It can be hard to find good quality menswear for the mid- to mature age range which has a modern feel and is that little bit different. So when we were introduced to the MaddaFella brand we were really interested to find out more.
Taking an initial look, their range is stylish, contemporary and has something to suit all age groups. Designed to complement an outdoor lifestyle, the fabrics used are comfy and practical – so perfect for travel.
We were delighted to try out one of their shirts for ourselves, to see if they really were as good as they looked online. We chose the Ernest Linen Shirt in Solid Blue (it also comes in Marlin Blue, India Ink, Crabapple, White, and a Blue/White stripe).
Linen is often one of our recommended fabrics for travel, being natural and therefore breathable which helps keep you comfortable whatever the weather. The Ernest feels lovely to touch, very soft, and our reviewer felt warm and cosy on a chilly evening.
The style is classic and bridges that gap between smart and casual; you could dress it up with chinos and brogues, dress down with jeans or wear to the beach with shorts. We wore it with smart jeans and canvas shoes for a meal/evening out.
The full button-up means you can choose to wear it fastened or open over a t-shirt, and the sleeves look good rolled up or down. All this versatility makes it perfect for a travel capsule wardrobe; it would suit so many occasions without needing to know in advance what the day may bring.
Packing-wise we rolled it up and wedged it in a suitcase. It looked great on arrival – and after a quick shake and short time on a hanger it soon looked as good as new. On return it washed nicely on a warm machine cycle, and though it then looked pretty creased it ironed up really well. Plus, linen is one of those forgiving fabrics where a few wrinkles just add to the texture and character of the garment.
It feels really good quality and well made – the seams are neat and straight with no loose threads. Time will tell but the fabric feels durable and that it would last and look good for a long time.
We were really pleased with our choice and it looks set to become a ‘must pack' on future trips, as well as a favourite at home.
MaddaFella offer a wide range of shirts, t-shirts, outerwear, shorts and swimwear. Shipping is free within the US and Canada. Customs or sales taxes may apply depending on your location.
Disclaimer: The Ernest Linen Shirt was supplied to us by MaddaFella for the purposes of review. There were no conditions attached and the above is a true account of our experience.