Qwear x Grayers Clothiers Review

I'm delighted to bring you a special review from my dear friend Sarah Champagne about a shirt by the wonderful Grayers Clothiers. Sarah is my old queer fam with whom I learned how to tie a bow tie for the first time. We even survived P Town together. Enjoy! - Sonny

By guest blogger, Sarah Champagne

I am not a hipster.

Sarah Champagne, tie clip from Etsy

Sarah Champagne, tie clip from Etsy

Ok, so, I ride a bike. And I’m from Portland, Oregon. And I’m a queer filmmaker. But I’m not a hipster! I swear. How do I know? I’m publicly, loudly, vociferously in love with all things Wes Anderson and he’s probably the least exclusive filmmaker out there. So, when I stumbled upon this gorgeous shirt in a tiny Providence boutique (I know, I KNOW! Not helping) and discovered Grayers Clothiers  a Wes Anderson inspired label  I felt as though the ground beneath my feet opened up and I fell into a world of adorable dandy dapper lads.  

The adorable boo

The adorable boo

As a non-binary genderqueer person, finding shirts which fit my shoulders and my waist is hard. I’ve had my little fashion heart broken more than once in a dressing room as I tug forlornly at the waist, hoping to stretch out the fabric or scrunch up my shoulders in a doomed attempt to convince myself the extra fabric is acceptable.  

Dre's Outfit: Grayers Geometric Print Twill Shirt Button-up / Gap 1969  curvy skinny indigo jeans / J.Crew a Classic MacAlister Boots in Suede / Strathmore by Anderson-Little Jacket (No longer available for sale) / Banana Republic Square Buckle Leather Belt

There is so much to love about this shirt. I love floral prints as much as the next guy, but often I feel as though I'm trapped in a Goldilocks version of flowery hell  too big, too loud, too colorful, too... well, flowery. It’s rare to find a print that dances between busy and dapper. This is it. Not since I fell for Liberty of London have I drooled as much over a print.  It’s delicate meets rugged and I love it. The contrasting solid on the underside also makes for a nice balance when rolling your sleeves, which is my favorite way to showcase this gem. For days when I’m feeling a more layered look, the pointed collar offers a nice contrast to my rounded bow ties. Other than floral prints, bow ties are my jam, and the size and color of this print give me a lot of options in terms of ties/bow ties from simple solids to power floral-on-floral clashing.

Power floral-on-floral clashing. Bowtie from J.Crew

Power floral-on-floral clashing. Bowtie from J.Crew

Beyond the impeccable fit, the quality of the fabric is, simply put, the best I’ve ever had. Perhaps this is why I fell so hard for this shirt. I’m notoriously hard on my clothes   I bike 365 days a year, and I like to bike fast, which means I sweat  not glisten  but sweat.  Unsurprisingly, my favorite shirts especially tend to wear out fast because I play hard. However, It’s been a fair few months since I’ve had this piece and to my delight, it looks nearly new.  

One piece of advice: if you have an adorable boo close to your size?  Do not let them near this glorious find. Yes, they are cute, and yes, they are lovable. Do not be fooled. You will awaken one morning, filled with delight at being reunited once again, only to find the floral bird has flown for the day. Translation? After intensive feelings negotiations, my boo and I have now agreed to share the shirt.  

Grayers Clothiers, by Peter Georgiou offer a “Wes Andersonesque approach to clothing with . . . classics and great vintage pieces that resonate creatively. . .” See more at grayers.com

Photography by Sarah Champagne