Just like everybody else out there, I too have those moments in the morning when we stand paralyzed in front of my closet wondering what on earth I am going to wear that day. ‘Tis a rare gift to be able to work an off-duty casual wardrobe as well as an A-List celebrity like Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba. I try to stick to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) style of dressing.
Celebrities have mastered the art of effortlessly styling the white shirt. The simplicity of the white button-down shirt makes a foolproof option when you just can’t decide what to wear. The white shirt (of the classic button-down variety) is an enduring celebrity wardrobe staple for a reason. It has basically been indoctrinated into our closets as the Holy Grail of shirts, the one we all must have. Like a chameleon, it adapts to whatever you pair it with: jeans and sneakers, a suit, a swimsuit, and slides—you get the idea.
How to Style White Shirts Like a Celebrity:
So how do you keep such a storied piece—one that has remained essentially —feeling fresh? Well, first you seek out designers who have put their own spin on it, then you see how some of the best-dressed celebrities wear those updated and reimagined versions of the white shirt. “The classic white shirt or blouse makes every woman look a little bit more French, which is never a bad thing,” ~Lauren Grant, a stylist who has tweaked the lapels of the likes of Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Erin O’Connor, Florence Welch and more.
A white top and cut off jeans will always be a classic combo. Work in the white lightweight top as your key piece, and then finish the look with sparkly shades, like Selena Gomez, and bow sandals. This season, opt for a trendy update in place of a simple t-shirt. The top silhouettes include ruffle details, voluminous sleeves, cold-shoulder, and sleek bodysuit styles.
The Markle Sparkle Effect:
Instagram has turned life into a styling contest, like it or not; the simplicity of the white shirt spotlights your skills. Meghan Markle would not have caused nearly such pandemonium with Misha Nonoo’s Husband shirt had she not had quite such a perfect half-tuck into the waistband of her jeans. “What feels fresh about the white shirt now is how it is styled, rather than the piece itself,” says Harrods’ womenswear guru Maria Milano. “Taking it out of its formal habitat and landing it in an unexpected setting – as a beach cover-up, or tied 80s-style over a pair of high-waisted jeans – lends an air of nonchalance and takes all the stiffness out of the look.”