The Classic White Shirt

Opening up my wardrobe, I have at least three white shirts. It may seem excessive, but not one of the shirts is the same style. Each shirt I own nods to a different trend but remains timeless.

The beauty of the 'modern day' white shirt is that each season there is always an evolvement of the style. It might be the material, or the ruffles, or stripes, or the fact it demands to be worn oversized, but when you own a shirt style that suits you, it will work with your entire wardrobe.

For some, a white shirt is hard to wear, and we all at some point have donned a crisp white cotton shirt for work, or maybe worn it with a suit and sometimes it's hard to not associate it as traditional 'workwear'. To break the mould try super flattering silk or satin shirts.

A well-tailored white shirt can lift an outfit; it can work in a whole multitude of ways and can make a real statement. Constructed ruffles and balloon sleeves in crisp cotton are everywhere this season. Also making an appearance are pinstriped shirts, soft blue and oversized styles. All are as equally easy to wear and build into an outfit.

A micro trend of embellishment and badges has also emerged for S/S17, and we aren't talking pin badges here, but the type your mum used to sew onto your jeans to cover up tears and holes! And with the embroidery, it has to be bright and floral!

Streetstyle often dictates how a trend is being received by the high street. The fashionistas papped out side venues for London and Paris Fashion Weeks were all over the shirt trend. Shirts were spotted with blue denim (frayed/ stepped hem and high waisted), tailored cropped trousers and dressed up with heels, and down with crisp white sneakers or flats, or the blogger favourite Gucci mule.

For those who really loved to make a statement; the shirt was used as a base layer, with silk, spaghetti strapped vest on top or paired with delicately layered tops.

Another way to style a gorgeous white shirt is a nod to the effortless French way of dressing; wear you shirt loose, oversized and un-buttoned with delicate gold accessories.

The beauty of this trend is that anything goes!

Written by: Emma Jenkins - Marmalade Soup

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