23 July 2014 by

Why You Need To Know Rails: The Celebrity-Loved Label Taking Over The Fashion World One Checked Shirt At A Time

Cara wearing a checked shirt from Rails at Wireless Festival in London [Getty]

Cara Delevingne is the latest to join the Rails club; a troupe of A-listers who do casual-cool better than any and rely on the breezy lumberjack shirts, soft denim and sloppy tees of this Los Angeles brand.

Rails girls include Leighton Meester, Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Palermo and Gisele

Over the past five years – since designer Jeff Abrams first planted the Rails seed via a logo-emblazoned hat in 2008 – this luxe daywear collection has been seen on the backs of all and Hollywood sundry. As these pieces are perhaps innocuous to the untrained eye, it’s likely that you won’t have instantly known where such brilliant basics really come from. But now, with the American label snapped up by Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, Trilogy, Harrods AND Liberty, Rails’ wares are definitely on the UK map.

The current collection includes cheeker jean rompers - the kind Coachella play catwalk for, plus loose-fit striped vests, running shorts and more...

Jeff Abrams with a rail full of Rails!

From Gisele in classic denim through to Alessandra Ambrosio in cargo khaki, it’s the tomboy shirts that have the biggest celebrity following. The Kardashian klan are in the know, as is Leighton Meester, Olivia Palermo and Cara’s new holiday bezzie, Selena Gomez. Even Kate Moss – Queen of Casual Attire – has been spotted in one.

A shot from the Rails SS14 lookbook

Forget being a starry type who goes off the rails, this is far healthier... and better looking. Here are our top four picks from Harvey Nichols that you can buy online right now!


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