Fashion- Redefining The White Shirt
If you’re like me, it’s likely that you’ve grossly misunderestimated the benefits of having a white shirt in your wardrobe that perfectly reflects your style. Classic, timeless and with the uncanny ability to transform an outfit, a white shirt is not called a wardrobe staple for nothing.
Reinterpreted seasonally by designers, the white shirt once considered as nothing more than office wear for men in the 1920s has grown in popularity so much that it’s now ingrained in iconic cinematic history; anyone remember the Julia Roberts scene in Pretty Woman, Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction or perhaps Baby in Dirty Dancing?
In modern fashion, it’s not unusual to see a white shirt teamed with a full skirt on a red carpet. A look that’s become accepted thanks to Carolina Herrera who has well and truly adopted this interpretation as her go-to look when she takes a bow at the end of her runway shows.
Read on for five ways you can redefine how you view the white shirt and incorporate into your wardrobe.
If you work in a corporate environment, you can keep it simple. Worn with high-waisted palazzo pants, a pencil skirt or a pair of slouchy men’s style trousers, the white shirt has a natural wardrobe match. You can command respect in the office whilst channeling masculine chic fashion.
At the beach
The perfect cover up, you’ll question why you ever wasted money buying a beaded kaftan or sarong! Not only is it cheap as it’s more than likely you’ll wear a shirt that you already own, but it’s far more suitable for its purpose as a cover up. Lightweight cotton and light-reflective white means that not only are you going to be the epitome of beach-time chic, but you’ll be cool at the same time.
There is truly nothing as chic and comfortable as a white shirt teamed with a voluminous skirt on the red carpet. This unexpected pairing ensures that not only are you observing the dress code for the event you’re attending, but you feel inherently cool for your seemingly unfussed approach. Another option is to fully channel menswear styling on the red carpet by wearing a chic tuxedo along with your white shirt, topping it off of course with a pair of killer heels.
Out and about at the weekend
If you usually stick to T-shirts and vests at the weekend, this is for you. Just as the white shirt is an unexpected success on the red carpet, there are also a variety of ways you can rock it at the weekend either during the day or on nights out.
Instead of wearing a wrapper or a bubu at home, wear a white shirt. Giving you the same loose and carefree feeling you get when wearing a bubu, a white shirt injects something a little playful to your post-work outfit. Even better, if you happen to be wearing your husband or boyfriend’s shirt he’ll much prefer you in this compared to your usual household uniform.
So, no more excuses, get out there and redefine how you don your white shirt!
Funmi is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle consultant who has worked internationally, strategising for a range of brands including the Arcadia Group and Jumia Nigeria.