The term “effortlessly chic” gets thrown around a lot in fashion. In reality, these two words are rarely applicable. But when it comes to the white shirt? Absolutely. No matter what sort of budget you have or what kind of sense of style, the white shirt is the ultimate wardrobe staple. Is there anything so simple yet so chic? It’s so easy to wear at the weekend and for the office. Perfect for a night out but also a night in watching Netflix. It’s the ultimate classic to have, and whether it’s oversized or fitted, linen or poplin, there are endless ways this classic piece appeals and can be rendered. I can’t get enough of them!
The white shirt even has its own icons. Old Hollywood stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wore them loose with capri trousers or tucked into pencil skirts. Another recognizable look comes from Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, in which she wore a white shirt tied at the waist and a miniskirt.
But whatever your preference, one thing’s for certain: Finding the one that fits you is like finding the fashion holy grail. It needs to fit just right, and not gape at the chest or be so huge you look pregnant (unless you actually are, of course). It needs to weather a coffee spill (because it will happen), and it needs to be long-lasting because when you find the ultimate one, you’ll never get rid of it.
I like these 3: