But, I cannot deny that the perfect white shirt is something that has tempted and taunted me over many years.
My body shape makes it difficult to fit a classic white shirt, the crispness and stiffness of the shirt often adds extra bulk to my frame and then there is the comfort issue. I often feel too restrained in a crisp white shirt.
There are a number of designers who create the most beautiful, interesting and edgy white shirts. Anne Fontaine makes the most wonderful white shirts. I find them to be more on the conservative side of fashion, but beautiful all the same. Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake design the most interesting and edgy white shirts. Unconventional design, often oversized, and statement pieces. For them the white shirt is not a support item, its often the star of the outfit.
Thankfully some of the more interesting design features are trickling through to the mainstream retailers making them more available to those of us with budget constraints.
My foray into the world of white cotton shirts has been slow and cautious but determined. There had to be a white shirt (maybe even two) out there for me:) And there was.
Of course, it's rare to find what you want when you are specifically looking for it. I found these two shirts browsing in store on two separate occasions.
The Sussan Sheer Back Long Sleeve Shirt (it's a tunic on me) is a nice take on the classic white shirt. The sheer back and sleeves provide more movement and the shirt is not as bulky to wear as it would be with a full cotton back and sleeves. The collar is very small and just right for my not long neck and small head! This is also a great shirt to layer with. To date I have layered a long black, similar length soft jacket, and a long sleeve black cropped knit over it. I do prefer to layer as the expanse of white on my mid section is not totally appealing to my eye.
The second shirt is the White Contrast Edge Shirt from Cos. Cos make some awesome shirts and I was thrilled to find this one. Fit is good, it has a slight A line, sleeves are the right length for me and it is easy and comfortable to wear.
So as you can see, I am treading carefully, erring more on the side of modern classic but hopefully through styling these shirts, I can add some edge. I am now on the look out for something with drape, that is oversized and has some length.
Over to you! Do white shirts of any description have a place in your wardrobe? What role do they play?
And for some white shirt inspiration, take a look at Accidental Icon's White Shirt board on Pinterest *sigh*.