A crisp, white shirt is something every woman should have in her wardrobe. Whether it’s stolen from your boyfriend or a fitted one of your own, there’s something so undeniably sexy about them. It’s an absolute wardrobe classic and one of those perfect all-rounders which goes with everything from ripped jeans and flat pumps to leather trousers and heels. I didn’t own a white shirt until I saw Carrie Bradshaw put on Big’s oversized one cinched with a waist belt and teamed with sky high heels in Sex And The City and I was sold. Admittedly I’m not quite brave enough to rock that look in sleepy Suffolk but I’ve been looking for different variations for years. Now, I’m not one to mess with a classic but the beauty of fashion is that there’s a different version of everything eventually. Here are 3 reasons why everyone should invest in a white shirt…
1. IT CAN DRESS UP AN OUTFIT
When you want the laid-back-ness (not a word, but I’m going with it) of jeans but need to look a bit more put together, this is when a white shirt comes into its own. Rolling up the sleeves will add an edge to the outfit and keeping accessories sharp makes the outfit look a bit more put-together and on purpose.
2. IT CAN DRESS DOWN AN OUTFIT
Teaming a white shirt with something shiny or slick is one of my favourite looks. If you’re unsure that that metallic skirt is a tad over-dressed for brunch, it will bring it down a notch all two while upping the cool factor.
3. IT LOOKS GREAT WITH LEATHER
I don’t know if it’s the mix of textures, the monochrome palette but the two together work so well. The combo means it’s still suitable for the office and the leather adds a hint of drama that’s perfect for drinks or dinner. It’s also a blank canvas for accessories so you can go to town!
Not content with the 4 in my wardrobe, I saw this asymmetric W118 by Walter Baker shirt and thought it was so beautifully original I had to buy it. With a pleated sleeve, loose fit and stiff collar, it’s like nothing else I own and is perfect for day-to-night dressing. The only problem is, I’ve become a bit obsessed with white shirt variations so expect to see a lot more this year!