Capsule Condidential: The White Shirt

Post by CM

The white shirt. Some identify it with school uniforms, others with no-fun businessmen or funeral suits, yet others with a restaurant server’s uniform. Which, for those of us who revere the starched and proper garment, goes to show how bloody versatile it is.

Penneys Christmas

The model on the right is wearing a white shirt with removable black ribbon from Penneys that I spied at the weekend from the queue and reacted with the heart-eyes emoji. I nearly sent my boyfriend over to grab one but decided that it was bad queue etiquette. What a good, kind mouse I am. Saying that, if it has sold out by the time I get to return to Penneys this weekend there will be hell to pay.

You see the white shirt is a great and essential addition to your wardrobe. Styled like the Penneys girl above it makes for a cute, modern and slightly naughty twist on a more conservative look. I wore a similar outfit last New Years for a friend’s birthday, and felt great in it.

CM shirt
CM wearing white

My favourite Kardashian, Kourtney, rocked a similar look at her mother’s birthday party recently, and looked the best out of the lot of them in their sparkly gowns.

Kourtney Kardashian

You see the white shirt is powerful and daring – it’s best served buttoned up and a bit severe. There’s a current trend for bows and ruffles which is great – a nod to trends is always fun, especially this time of year – but the perfect white shirt to suit you could be an investment, so if you’re going to buy one, buy classic.

Jenna Lyons

J. Crew’s Jenna Lyon’s knows how hard a white shirt can work in the working woman’s wardrobe (see more of her genius looks here) and some little tweaks to make a simple look your own is all that’s required. If paired with a simple tailored suit all that needs doing is adding some eye-catching jewellery, if paired with denim skinnies (another capsule must have, seen here) a pair of statement shoes will turn the look around.

Olivia Palermo

At Chanel’s recent Pre Autumn/Winter 2016 show (seriously, already), which brought Paris to Rome, Karl sent his models down the catwalk with sexy twists on classics, including, you guessed it, a white shirt.

Chanel Pre Rome
Chanel Pre-A/W16

Not only that, but a well-dressed front rower turned up in the white-shirt look. Again, little adjustments in texture or embellishment can make all the difference.

Front Row

Men are often limited to the very classic white number, but they can mix things up unexpectedly too, just ask Harry Styles.

Harry Styles

If there’s any other reason to add a white shirt or two it’s the fact that they’re ten-a-penny in any cool French girl’s closet. It’s a quick fix for any outfit dilemma – white shirt, black pants, pair of brogues or heels, big necklace and you’re off.

French Girl chic with Clemence Poesy

What other items would you add to your capsule wardrobe? Follow the links for more inspiration in our Capsule Confidential series, or add suggestions below!


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