Classic Clothing Series: The White Shirt

The white shirt is one of those ‘wardrobe essentials’ I find very difficult to get right.  Not only do I find it difficult to find the perfect classic white shirt, I find it hard to obtain a white shirt with a twist, something a little different but still in the essentials vein.

These photos were taken in Austin, Texas just before I left America.  I love this oversized shirt shape, how the sleeves fall long and the feeling of being cocooned.  I don’t think there is anything sexier than a simple style like this – a white shirt being a wardrobe staple for work wear or worn with jeans on lazy weekends.

So here we are. A shortlist of my current favourite white (cream and off white) shirts for this post:

With a twist:

Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt

Diesel Cropped Back Shirt from ASOS.

Classics:

J Crew Blythe Blouse

Whistles Iris Blouse

And one for the boys:

I found this shirt in white in McQueen in NYC and loved it.  Although expensive (!) it’s a stunning shirt for the boys: Harness Shirt (yes, yes I know but isn’t it great)!

I’m wearing: white shirt from Marks & Spencer.  Jeans, Legging Jean from GAP.  Skull clutch from my friend Nicole Rosano – see her Etsy shop here.

With thanks to Steve Wampler Photography and Alex Suarez for the images.

Black, White & Denim: Blazer, Shirt & Jeans

On my travels around Texas this weekend I opted for one of my favourite classic looks – a black blazer paired with a silk shirt (from Reiss, old season) and my Levi’s jeans.  I’ve been on a real mission lately to streamline my wardrobe and pull together those ‘classic’ pieces that I wear again and again.  What I have ended up with is two-thirds of a closet that is made up of black, white and denim, hence taking the advice of Jo Davies, the founder and owner of one of my favourite English boutiques of the same name:  ”Get the three essential building blocks of black, white and denim right and everything else will fall into place.” (Jo Davies, Black White Denim.)

Quality is paramount in building a wardrobe of classic pieces and there are a handful of brands I feel are excellent for these essentials.  Reiss (of course!) and Helmut Lang for jackets, shirts and tees.  J brand and Levi’s for denim:

Look one (image above, left) Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt; Helmut Lang Sugar Cropped Jacket and J brand Jeans.
Look two (image above, right) Reiss Ella Jacket; Helmut Lang Threadbare Cowl Back Tee and Levi’s Low Rise Demi Curve Skinny Jeans.

An effortless way of looking good, pieces like these are a great way to begin structuring your wardrobe.  I’m focussing on more of my black, white and denim classics over the next few months Blog Reader, so I’d love to hear your thoughts below on the wardrobe staples you can’t live without, too.

Wearing: Blazer, River Island. Jeans: Levi’s.  Shirt, Reiss. Sandals, ALDO.