What’s not to love about a crisp, white shirt?

Did you know that the oldest white shirt in history dates back to 3000 BC, found in an Egyptian tomb? So tell me that #4 in our series isn’t a staple?!

The Fit

If you’re petite, everything about the shirt should be in scale to your body.

If you’re busty, the buttons should be in the right places to avoid gaps. Buxom figures should stay away from ruffles or extra details on the upper part of the shirt, and you might consider a fabric with stretch.

For a slimming effect, fitted shirts are better. However, if you have an undefined waist, try a blousier look.

If you have a pooch, a blouse that’s ruched on the sides can disguise it.

If white doesn’t enhance your complexion, add a pop of color with a necklace, scarf, cardigan or jacket.

(Try one of the Pantone Spring 2013 colors.)

And finally – my suggestion – if you’re tall enough to handle the length in the body and sleeves, shop the men’s department. I buy the slim-cut dress shirts. The collars and cuffs are stiffer than the woman’s version, and they wash and wear really well.

Most Popular

The most popular sources for a classic white shirt are Brooks Brothers, The Gap and Target.

Which of these outfits is your favorite?

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Replace the jeans with your black dress pants, and you have a very sharp traditional look with a modern vibe.

Modern nautical.  So cute for Spring.

Modern nautical. So cute for Spring.

A couple more smart office looks.

A couple more smart office looks.


Short-sleeved version

Short-sleeved version

Comfy casual

Comfy casual

4 thoughts on “What’s not to love about a crisp, white shirt?

  1. My fave of these outfits would be what looks to be taupe pants and red heels. I would also have to say that from your previous post I love the navy and olive combination – wow!

  2. I like how classic the first outfit looks. I’m really in love with blacks and grays this season (it’s what I’m wearing today) but this example looks a lot classier than most of the outfits I can put together from my closet.

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