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Ibex Ciara Shirt

I love the look of semi-fitted button-down shirts—they make me look much more “put together” than my usual t-shirts, but I never seem to wear them because sometimes they feel binding. Ibex’s Ciara shirt is the exception; it’s incredibly comfortable. I’ve been wearing it almost every day!

The Ciara shirt is made out of soft, summer weight merino wool rather than a woven cotton material, so it acts and feels more like a cotton jersey knit top.  It’s got a bit of stretch in it, it hangs and drapes well, and it’s a dream to wear.  Because the material is so soft, I get a very nice fit through the shoulders. 

I like the shape of this versatile top.  With yoking in front and back, along with front and back vertical shaping seams, the Ciara shirt is quite flattering.  I like the rounded edges on the hems because it keeps the shirt tidy and trim even when untucked.  This top is also cut longer through the torso that other Ibex tops I've tested, and I love that! The ¾ length sleeves are my favorite feature.  I tend to roll up my sleeves anyway, so the shorter length works perfectly for me.  The sleeves are quite elegant, too, with wide cuffs that have a notched slit instead of buttons. 

I love this shirt.  It’s casual enough to wear every day, and because wool is a performance fabric I don’t have to change if I want to go for a hike or power walk after work. The material breathes well and does an excellent job of wicking away moisture from my skin, keeping my temperature regulated in warm weather.  Wools is also naturally odor-resistant,, so the Ciara shirt is ideal for travel.  I can wear it for days without needing to wash it and it washes easily in the sink (or machine) and dries quickly on a line. It’s also a nicer choice than the baggy t-shirts or boxy flannel shirts I usually wear, so it’s more appropriate for travel when I want to look like a grownup instead of a tourist or hiker. The Ciara top makes me feel more like a girl!

Another thing I really like about this top: the Ibex logo is quite discreet and located on one of the cuffs, so it’s not very visible.  The Ciara shirt has contrast colored material under the cuffs and inside the collar.  I tested a black shirt that has pink contrast material.  The only thing I’d change about this shirt is I’d make the contrast material grey for a more urban look, but that’s me.  All my clothes are grey or black!  Other color combos are pale turquoise with dark grey contrast (yum!) and sweet grey with red contrast. 

Available in women’s sizes XS-XL. 

Bottom Line: A lightweight casual shirt that looks great and performs even better.--E.D. (June 2011)

BUY ONLINE : $100, on sale for $84.96 at Amazon. Also on sale at Backcountry.

Manufacturer's Site: www.ibex.com

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