Saturday, August 13, 2011

Customizing the Classics: white shirt

White shirt – Hugo Boss

Beige blouse – Miss Selfridge, Blue blouse – Equipment, Grey shirt - Topshop

Beige blouse – Vanessa Bruno, Ivory blouse – See by Chloe, White blouse – Donna Karan  
Grey sweater – J. Crew, Camel sweater – Ralph Lauren, Beige sweater - Burberry

White tee – Blossom, Camel tee – Oasis, Gray tee - Kookai

Tweed skirt – Lanvin, Camel jeans – Moto, Brown silk pants – 3.1 Phillip Lim

9 comments:

  1. Great advice as always, Vivienne. As you say, we all have unique needs, I wouldn't feel at all comfortable wearing a starchy white shirt.

    Mme UK

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  2. Yes, very good advice. Bright white looks awful on me, so it's good to be reminded that the 'intent' is the important thing.

    I would love it if your 'spreads' had links through to where the clothes can be bought online - so of them I really covet!

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  3. I love your blog, it is amazing. I am Hungarian, and it was difficult for me to find similar sites in my language. However, I found a blog that posts grean capsule wardrobes from Japaneese (!) fashion magazines. They are really great, and perfectly demonstrate how long you can co with only a few items that can be really well combined!I never thought that my greatest fashin inspirations would come from Japan, besides your own faboulous advises!

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  4. You are incredible; what an excellent way to sum up the options for the white shirt by pointing out what the white shirt is "doing" in a wardrobe. I love all the options you've offered; now I "get" the white shirt thing! You are so inspiring, keep up these great posts.

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  5. I can't tell you how often I have bought a white shirt and regretted it; the colour just doesn't work for me and I just feel so stiff in them.

    Thanks for really pointing out the reason for a "white shirt" in your wardrobe and for offering options to get us all thinking!

    Another Canadian

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  6. Since I am only 5"4', short waisted and wear a size D bra - button down white shirts are a no no. Bright Whites also not a great color for me. I have spent far too much time and money looking for and buying button down white shirts.

    Another must have that does not work for me - a beige trench coat. Add too much volume in all the wrong places.

    My must-haves include "V" neck cashmere sweaters.

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  7. So glad you addressed the white shirt issue. For years I've had button front white shirts in my closet and all they did was hang there. I finally got rid of them because I just don't enjoy wearing them. I have several good white tees and love those but the button downs just don't do well. I was beginning to think (after reading that everyone should have one) that I just needed to search for one with the perfect fit. Now I think I'll just be content with my white tees and off-white pullover sweaters. Thanks.

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  8. Thank you for a great post. I agree the "intent" is so important, it is what makes dressing/fashion personal.

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  9. Thank you! This is such excellent advice to keep in mind as I revamp my wardrobe. I love button-down shirts, but they don't like busty me.

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