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The Classic White Shirt Story

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If you don’t already have a classic white shirt in your closet, it’s time to add one. This item is a fashion staple, able to easily make the transition from casual to dressy, work to evening. The crisp color is polished and can be worn with just about any other shade, pattern or print as well as the craziest of fashion accessories.

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Here’s how you can rock classic white blouses, as told by some of the most-well known fashion icons:

Audrey Hepburn: Go casual

This actress was a big fan of the classic white shirt, often photographed wearing it more casually. Although Hepburn wore an oversized version as a singular piece, you don’t have to copy this look exactly! After all, we want you to look more Hepburn than Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” Take a larger white shirt and front-tuck it into shorts or dress capris and pair with strappy sandals – another of the actress’s go-to accessories.

“Monroe often paired her white shirt with high-waisted jeans.”

Marilyn Monroe: Be proud of your figure

Marilyn Monroe is a great example of someone who lived a body-positive lifestyle. She was proud of her curves and became a fashion icon for her ability to wear anything she wanted. While her glamorous life required ballgowns, her off-duty style was fairly simple. A classic white button down and dress jeans – often high-waisted to flaunt her shape – were staples, a look everyone can copy! To channel Monroe further, try popping your collar and adding a leather jacket.

Carolina Herrera: Make it an evening look

The fashion designer known for her spectacular evening gowns is frequently photographed pairing a classic white button down with a long, floor-grazing skirt when she takes her runway bow, according to InStyle. You can channel this look yourself and take your white shirt to the next level. Follow Herrera’s style for a look that mixes casual flair with a more formal bottom. Dress it up with chunky bracelets and statement necklaces.

Diane Keaton: Wear it to work

Keaton’s turn as the quirky title character in “Annie Hall” helped seal her status as a film legend. While her peculiarities were fun to watch, the film left moviegoers wanting to copy her menswear style, according to The Telegraph. The actress frequently wore oversized pants with a leather belt, a men’s vest and you guessed it: a classic white shirt. You can replicate this look for a regular day of work – even if you don’t want to dress in Keaton’s once-unconventional style. Instead, wear your classic button down with dress pants or a high waisted pencil skirt. Feel free to add a blazer, depending on the dress code your workplace enforces.


You can’t go wrong with a white shirt. The item is a must-have for every woman due to its versatility and crisp and classic nature.


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Published on May 30 2017

Last Updated on Jun 01 2017

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