June 28, 2013
White shirts are an absolute classic, right?
Everybody should own one.
Everybody should pull it out and wear it whenever they’re in doubt about what to wear.
Uhhhh – I don’t quite agree. Yes, there are times and places where a white shirt is the most appropriate choice – a conservative job interview, for example. But many of us, on a day to day basis, might be better flattered to wear tops that are closer in color to our pants or skirts – if not a solid color, then a darker background. See what you think…
Belovedest and I saw this woman a couple of days ago, and he asked me why she seemed so out of proportion – the woman in question is actually tall and thin. Her white tee shirt looked fresh and bright, but it did cut her proportions in an unfortunate way.The outfit on the right would have been more flattering, although it might require some deft accessorizing near her face to make the black not seem harsh. There can be no question that the white tee shirt is easier to wear…
Job interviews pretty much require a white shirt or blouse, for some industries, but once you have the job, consider getting another blouse to tone with the colors of your suit. While many of us couldn’t wear this shade of beige successfully, the ideal holds true for suits in any color.
The outfit on the left is perfectly lovely, and with the right scarf or jewelry could be beautiful. But the outfit on the right flows visually more easily, and gives you a bit less of a sense of being chopped at the waist.
The general idea even holds true for printed and patterned garments – a darker background that is close in color to your shorts, pants or skirt is worth considering.
Although this doesn’t explain to us how to make these tops cooler in hot weather, or more flattering to our complexions…