Never underestimate the power of the classic white shirt; it can be your savior all spring and summer long. But before I sing the praises of its versatility and timelessness let’s define what a classic white shirt is. First and foremost it must be in crisp, true white, 100% cotton, although an exception can be made for a small amount of stretch (though I prefer without). It buttons all the way down with a pointed collar and has long sleeves with cuffs that can easily be rolled up. For spring/summer 2018 the fit should be generous and without darts or seams shaping the body. I’m even ordering up a size if the fit looks too small.
The Classic White Shirt
The classic white shirt can be worn with everything from faded jeans to a ball skirt. Let’s not forget the white shirt finale on Carolina Herrera’s fall runway. What other item of clothing is equally at home in the boardroom or the beach. Like jeans, the classic white shirt acts as a blank canvas on which to imprint your own personal style. You could roll up the sleeves, unbutton it low and add gobs of necklaces under the shirt against the skin. Tuck it into a slim pair of pants with a strappy high heel and you’re ready for dinner or cocktails. Throw it over a bathing suit and tuck it into a sarong, add sandals, a straw bag and hat and you’re off to the beach in style. You get the idea.
I never spend a lot on a classic white shirt. An intricate cut, sleeve or design detail may warrant the big bucks but then it’s no longer a classic white shirt. The most important thing is that it’s pristine and white. Regardless of cost a white shirt will loose its luster soon enough, it’s better to invest in multiples, like white tees, and replace often. And don’t be afraid to explore the men’s department to get the fit you want.
Here are my recommendations for quality, reasonably priced, white shirts and inspiration on how to wear them. To see more white shirt styling photos follow the Prima Darling White Shirts board on Pinterest.