3 Ways To Style A Gingham Shirt With Natalie Decorte

Your summer style mantra? Just Add Gingham. It’s no secret that I’m rather fond of gingham...

I’m also very fond of shirts (shirting has long been a staple in my wardrobe). So I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve collaborated with Victoria McEvoy, the founder of one of my favourite Australian brands, Irving & Powell, on a limited-edition Franklin gingham shirt. Made of 100% cotton poplin (you can iron it—but a wrinkled Franklin looks even better), it’s the kind of piece every woman needs in her wardrobe. Wear it to the beach, the park, work, out for lunch with friends – this shirt will take you everywhere (you might even need two). We called on chic Bondi mama of three Natalie Decorte from The Polo Project to show us how to wear it three ways and we also quizzed her on her summer style secrets.

Photography: Julie Adams | Hair and makeup: Sarina Zoe | Go to www.irvingandpowell.com

How would you describe your summer style?

Minimalist! Both my husband and I work from home and live so close to the ocean. We take turns running down to the beach for a quick dip during the day. When the weather is fine, I wear a one-piece swimsuit with denim shorts. No makeup, beach hair, salty skin and Havaianas. Then I just throw a shirt on for the school pick up!

Three things on your summer shopping list?

Other than a gingham Irving & Powell x GRACE shirt, a pair of sunnies from Lucy Folk, silk pj’s from Lowla Living and a Made By Dawn bikini.

Favourite way to style a shirt?

Always knotted, Latino style. I mostly style my shirts with denim.

What’s a typical look for you when you’re with your kids? 

Denim shorts, shirt and slides.

What’s your summer tote of choice?

I have been searching for one to no avail, but @thegracetales just posted about the Oaxacan tote bags from Lifestyle Diaries. I love them! Totally getting one of those thanks!

Where will you be getting a new pair of summer sandals from?

Posse has some great ones or Capri Positano sandals.

Favourite summer hat?

The Demie’ from Helen Kaminski. I love the pattern!

You’re off on a summer holiday, what do you pack?

I’m assuming you mean without kids! A couple of maxis, a couple of shirts and short combos, sunnies, a hat and too many swimmers… oh and a razor and coconut oil.

Three people we should follow on Instagram?

@AnoukColantoni – super cheeky/sexy/funny Australian artist living in NY. Her feed is a refreshing change to all the mumsy kid-related things I follow.
@maisoncharlotterose – not a person but seriously good, rosé inducing imagery.
@Charlotte_scott_– wife of photographer Pierre Toussaint. She has her own photography talents. I love the street style pics of her family and surrounds.