Style

The Classics: White Shirts


Style starts with a white shirt. This classic closet staple has remained timeless throughout the years for very good reason; it goes with everything from jeans to a ballgown. We asked these five incredibly chic women why they love the white shirt and how they make it their own, now and forever. (Fun fact: Each woman told us they own at least five white shirts! It goes without saying, you can never have too many.)

Jocelyn Beaudoin|Prop Stylist, Interior Decorator & Model

Jocelyn wears Chico’s Coolmax All Season Classic White Shirt

What do you love about a white shirt?  

A white shirt always makes you look pulled together. It’s a classic that always works. I love to wear mine loose and untucked, cuffs undone. But I also like to wear it under a sweater in the winter. I love how the white collar frames the face nicely.  

Any memorable white shirts in your past?  

When I moved to NYC in my twenties, I was short on funds, and my uniform was 2 white shirts that I wore on rotation with jeans and white top sider sneakers or black leggings and boots. They were both in men’s shirting material with a masculine cut, no darts. I remember scrubbing the cuffs and collar after work at night. I always had one pressed and ready to go in the closet.

What’s your favorite way to style a white shirt?  

These days, I wear it with the first 3 buttons undone, tucked into high-waisted, wide leg pants , with lots of gold chains worn inside the shirt. Sleeves rolled up or cuffs unbuttoned. I like it to be of a soft material, so it all looks effortless. 

Who is your favorite white shirt icon? 

Inès de La Fressange. She always looks so chic and you can often see her with a white shirt, ankle-length trousers and loafers. I once saw her in Bon Marché in Paris, food shopping. She looked so elegant, with cropped white jeans, a crisp white shirt and flat sandals. Rolled up sleeves and a big chunky dark bracelet. I kept trying to sneak peak around the aisles to examine the look, it was so inspiring.  

How many white shirts do you own?  

Quite a few, 6 or 7 probably. I have a couple classic men’s style white shirts, some collarless, bib front, long ones, some soft jersey ones, one silk with a bow that I tie very loosely, and a couple linen ones for the hottest summer days. 

Angelique Miles| Speaker & Entrepreneur

Angelique wears Chico’s No Iron Sateen Mix Shirt

What do you love about a white shirt? 

Its simplicity. It’s a clean look that goes with literally anything.

What’s your favorite way to style a white shirt?  

My favorite way to style a white shirt is with either a suit (I love suits) or a pair of jeans. 

Who is your favorite White Shirt Icon?

Audrey Hepburn is the white shirt queen of all queens! 

Lee Woodruff |Author & Philanthropist

Lee wears Chico’s No-Iron Knit-Mix Surplice Shirt

What do you love about a white shirt? 

A white shirt goes with absolutely anything—jeans and flats during the day to evening with chic black pants or a skirt.  It’s also the perfect neutral canvas for a really cool, chunky, loud and proud piece of jewelry.   

Do you white shirt on weekends, workdays, or both? 

Both. I think a white shirt is like a little black dress; you have to be ready to whip it out for any occasion. I don’t go anywhere without a white button down. 

Who is your favorite White Shirt Icon?

I think George Washington or the Three Musketeers probably stand out as being major white shirt influencers through time. Shakespeare may have worn it best—with some flounce! 

How many white shirts do you own?  

I counted 5 hanging shirts. The more casual white T-shirts probably bring me up to ten total. Is that too much? 

Leticia Herrera|Model & Restaurateur

Leticia wears Chico’s Coolmax All Season Classic White Shirt

What do you love about a white shirt? 

I love the crisp, simplicity, elegance and versatility of them. 

Any memorable white shirts in your past? 

I was always inspired by my favorite iconic Hollywood actresses; Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn to name a few. They each showed me the many ways to wear a white shirt: casual, black tie…

 
What is your favorite way to style a white shirt?  

A white shirt goes best with everything! You can’t ever go wrong. It’s simple yet so chic!! You can pair it with trousers, jeans, a long flowy skirt…No matter your preferred style, the classic white shirt is a wardrobe essential! 

How many white shirts do you own?

Not enough. 🙂 

Barbara Garcia|Producer

Barbara wears Chico’s No-Iron Sateen Wing Collar Sateen Shirt

What do you love about a white shirt?

I love the ease and comfort of a white shirt 

Any memorable white shirts in your past? 

I always take a white shirt with me when I travel, which I do a lot. 

What’s your favorite way to style a white shirt?

A white shirt goes best with anything at any time. Best oversized and loosely tucked. 

Who is your favorite White Shirt Icon?

My husband. 

How many white shirts do you own?  

I’d say approx. 5 of my own and all of my husbands. 

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