Our annual holiday to Cornwall is always the highlight of the year, and after 23 years, it begins to feel like a second home. Walking barefoot through the sandy streets of Newquay, or cycling the camel trail to Padstow. The locals just seem so cool, and a coastal inspired fashion brand has brought that sense of casual styling to some of their best-selling pieces.
Whale Of A Time Clothing (WOAT), is a British brand launched by young designer Ellie Wales in September 2016. Now, the brand is almost five years old, and produces a range of colourful, versatile pieces made sustainably with organic fabrics.
Their Deck Shirts are the perfect piece to take you from Spring to Summer. There are four different designs, each with three different colourways to choose from. I opted for The Falmouth deck shirt in navy and white, which also comes in blue and pink, and navy and blue. Other styles include The Newquay, The Padstow and The Salcombe. I must say, I have my eye on the pink Newquay.
The unisex Falmouth deck shirt is split vertically down the middle with the contrasting colours either side, complete with a quarter button down for a casual ‘throw over’ look for effortless styling. The deck shirts are designed to be oversized, so WOAT recommend sizing down, unless you are looking for a more relaxed fit. I’m wearing the size XS here – though a size S would have made a great shirt dress look. The cuffs also have two buttons for a fitted cuff or a looser look.
Made in Britain from 100% soft organic cotton dill, the shirt was a little bit stiff when I first put it on, but as you move throughout the day, it really softens up and you won’t even want to take it off at the end of the day. I styled the Falmouth Deck Shirt – costing £69.95 – with a pair of black skinny jeans and navy Fred Perry pumps for a wander around town.
Whale Of A Time is contemporary and timeless, so picking up a piece of clothing from their online shop is an investment you don’t mind spending a little extra on. The style and the fit allow for an effortless look that can take you from day to night for any occasion – from walking the dog, to a picnic with the girls. Soon we’ll be able to pop on a pair of heels and head out for food, too, and I’ll be taking it down to Cornwall with me to lounge on the beach and blend in with the locals. You can wear it buttoned or unbuttoned, long sleeves or rolled up, tucked in or out – either way, there’s a deck shirt and a styling for everyone.