Is there any fashion item that’s more lauded than the simple white shirt? Probably not. It’s on every “must-have list” of “wardrobe staples” I’ve ever read. You know, those fashion items we’re told every girl or woman needs in their closet. Right up there with a great pair of jeans. The white shirt has been on the cover of fashion magazines like Vogue countless times. Even on their famous 100th Anniversary issue in April 1992. By the way if you want to get your hands on a copy of this so-called “iconic” issue…. there’s one for sale on Kijiji for only $50.00. Seriously.
I’m not disputing the value of a great white shirt. Or blouse. I always have a couple in my closet. Right now I own a classic, white, button down shirt. As well as a tuxedo-style one with ruffles down the front. It looks great under a mannish tweed jacket for fall. Some women just have the knack of looking fabulous in a white shirt. Lauren Bacall. Audrey Hepburn. Ines de la Fressange. And Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. She had great style, didn’t she?
I’ve noticed that the rumpled white shirt is big this season. I’m too much of a neat freak, and I like ironing too much to sport that look.
But even though the white shirt, however you wear it, rumpled or pressed, is still the reigning queen, fashion does seem to be having a blue shirt moment. I loved this blue shirt when I saw it in a post by Alyson Walsh on her blog That’s Not My Age. She talks about how this cover for the July issue of British Vogue garnered all kinds of on-line yammering… mostly negative. You can read Alyson’s post here. But despite the slings and arrows hurled at Vogue about this cover, I agree with Alyson… Stella Tennant looks wonderful. The very epitome of “ageless style” at only forty-four. I might be biased, though. After all her grandmother was a Mitford.
Jenna Lyons, creative director and president of J. Crew, also sports a blue shirt with pizzazz.
So is the blue shirt becoming the new white shirt? Ines de la Fressange says it is. She thinks it’s a “wardrobe staple,” clean and crisp and not as boring as a white shirt.
And now I am joining the ranks of blue shirt owners. So exciting. This is my new, blue, going-into-fall shirt. I bought this blue Equipment shirt at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I like the shirt-tail hem, and the generous cut. And I love it with these Paige high-rise, skinny jeans. And my Stuart Weitzman loafers. I’ll probably add my blue Smythe blazer in the fall. Or I have a longer (mid-thigh length) black, Elie Tahari jacket that might be even better. Fall outfit planning is so satisfying.
But for now, I swapped the loafers for my Stan Smith Adidas for a day of shopping with my sister. We are picking up a gorgeous Escada dress that she bought last week at the Anniversary Sale, and had altered. And we have appointments at Nordstrom for a bra fitting. Shopping for a bra can be sooo frustrating. The overwhelming number of brands, and styles and colours…. and sizes. It is not an activity for the faint of heart.
So I’m off. Hopefully looking casual and cool in my new blue shirt. Even if I’m not rumpled and frayed like the really cool girls. I can’t bring myself to do rumpled. Or wrinkled. Well, except for the other non-trendy facial-wrinkled-ness… definitely got that going on.
Ah well, you work with what ya got, people.
Three hours after I took this shot, and two new perfectly fitting bras each to the good, my sister and I were scarfing down thin crust pizza at the restaurant in Nordstrom and giggling like teenagers. Wrinkles and all. We do love our sisterly shopping days.
What about you? White shirt or blue shirt? Rumpled or pressed?