What’s the difference between a shirt and a blouse? What is the power that lies behind a white shirt? Which neckline is right for you? This Closet Confessions I deep dive into one of the most populated parts of my wardrobe and talk about the significance and versatility of a white shirt.
When I say white, I’m talking about a spectrum of white, ecru or cream, and it’s important to find the colour that makes the most of your skin, hair and eyes. Consider whether you’re a cool or warm-toned person and hold the colour up to yourself in natural daylight to get the best representation.
In terms of shirts, I prefer not to cut my neck in half with collars (and it means I don’t get makeup on the pristine white fabric) so I generally go for round necklines but I do love the structure of a shirt, particularly when it becomes like architecture on your body. To maintain their prim appearance, it’s important to press your shirts and even use some starch.
When it comes to detail, I always think covered buttons are so effortlessly pretty and they make an item ageless. I also love being able to do a front tuck so I tend to look for shirts that aren’t straight across the hem; tucking enables you to give definition and reproportion your figure.
Some of my go-to brands are Cos, Massimo Dutti, River Island, Zara and Victoria Beckham. And if you find a white shirt you love ladies, my suggestion is to buy more than one...
Shoes: Stella McCartney
1st shirt: Riverisland
Metallic jacket: Zara
2nd shirt: Massimo Dutti
Ornate jacket: Zara
3rd shirt: Cos Stores
4th shirt: Topshop
5th shirt: Victoria Beckham for Target
6th shirt: Alaïa
7th shirt: Me + Em