Update Your W101 Basics – Work Your White Shirt
With the blazer swamping so many runways it’s no wonder it’s partner in style, the white shirt, is right there alongside it. However, with so many options it’s easy to go wrong. Always keep it pristine and pressed and go a size bigger rather than risking button strain across the chest. Keep buttons and seams white or you restrict its versatility. Top stitching looks luxe and make sure the hem hits your thigh to tuck in, wear loose or belt.
Although the runways are awash with simple black and white combos there are rules to avoid looking like the waiter. Add a distinctly feminine element when wearing man-style looks. Keep it upmarket in fine or lustrous fabrics. Failing that go to town on accessories.
Chloe gives their white shirt the romantic treatment with a ruffled neck and cuffs draped in sheers silk. The quirky suspender belts with the sexy pencil skirt is sure to send office hearts racing.
Street-wise Vanessa Bruno slipping a shirt under a draped dress proves its worth getting a little creative. This would work with any type of white shirt for a clever layered look this winter.
Ralph Lauren knows white shirts and this season’s wrap shirt with glossy black pants and punches of red is an easy, effective statement on clean, classic style.
White shirt with tailored shorts and tights is a sassy winter look. Petites wear it with heels and those blessed with super long, slim legs need only flats. Fitted styles look better on larger frames as excess fabric only adds bulk. Wear with a full, patterned skirt and cinch an open cardi over the top with a simple belt. A white shirt, black blazer and jeans is a smart look that never fails. Amp it up with brightly coloured jeans or jaw-dropping boots and stride with pride.