Ah, the classic white shirt. It’s versatile, wearable, and flattering. It might have long sleeves or no sleeves. It could be full and boxy, long and flowing, or slim and fitted but it always includes a collar and some buttons. It is usually made of cotton but there are versions in linen, silk or rayon. No matter what the shape, style or fabrication the white shirt is always chic. You can wear one to almost any occasion, be it for work or play. I have yet to see a wardrobe “must have” list without a mention of a classic fitted white blouse.
Personally I have half a dozen white shirts in various shapes and sizes. One day last week I wore my oversized version with a denim mini, chunky black sandals and an armful of bracelets but I’ve also worn it as a cover up to the beach. My more dainty white shirts have been paired with everything from jeans or shorts to flirty skirts. Usually I wear them simply with a skirt or trousers, but I’ve seen them layered under a strapless prom dress or worn, uniform style, under a romper. No matter how sexy or eclectic the rest of outfit is this classic white shirt lends a feeling of simplicity and respectability. They harmonize with just about everything.
One of the best things about a classic white shirt is that they are very affordable. Thrift stores overflow with white shirts. If you prefer your shirts new you can always head to the men’s or boy’s department for a deal even at full price. If your taste runs to the expensive there are plenty of designer versions too. In addition to being affordable they also never really go out of fashion. So if you do invest a chunk of money in a high quality garment you will have a white blouse to wear for many, many years.
There are drawbacks to the classic white shirt however. Although all of mine are machine washable they must be ironed to look their best. Sending them out to be pressed can get expensive so I iron mine at home when I have time. I know many people don’t like to iron, or they simply don’t have the equipment or the space. And then of course there’s the color. White seems like it should look good on everyone, but some people find it washes them out. I really have no solutions for these issues but I would suggest trying out a white shirt anyway. The one I’m wearing in these photos cost less than $5 at the Goodwill. At that price why not add a classic white shirt to your closet and see how you like it?
- Shirt – The Gap via The Goodwill
- Skirt – The Gap
- Purse – Nordstroms
- Sandals – Kenneth Cole Sole My Heart
- Watch – Target
- Chain bracelet – Forever 21 (or was it Wet Seal?)
Do you have a classic white shirt? What do you think of them? Are they a closet necessity or just really boring?