The classic white shirt is a staple piece for any woman. It can be worn for almost any occasion, like with a ball gown skirt or over a swimsuit. But finding the right one can be tricky.
If your style is casual, you can pair it with distressed denim and killer loafers. If your style is contemporary, how about some culottes and hoop earrings. If your style tilts toward corporate, a pencil skirt and a chunky necklace. Whatever your style, you can make a white shirt work for you.
My favorite white shirts come from Banana Republic. Their Riley Fit shirt ($68) has a classic, slightly tailored fit. If you prefer something more relaxed in a tunic length, try this Parker Fit tunic ($78). Many of their styles also come in petite and tall sizes. For plus-size ladies, I’ve heard good things about the Foxcroft non-iron shirts at Nordstrom ($108).
To get the perfect fit for you, I recommend sizing up and tailoring down. Is it more work? Yes. Is it worth the $30-$40 and extra week of your time? Oh my gosh, yes.
I am usually a size 2-4 on top depending on the brand. I buy size 6 or sometimes 8 button up shirts so that they can be taken in to fit perfectly. This process prevents gaping at the buttons, bunching under the sleeves, and a host of other issues. It feels like the shirt was made for me, because it basically was.
If you have serious problems with gaping at the bust, several brands now make shirts designed to fix the issue. M&S makes fuller bust shirts with more room in the chest and a different button design. And there’s always “The Shirt” by Rochelle Behrens that features a double placket to keep gaps from happening.
What’s your favorite white shirt or your favorite way to wear it?
[featured image from Vogue magazine 1988]