With its dropped shoulders and loose cut, Mélilot is a pretty casual shirt that will look its best in fabrics with a soft drape and natural texture: a rayon, linen or linen voile, chambray, or lightweight cotton sateen would be perfect! Stay away from denser poplins and batistes whose stiff drape would harm the shirt’s look.
The long-sleeves version of Mélilot is particularly adapted to fibers like rayon and silk. A nice linen would be a good fit too, as long as it has a flowy drape 😉 . You might want to favor solids and subtle patterns to avoid the “wallpaper” effect, though you can also play with textures with a lightweight jacquard!
The cuffed version of Mélilot is more forgiving when it comes to fabric choices! You can go for a bold print and for a fabric with more body: chambray, light batiste, cotton gingham… If you need to match your print, don’t forget to buy a little more extra 😉 .
The Mélilot shirt has some technical points (collar stand, sleeve plackets) that can become tricky with a slippery fabric. Try using spray starch or even gelatin to stiffen rayon and silk fabrics, this will make them much easier to work with!