I stumbled across new-to-me brand Court & Rowe at Nordstrom, and I like it. It has a Trendy Classic integrity — what the brand calls “a new era of prep” on their Instagram page. Silhouettes are clean, simple and crisp, and not as ruffled, gathered, and puffy as some of the looks that are on-trend right now. 

Fabrics range from natural to man-made, colours are neutral and non-neutral, and patterns tend to be striped or plaid. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, which isn’t as inclusive as I’d hoped, but better than the general XS to XL. The reviews are encouraging and prices don’t break the bank.

I like that many of the garments are classic, and have a little more. Better than basic. Like twill tape down side seams, velvet ribbon on waistbands, ties on sleeves, back pleats, piping and tipping, embroidery and elastic in unexpected places, and chocolate brown stripes. You’ll get a better sense of the garment details when you click the links. 

I bought the first light blue pinstriped shirt, and it’s fabulous! Shaped but not tight, well-made, different, crisp, polished, fab with white jeans. And $69.