The white shirt
Women have their black dress, and we have the white shirt. Timeless, chic and easy to match, never inapropriate: undoubtedly a must-have! Let us review some styles that you have to own in your wadrobe:
The white poplin shirt, with cutaway collar and classic cuffs, is the quitessence of shirts. Simple and almost severe, it symbolizes eternal elegance. Just like this Charles Tyrwhitt model, make sure that it features pearl buttons.
$69 from Charles Tyrwhitt.
The small cutaway collar, just like on this Filippa K shirt has made its comeback since few seasons with a minimalist, skimpy view of fashion: slim ties, fine lapels, slim fitted trousers… (a rebith of the 1960s Mods trend). Such a small collar often matches slim ties, even if some people dare doing every button up to the throat, without any tie (this is called “air tie”). Be careful, small collars won’t greately match long necks or wide faces.
€140 from Menlook
The white shirt also knows how to get more casual, featuring a button-down collar and a Oxford fabric, just like this one from NN.07. It usually has an American collar and sometimes a chest pocket. Then, no question wearing it with a suit and a tie; the relaxed white shirt is ideal for weekends or holidays. For the summer, linen may be a suitable alternative.
£70 from Mr Porter
Wear it with some chinos and a cardigan.
The smocking shirt has almost dissapeared of collections, “black tie” night are getting increasingly rare in our era. Despite this, it is still a necessary complement of the evening outfit, for a chic buffet or a premiere at the opera. The plastron could come in a piqué cotton fabric, example with this Burberry Prorsum shirt, but it should always feature French cuffs. Prefer turndowns to wing collars which are often very well cutted in ready-to-wear clothing.
£295 from Mr Porter
I you are never satisfied with ready-to-wear shirts, here is your solution: bespoke.
From semi-finished clothing brands like Samson or Swann & Oscar, you can choose lots of details for your shirt like the collar and cuff type, colors of the buttons, the shirt’s cut and the fabric : poplin, twill… proposed in a large palette of whites. When choosing bespoke, be aware that you will finally get your utimate white shirt. Then, creation would have only one limit: your own imagination. Your final product would be crafted by hand according to all of your demands, with the finest materials and fabrics: Swiss baptiste, Egyptian cotton or silky Sea Island cotton . Perfection, that you will find at Lucca, Courtot or Charvet for example.