22 November 2020

It's the turn of the classic white shirt....

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So. Here's an item I find trickier to style. The white shirt. Hence I don't actually own one at the moment. After a rummage through my husbands wardrobe I found one suitable for the purpose of this blog post! If I was looking to buy one I'd be going for an oversized style. The more fitted shirts just aren't conducive to my lifestyle which is getting more casual year after year! After a little peruse online I spotted this Weekday one that would fit the bill!

There are two main reasons why I don't have one in my wardrobe. Firstly I've never found the 'one' and let me tell you......I've dabbled with a few! I've just never found the perfect one. Reason number two. Now here's something I've only recently learnt about myself - anything high maintenance in my wardrobe I tend not to reach for. Linen in spring/summer I can do......it's supposed to have the crumpled look. Cotton not so much! I feel I have to iron/steam before each wear as I admit to being quite fastidious about my cotton looking crisp and sharp! So you can see why a classic white cotton shirt is relegated to the back of the wardrobe or spends weeks in the ironing pile once it's been washed!

I'm not one to shy from a challenge though and one of my lovely readers requested this post so here we go! 

All my looks are monochrome but that's not to say that you couldn't use a pop of colour instead of plumping for black and white! I've started with one of my capsule wardrobe staples - the pleated skirt. I'm thinking of upgrading my black one to a faux leather one as I think it would look a bit edgier.....the fabric of mine is quite flat. Anyway, I digress. I've paired with a chunky boot and a half tuck as I need a bit of definition at the waist. The tuck definitely gives the look a more modern twist. I think untucked the shirt has a tendency to add a few pounds to my frame. 

New Look pleated skirt, past season - alternative here

I think the sleeveless tank tops that are so on trend this year would look great over this ensemble. I don't have one because that's another item I find a little one dimensional and I might not find myself wearing all that much. But just so you can see what I mean.......

Incorporating two of my favourite things here.......stripes and leopard print! I'm sure many of us have a something akin to these coated skinnies in our wardrobes and I would more than likely throw my puffer coat over the top keeping it all very casual.

All Saints jumper, past season - alternative here
New Look hi tops, past season - alternative here 

My favourite look! Love the short with the wide leg trousers - layered with a boxy knit and white trainers! For a little pzazz........as always I turn to a bit of leopard print!
& Other Stories jumper, past season - alternative here
M&S coat, past season - eBay search here or alternative here

A classic Parisien combo here. Blue jeans, black blazer and I've gone with a masculine lace up boots for an androgynous vibe.

& Other Stories blazer, past season - alternative here
M.i.h jeans, past season - alternative here
Paul Smith boots via Kilver Court outlet- alternative here

Finally a dressier look. Faux leather trousers with the shirt tied at the waist. I've popped on some metallic party shoes but I think a strappy black sandal would look elegant as well. Couldn't resist adding a spot of leopard print here too!

New Look faux leather trousers, past season - alternative here
Gap shoes, past season - alternative here
Next leopard print bag, past season - alternative here

A bonus - but not from me........I adore this look with the black skirt worn over a bias cut satin black slip dress.....another great styling idea for the white shirt courtesy of Allison Bornstein.

Hope that's given you a few ideas........I'd love to hear how you wear your white shirt! Like I said - do try injecting some colour, the white shirt would look fab with a hot pink or emerald green layered over it. I headed straight over to Pinterest to get some ideas for this post - just type white shirt outfit to start searching!

Next time I'm going to tackle faux leather trousers as so far I've only shared dressier outfits so I'm going to try out some more casual looks.

Let me know if you have any requests!

Back soon, Michelle x


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