

I wrote about Splendid clothing in general in the past (and I even mentioned this shirt), but now that I'm completely, totally in love with this top, I decided it needed a dedicated post. I mean, any shirt that made me actually bust out the iron has to be pretty special, right?

This shirt is everything. It's perfect for pretty much any occasion. I wear it when I'm just kicking around on the weekend, when I'm going for brunch with friends, even when I'm nannying. I love the long length, which allows me to move around, crawl after babies, and whatever else without showing off my Hanky Pankys - or more. Some shorter people might be tempted, because of its long length, to wear this shirt as a tunic with some leggings, to which I beg you, please don't. It's not that hard to put on a pair of pants. Have some respect for yourself and those around you.

This shirt is by Splendid, so obvs it's the most comfortable thing on the planet. The front and back are different fabrics, but both are completely, well, splendid. It's the front part that needs ironing. I washed mine in a wash bag with my other delicates and then laid it flat to dry. The pockets were totally crinkly, and the front just needed some all-over sprucing. I tried Wrinkle Releaser, but it wasn't enough. For general tidying up between wearings, Wrinkle Releaser works great. It's just after a full-on wash that you need to take extreme measures (i.e. ironing). But like I said, it's worth the effort. While I was ironing my shirt last night I thought to myself, "Wow. I'm totally happy to iron this shirt. AND I WANT MORE." That's right, I'm in the market for another one of these amazing shirts.  (I already have the gray, and now I'm feeling pretty attracted to the paprika color shown below.) I'm wiling to DOUBLE my ironing load for this top. I don't know if you understand how amazing that is, but it's completely mind-blowing.

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