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Wardrobe : The Classic White Shirt

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMNatalie Oh
Command attention when shirt is buttoned all the way up and paired with army-green distressed shorts and statement necklace.
Black, high-waist jeans paired with white shirt and accessories with a tie-front choker is a modern play on the timeless monochromatic duo.
Wear a shirt over a classic LBD and layered pearls paying tribute to Audrey Hepburn.
Go formal pairing the white shirt with this white, striped, floor-length organza skirt by Dana Edwards.
Blue denim short shorts with shirt knotted in front, paired with printed lace-up shoes and mirrored sunnies.
A voluminous swing skirt in punchy orange with neutral shoes and bag is a fresh step into the cooler months.
A smart blazer in cobalt blue is teamed with matching cobalt leggings for a monotone effect.

Fashion Director of Marie Claire Nina Garcia, wrote about it in her book, The One Hundred - A Guide To The Pieces Every Woman Should Own. Designer Carolina Herrera has solidified it as her personal style item. And who can forget when Sharon Stone wore her husband's with a Vera Wang skirt at the 1998 Oscar's red carpet? If you haven't guessed it already, alas, we're speaking of the classic white shirt.

Ask any style icon or fashion A-lister what are some of their favourite wardrobe essentials, and the classic white shirt will no doubt be on that list. Acting as a blank slate, it can be dressed up or down because of its perpetual versatility. The classic white shirt remains the epitome of style and good taste, it exudes confidence and poise, and as such, is vital in building out the capsule wardrobe.

Historically, the white shirt was a way to gauge someone's economical status, because it meant you were not employed doing manual labour, and you probably had hired help to take on the chore of laundering them. There began the use of the terms 'white-collar workers' and 'blue-collar workers', reinforcing the status of the white shirt.

Today, everyone can own their own white shirt or even a few. If you don't own one, it's time to do so as we show you some ways to style the classic white shirt, using clothing, shoes and accessories from Maxie Department Store.




Creative director & stylist: Natalia Oh -

Clothing and accessories: Maxie Department Store

Kingston, Montego Bay, Mandeville, May Pen, Ocho Rios, Portmore, Santa Cruz -

Model: Jessica Barrett

Photographer: Rick-Ashley Foster