Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I recently got serious about building a wardrobe that makes sense, instead of just buying things only on whim. Just about every book on fashion and style includes a list of the essentials. And a classic white shirt inevitably tops that list. I love a plain white shirt with jeans and boots. And I wear it in the summer with short shorts and high-heeled sandals or over a bikini.
Encouraging women to adopt men's white shirts as their own is one of Coco Chanel's most significant contributions to fashion, second only to the LBD. I agree with Coco; I prefer classic menswear shirts, but they will gap at my bust if they fit elsewhere, and if they fit at the bust, they will be shapeless and baggy elsewhere. I often don't like the shirts made for women with obvious darting or girly touches.
Rebecca & Drew does genius "bra-sized" shirts and dresses which use a double-button system to eliminate gapping. I think these shirts are great tucked in or with jackets, and if I was some kind of suit-wearing executive, I think I'd buy a dozen. They have a straight bottom, and look made for women. Not bad things, to be certain, but I like the curved hem of a man's shirt.
I think Mary Rambin has the right idea here. Buy a men's or boy's shirt and have it tailored. I like oxford shirts from Pink or J Crew.
Speaking of Coco, there is a biopic , Coco Avant Chanel, coming out sometime in the next year. It's written and directed by Anne Fontaine, and stars Audrey Tatou.
Posted by Bonnie at 3:02 PM