They never fail to suck me right in…those wardrobe “must have” lists and articles. And while I’ve found that they might be helpful overall for building a capsule wardrobe, there are always a few items on every list that are “n/a” (not applicable) for me; either they don’t work for my body, my style or my life. Perhaps you’ve had the same experience. I thought it might be fun over the next few weeks to take a few of these and explore alternatives.
Part 1 – The White Shirt™
Who doesn’t admire the chic and classic “crisp white shirt?” I spent years figuratively banging my head against walls trying to find a CWS that worked for me. Being big-busted and short-waisted meant that tucking in was challenging at best, impossible most of the time. Not to mention the bust-gaping issue. Even when I found a shirt that worked with my measurements, wearing it untucked often looked sloppy or frumpy. Not to mention the creases that are an unfortunate by-product of “crisp” fabrics after sitting at a desk for a few hours.
Maybe you too love the look of a white shirt, but like me find the classic woven iterations don’t work with your shape or are just too stiff. Or perhaps you find that stark white doesn’t work with your complexion. There are some options that can play the part a classic white shirt, and may be better ensemble players in your wardrobe. (My current version is a longer crinkled white linen in a shape similar to this. Less formal, but suits my style)
Another option is to look for classic styles in silk or jersey fabrics. These will drape nicely, and often can be worn untucked.
If you’re willing to move a little further beyond the most classic, try a tunic, v-neck, tie neck, or collarless style, and even soft colors like ivory, nude and ballet pink.
Do you have an alternative version of a white shirt? Or will only the classic do?
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