The holy trinity of white shirts: a classic cotton shirt, a silk shirt, and a shirt with a special cut or detail. Have those three in your closet and you will be able to style any look from serious to more funny business. While many think white shirts a boring basic, it is definitely worth investing in some for your wardrobe as you will probably live in them. Quality is obviously a deciding factor, but these classics can still be exciting and are some of the most versatile pieces in every closet. No wonder they have been around forever, mostly as a status symbol of aristocracy in the middle ages (wonder if the damsels back then stole them for a cool boyfriend look?) but it was not until the 19th century that women started wearing them. Nowadays, women wear white shirts for interviews, dinner parties, to meet the in-laws and, of course, in bed after stealing it from the boyfriend. So having the three classic forms of a white shirt will be essential to dress well for any possible occasion.
A classic crisp white cotton shirt, maybe even button down, will show the world that you are down-to-earth, tackling your challenges and not afraid to work. It gives you a clean cut, strong, more masculine look. The off-duty style is perfected pairing it with hot pants, Birkenstocks and lots of sun.
Classic and feminine white silk shirts are something that pile up in most of our wardrobes, and for a reason! They can be styled with virtually anything and will make you look sophisticated. Make sure to purchase higher-quality and thicker silk so the shirt will last longer and not be see-through. When paired with a printed skirt and some statement jewellery, silk blouses are also great when styling for a dinner party or cocktails.
While many careers demand a certain uniform, some let you have more fun with fashion (and there is always casual Friday). Maybe with a special collar, some layering or pleats, more daring shirts should definitely be in your work wardrobe, as long as they don’t show too much or undermine your brilliance.