It is a common and revered staple for every modest girl’s wardrobe and we are always keeping our eyes open for the most perfect version of this foundation piece: The Shell. I have steered away from using it as a top on its own as of late, but it has not become any less integral for me and my dressing needs. For reasons of tznius (modesty), a shell provides the necessary inches for covering elbows and collarbones, and proves invaluable in completing certain pieces in our closets. What’s a girl to do if her favorite vintage maxi is sleeveless? Or she needs a basic layer to don under a blazer and scarf combo? And so the shell remains a beloved item in our lives, for the simple reason that it allows us to wear the otherwise impossible, and grants us a degree of sartorial freedom.
When I tried the CHI CHI shells, I found them to be soft, with a generous stretch, and provided the perfect coverage for the dresses I was wearing. When I try a shell for the first time, I want comfortable sleeves for my on-the-go life as a ‘Yiddishe Mama‘ (as my friend Sharon of Fashion-Isha puts it), and that it yields a seamless blend with the clothing I am topping it with. The CHI CHI shells fulfilled those requisites and were simply a relief to have in my closet when I needed to grab a layer and run.