Fashion is meant to be fun, but your closet should always house some serious staples. My personal favorite is the white cotton shirt. It’s always a fallback for me when I am not sure how to dress but still want to look chic. From button up styles to off the shoulder silhouettes, the white cotton shirt is a perennial favorite that goes with everything.
You can dress a white cotton shirt up a la Sharon Stone on the red carpet. Or, dress it down with cut off jean shorts and flip flops on the weekend. White shirts over the years have gotten some serious upgrades for women. Whether it’s better tailoring, just the right oversized proportions, or some serious elements of fun like ruffles, today’s white cotton shirts aren’t the odd-fitting ones you know from elementary school uniforms or your aunt’s 1980’s closet. I personally think crisp cotton shirts are making a comeback!
Even with fun modern detailing like these major ruffles here, there’s something supremely classic about a white cotton shirt. Therefore, I kept most of the other outfit’s elements in that same realm with classic denim, a gray cardigan, and timeless black pumps. The only “statement” thing (other than the ruffles, of course) that I’m wearing is my favorite belt from B Low The Belt. It adds a little something to the outfit without overdoing it.
Here’s a handful of crisp white shirts to add to your closet now :
Scroll down to the very bottom of this post to shop the entire look I’m wearing here.
A crisp button up shirt and old school blue jeans is so Americana to me. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. I felt so womanly and chic wearing this outfit! It’s very “I could wear this to a business casual lunch and then go straight to drinks after.” I’m always the most comfortable in denim, and pairing it with this shirt took me to the next level. FYI, I’m wearing Levi’s Wedgie Fit cropped straight leg jeans. They are old school denim with hardly any stretch and they just feel right. I had to size up one size so just be aware of that when ordering.
You’re going to have to excuse my hair in all of these photos. These were taken in NYC in what I kind of believe was the windiest day of the year, but my photographer and I had so much fun just going with the flow.
We shot outside of one of my favorite hotels in the city, the Roxy Hotel. It’s right below Soho in Tribeca so it’s near a ton of stuff, but in a quiet little pocket. At nighttime there’s jazz music playing, and without sounding totally cheesy (okay, completely cheesy) it’s just so romantic and swanky that I just can’t get enough of it. I’ll have to write another post where I gush about my love for NYC, but for now, enjoy this outfit, that’s just as classic as the hotel in these photos.