HIS White Shirt for YOU!


One of my favorite wardrobe items isn't found in the Women's department of any store. You have to go to the Men's department to find it. It's a white shirt. I have both a dress shirt and an oxford buttondown shirt from the Men's department. I shopped for them just as carefully as I shop for any of my clothes from the Women's department, maybe more so. I want the collar to be a bit loose on  my neck, but not huge. I want the bust and hips to skim my figure and not be tight. But I also don't want the waist area to be baggy. So I look for slim cut shirts with the darts in them. If I can't buy them to fit as I want them, I can always make the adjustments myself. I prefer that the darts already by there rather than putting darts into a shirt that has none. I also like a shirt that requires no ironing. And over the years, I haven't stopped at just white. But His White Shirt is the classic, so that's what I'm looking at today.
Let's look at the absolute BASIC style.

Be sure to try on the shirt before you buy. Fit is important in this. You don't want it tight in the bust or hips and making you look like a sausage. You also don't want the neck to be too small or too huge on you. It should be a bit larger than your neck, but not overly large when buttoned. If you can, buy a TALL size, so that you get more length for a tunic look. Look for the words PERMA PRESS  or NO IRON on the package. That tells you it's going to be easy to care for. And if you get the tapered fit, you can adjust the fit if you need to, or you can take it to a tailor who can adjust it for you if you're not a sewer.

Okay, so how can you wear His White Shirt? Let's see!

Start with jeans and a green tank top. Dark green open toe booties and a floral and leaf clutch. Add a bracelet and earrings in lime and blue tones to keep your mind on spring! Now for the white shirt part...
Unbutton all the buttons, the collar, down the front and the cuffs. Before you put it on, fold back the cuffs 3 times. It's easier to do when you're not wearing it. Then toss it on over the green tank and leave it open. You're styling His White Shirt!

This time it's jeans and a green checkered blouse. Green croc pumps and a color blocked bag add interest. Green and blue jewelry keep our color scheme shiny! And the white shirt part? Put the white shirt on over the green checkered shirt and button them both up all but the top two buttons. Keep the collar of the green shirt inside the white shirt. If you have buttons on the collar of your white shirt, be sure to unbutton them as well. Unbutton two buttons at the bottom of the front of your white shirt so that the green checks show, just for fun and some color. Now, fold back both sets of cuffs together so that the green cuffs show. You have to do this after you put it on so that they go together properly, so you might want to have someone else help you do this. One or two folds is enough. And you're styling His White Shirt!

Start with a pair of white jeans, then the white shirt. Button the white shirt all the way up at the neck, collar buttons, too, if you have them. Then put on the green cardigan sweater, it needs to have buttons. Button your sweater all the way, too. Push up the sleeves of the cardigan, then fold the cuffs of the white shirt back over them. Now, you're ready for those great ombre and studded flats and the palm print clutch. Add on great blue jewelry for some more color! And you're styling His White Shirt, again!

Start with this cute striped tank with the birds and the dark wash denim pencil skirt. Slip on the aqua suede mules and pretty aqua earrings. You can grab the blue leather and suede hobo bag after we fix the white shirt...
...unbutton ALL the buttons, roll back the cuffs about 3 folds, then put the shirt on over the tank and skirt. Smooth the shirt in place and belt it with the slim leather belt. And you're styling!

Start with the white cropped jeans and the bright leaf print tank. Add the bright orange-yellow sandals and the character clutch for fun! The bracelet and earrings bring all the colors together for shine! And the white shirt...
...unbutton ALL of the buttons, roll back the cuffs about 3 folds and put on the shirt over the tank. Grasp the front shirt tails and tie them at your waist and let the tails hang down. Yup, you're styling again! 

And there are other ways to wear His White Shirt, of course. You can touch it up with an iron and wear it to work with a nice pair of slacks or a nice pencil skirt. You can tie it at the waist over a pretty floral summery skirt or a sweet tulle skirt, long or short. You can top it over a spring or summer dress. Or you can slip it over a bathing suit and cutoffs and call it done. It's even great to sleep in or eat breakfast in on the weekend. 

There used to be a saying that a woman was never sexier than when she was wearing a man's shirt. Well, I'm sure it has to be a special man's shirt, but you'd have to ask that special man, I guess. I know my husband likes the look.

But, even if it has nothing to do with sexy or that special man, wearing His White Shirt is a great style and has long been a classic. So go check out the Men's department and see what treasures you can find!

See you Thursday for The Digital Gallery!
Judi and the Blue Cat