When you think of wardrobe basic’s, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me it was a crisp white shirt; and a recent wardrobe overhaul made me realise that I just don’t wear them enough!
Big collar or collar less, long sleeve or short sleeve, concealed button placket, bib front, oversized, tiered sleeve…the options are endless. The white shirt can be so versatile and I love that it can take me from desk till dine or be worn as part of a simple casual look.
On this occasion, I wore a collarless oversized shirt, with another essential from my wardrobe, faux leather trousers. I chose to go a size up, in this shirt, so that it would fit smoothly over the hips and have a relaxed feel. It nips in nicely at the waist with extra-long sleeves that I wore turned up, creating a big cuff. A chunky seashell inspired necklace finished this look off perfectly and literally took me from the office, straight to a family BBQ.
As we start to see some warmer days this shirt will also be great combined with a midi length skirt (leather will be my preference). The fitted style will tuck inside neatly, again highlighting the waist. How will you wear yours during the “summer” time? Or should I say which one will you be wearing? Here are a few that I think look hot right now.
The first is a collar less style, with a bib detail, from cos. The buttons are concealed giving a clean and smarter look. In the centre, we have a box style cut shirt, by Novo London. The pleated detail on the sleeves and large pockets on the front are impressive. Finally, we have a style from Gestuz. The frill detail along the neckline and button closure give this one a nice feminine touch.
If I had to pick one I’d go for the dramatic, yet soft pleats of the Novo London shirt. I often travel abroad for work and a sharp white shirt can make a bold outfit choice, paired with long fuchsia high waisted, wide legged trousers and black suede stiletto heels for example. Suitable for client meetings during the day followed by a networking dinner in the evening.
Now, of course there are plenty more items of clothing that add to the base of our wardrobe’s (that would be a whole other post) but a white button down shirt is a classic piece that will never go out of style. And whilst we are all unique, dressed up or down, this is a staple piece that we can all identify with. No matter your size, if you buy for your shape, you will be able to find the right fit, or (as I often do) head to a tailor who can make it the right fit, for you.
Style tip: Pin an embroidered beaded/jewelled brooch to your shirt, to add a touch of glamour.