Since the turn of the century, what a man did for a living could be identified by the color of his shirt; blue for manual labor, white for professional or office.
Coco Chanel shocked the traditionalists by dispensing with the corset and putting women in a loose white shirt. Countless movies over the years portrayed a woman wearing a man’s white shirt from Audrey Hepburn the 1950’s in Roman’s Holiday wore one with the sleeves rolled up. Other Hollywood film icons like Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Deitrich wore them with trousers in a manner influenced by menswear and Uma Thurman wore a white shirt in the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ with ballet shoes and cigarette pants. Countless celebrities don the classic white shirt from younger to older. There are many different styles and materials used to make the white shirt and so many to choose from. So, how do you choose a white shirt that’s right for you? It comes down to cut, shape and fabric.
How To Choose the Right White Shirt
According to British luxury shirt maker Thomas Pink whose London shop is located on Jermyn Street, home of traditional British shirt making, finding the perfect shirt for you lies in selecting the style, collar, cuff, fabric and right fit for the wearer and the occasion. Always measure yourself before choosing to ensure the right for you right now. Choose a style that best fits your figure and shape. A collar is chosen depending on the desired look whether it be formal or casual. The cuff, for example the Double Cuff or the French cuff can be dressed up with the perfect cufflinks or a Cocktail Cuff for women, bigger than a Double Cuff folded back has great flair. The choice of fabric is imperative in ensuring comfort and lasting quality.
The classic white shirt is a wardrobe staple that surely will never go out of style.