The Classic White Shirt by Teri Shookla
One thing that I have noticed about various beauty icons is the fact that they look absolutely gorgeous in a classic white shirt. One fashion icon that always looks stunning is Carolina Herrera, who at the age of 71 is the epitome of classic beauty.
Audrey Hepburn famously wore a man’s shirt tied in the back to show off her tiny waist. A classic white shirt can lighten and highlight a persons’ appearance. It helps draw the attention up to the face. And the true beauty and character of the wearer comes through. Everyone should invest in some decent high quality shirts. There are many great styles available from Banana Republic. They are great for any occasion and are the perfect neutral base, which can be dressed up or down.
And here are a few interesting facts regarding the white shirt. The oldest white shirt in history dates back to 3000 BC and was found in a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarken. The shirt was made of linen and had pleated sleeves and a fringed neck. Another fact is that the whole concept of “white collar” – as in “white collar jobs” and “white collar crime”- was coined by Pulitzer Prize winner and socialist Upton Sinclair in the 1930s. It comes from the days when all management and administrative staff would wear white shirts while manual workers would wear blue shirts and the foremen would wear brown. I guess it stuck.
It is also the stuff of fashion legend that, in 1992, Anna Wintour featured nine supermodels – Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, and Cindy Crawford among them, on the cover of the 100th anniversary special of American Vogue. They all wore the same shirt from the Gap tied at the waist. It just goes to show that the classic white shirt has stood the test of time and continues to enhance the beauty of the wearer to this day.
Here are a few tips on buying a classic white shirt:
• If you’re petite, make sure everything about the shirt is in scale to your body. You don’t want oversize collars, overly fussy details, too-wide lapels, too-long sleeves or too long of a tail on the shirt.
• If you’re busty, make especially sure that the shirt buttons in the right places so it doesn’t gap. Buxom figures should stay away from ruffles or extra details on the upper part of the shirt.
• For a slimming effect, especially if you go in at the waist, slightly fitted shirts are better.
• If you have an undefined waist, though, the blousier look might work better.
• If your tummy pooches out, a blouse that’s ruched on the side can disguise it.
• Vertical white-on-white stripes are very slimming.
• Check how see-through the shirt is when you try it on.
• Also check that all seams are sewn smooth and flat; if they bunch or there is an extra wrinkle, the shirt will look cheap.
• If white doesn’t enhance your complexion, add a pop of color with a necklace — say, bold turquoise, coral, jet-black or bamboo beads. Or add a scarf, cardigan or jacket.
• If you have a favorite white shirt, that’s fine, but try new styles, too — pin tucks, darts, piping, colored buttons, bell sleeves, three-quarter length sleeves. All will update the look.