5 Ways To Wear It: The Monisola Shirt 

5 Ways To Wear It: The Monisola Shirt 

Who doesn’t love a shirt? From the office to the pub or out at lunch with your new partner’s parents, a shirt is a perfect way to feel smart and dressy and grown up, with none of the other immediate actions associated with adulthood necessary. 

A shirt is a shortcut, if you will, to being the kind of person you always wanted to be. The person who pre makes lunch, decides on their outfit the night before and is always on time. You might not have nailed the rest, but you can con the world into thinking you have with the right crisp, flattering, statement-making, button up. 

We’re going to show you how to style our shirt in five ways, but first, we’ll tell you a story of how our shirt arrived in the world. It’s a pretty simple but unusual one, and one that connects our workers to you, dear wearer, in a way that is as fair, fun and meaningful as we could make it.

A normal fast fashion supply chain has 100 steps, making opportunities for waste or exploitation all too easy, as each manager hammers prices down, sets targets and drives competition between makers at each stage. With only 7 steps from making our shirt to getting it to you, and fair pay all along the way, Birdsong does fashion differently. 

  1. The silhouette and details were designed in London by yours truly – Susanna, Co-Founder and Head of Design here at Birdsong.
  2. The fit was then patterncut, sampled and rigorously tested by our expert pattern cutter Moni (shout out to our shirt’s namesake).
  3. Printmaker Alice Acreman and I then sent our wiggly, abstract Alma print design off to India after months of playing around and sampling.
  4. From India, our 100% cotton khadi fabric was handspun, woven and eventually hand screen printed with the Alma patterned for us for a fair wage.
  5. The fabric was then cut and sewn, and buttons were added by Leila and Anjum at Heba Women’s Project back in the East End.
  6. After careful inspection, ironing and quality testing by the Birdsong team, the final product was taken to Mailout. Mailout is a charity that trains people with learning difficulties to package and send our orders out. 
  7. Our shirt then arrives at you, our wonderful supporter without whom Birdsong would not exist.

Here are five ways you can wear the Monisola Shirt and be a part of the story…

1.As a statement under overalls

If like our Brand Manager Sophie you’re intimidated by the crisp, formal glory of a shirt, the best way to mix it up is to pair it under some overalls. All the credibility that a nice shirt brings, with some instant, easy styling fun. Voila.

2. Tucked into your favourite cropped denim.

The next look is very Susanna. The fitted, formal look of a shirt is beautifully balanced out by some wide legged, raw edged jeans. Pair it with a jaunty loafer and a cute tote and you’re ready for running errands or a weekend stroll down the flower market, but also prepared for bumping into anyone potentially important, eg a client or your next date. With a shirt this nice you don’t even need to bother washing your hair.

3. Dressed up with fitted trousers and fancy shoes and 4. High waisted and belted

We wanted to create a classic shirt pattern in an easy to wear, bold print, with breathable, eco-friendly fabrics you’ll want to wear again and again. That’s why our next two suggested looks are mega simple – wear it with jeans and a belt, get in and switch it up with fancy shoes for your evening function. Iron it once, wear it a bunch of times.

5. Undone as an over layer

An overshirt is a thing of beauty. Something seemingly simple that you quite literally throw on to jazz up an outfit. It works because it’s cooler than your standard cardigan.

Support our makers with the Monisola shirt

Monisola Button Down Shirt in Alma Print

£125.00

A classic button down shirt complete with a petite collar, classic cuff placket, box pleat at back and curved hem. Made in a breathable cotton Khadi. Hand spun, woven and screen-printed in our exclusive Alma print. Finished with simple shell buttons.

Our expert seamstresses hand cut, sew and finish these garments for a living wage at their workshop on Brick Lane. Heba was established by a group of migrant women over 25 years ago, and are our primary makers of clothing. They continue to provide a safe space for migrant and refugee women today.

Our Khadi fabric is made mostly by women spinners and weavers at a fair wage facility in Gopuri, central India. Every aspect of this fabric has been created by hand, from the spinning of the fibres, the weaving and the screen printing. This creates more employment for communities who really need it and means that there are a few more irregularities and quirks to the cloth, but we think it adds to its charm.

Mariam is 5′ 7″ and wears a size 10. See our size chart here.

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  • Made in the UK
  • Sustainable Fabric
  • Vegan
  • Limited Edition
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  • Our expert seamstresses hand cut, sew and finish these garments for a living wage at their workshop on Brick Lane. Heba was established by a group of migrant women over 25 years ago, and are our primary makers of clothing. They continue to provide a safe space for migrant and refugee women today.

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    UK 10, UK 12, UK 14, UK 8

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  • Our expert seamstresses hand cut, sew and finish these garments for a living wage at their workshop on Brick Lane. Heba was established by a group of migrant women over 25 years ago, and are our primary makers of clothing. They continue to provide a safe space for migrant and refugee women today.

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    UK 10, UK 12, UK 14, UK 8

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