Every woman needs one really terrific white shirt. I don't mean a white tee shirt, although you should have one of those, too. I mean a nice white shirt, with a collar and cuffs and buttons up the front, something you can wear with jeans or a suit or anything in between.
The white shirt is the ultimate wardrobe basic for a couple of reasons: it is universally flattering, it never goes out of style, and you can wear it with virtually anything. The classic white shirt is universally flattering.
White reflects light, so a crisp white shirt brightens up your face no matter how
little sleep you've had. Still not convinced? Add a colorful accessory--the white shirt is a perfect background for that hard-to-match scarf or multi-colored strand of beads you're always wishing you could wear.
The V neckline of the white shirt flatters everyone, regardless of build, because it frames your face and neck. Pick a shirt that fits properly through the chest, even if it means altering the waist; wear a neutral (not white) bra for full coverage. For a more casual look, layer your white shirt over a tank top in a light pastel color.The white shirt never goes out of style.corollary: No matter what your personal style, there is a white shirt for you.
When you think "white shirt" don't just think "button down." Look for distinctive details--a larger collar, say, or a tuxedo front--that reflect your own personal look. Think about French cuffs and mandarin collars and embroidery. White doesn't have to be boring, and your white shirt doesn't have to look like you borrowed it from his closet.
However! A great menswear shirt can be very chic on a girl. I like the classic, 1950's Oxford-and-capris look for weekends, and Sharon Stone very successfully paired her husband's dress shirts with ball skirts for black tie events.You can wear the white shirt with virtually anything.
For maximum flexibility, choose a white shirt with a slim cut; go with a slightly longer tail, to cover lower rise pants and skirts. Something in a cotton blend will wrinkle less, or look for shirts that are wrinkle resistant. Wear your white shirt under a jacket or sweater, or over a tank or camisole. Wear it with jeans and silk skirts. Tuck it in for a more polished look, or leave it untucked for something more casual. I wear my white shirt with wool trousers and a jean jacket--if I am going to leave the jacket on, I layer the shirt collar over the jacket collar.
The white shirt is perhaps the ONLY piece that EVERY woman needs in her closet. Get yourself one today.