A truly smart – casual staple of any corporate wardrobe is a white collar shirt. Simple and elegant; not so plain and boring. The classic white shirt and its diverse styling options effectively form the core of a capsule wardrobe. The sine qua non of a work-wear collection, it looks sharp and subtly authoritative
There are many ways to style this little number regardless of the occasion. Lets however focus on 3 ways to wear and style a white shirt for the office:
Simply worn with a fitted skirt or trouser suit. Team with pointy court shoes for instant sophistication. Power-dressing at its best. Evoking an image of I’m the Boss, run a boardroom meeting like you own it!
Sharpen up. Ensure your shirt is crisp, clean and ideally steam ironed. Opt for:
- Slim fit
- Simple long sleeves
- Easy iron
Tip: to keep your shirts ultra white soak them in soda or aspirin solution before washing. Lemon or distilled white vinegar are also known to dissolve stains. It is advisable to launder your white clothes separately in the hottest water setting.
For a more laid back aesthetic, an oversized shirt will hit the spot. Tailored and cut to a relaxed silhouette for that ‘boyfriend’ appeal. Effortlessly cool and confident. The oversized shirt will be a versatile addition to your work wardrobe, stirring a fresh take on the off-duty style. Roll up the sleeves and balance the casual silhouette with slim cut trousers or culottes, and a pair of brogues.
Layered – underneath a loose dress or sweater. Cosy and smart in one. A great look for a more relaxed day in the office or a bowling session after work.
WITH A TWIST
If you like to wear a white shirt on its own, dress it up with some ample or structured accessories.
- Scarf, cravat, ruffles – a patterned wrap or loop silk scarf pairs brilliantly with a white shirt and ups your street-savvy style. Paisley or floral patterns add a touch of feminity. A ruffle front blouse makes a nice alternative.
- Chunky necklace – a statement jewelry piece can be worn both over and under the shirt depending on the look.
- Collar pins and brooches – these little add ons can transform a simple shirt in an instant. Collar chain tip or clip brooch pins add a chic finishing touch to a formal look.
Ramp up your style with a classic crisp, pure cotton white shirt for the perfect corporate ensemble. Display the professionalism and confidence to face both the conservative and the start up crowd.
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