EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN AT LEAST ONE WHITE SHIRT!

CATHI TREVOR

My cupboard largely consists of a black and grey palette with a dash of white, so keeping it tidy is a simple affair. The ‘dash’ stands for an assortment of white shirts I’ve collected over the years, from silk to linen, viscose to cotton, with cuff details and various collars, buttons and embroidery detailing; my ‘go-to’ for everyday wear. If daily laments of “what to wear” resonates with you, a white shirt is the perfect solution to complete an outfit, going with just about everything, from pants to skirts to denims; here’s why every woman should own one (or a couple) white shirts:

” If in doubt, anything looks good with a white shirt!” – Victoria Beckham

Fashion is a way of expressing yourself, and by incorporating relevant trends into everyday wear gives one a peek into your personality. I watched a documentary on Belgium designer Dries Van Noten where he remarked, “the word ‘fashion’ is such an empty word, we’ll have to invent another word for it; fashion is something that’s over in six months, that’s what people consider fashion. I think it’s a word that should mean timeless”. Echoing his sentiments, a white shirt remains a timeless wardrobe essential; whatever you do with your white shirt, if it’s a half tuck into pants, combining a blazer, silk scarf or a pop of colour you are adding your personal touch to it. Whether the detail is in the cuff, the collar, or a simple tailored button up, a white shirt can make one feel uber stylish and chic!

vogue cover models in white shirts

VOGUE MAY 2007 : A MIX OF WHITE SHIRTS ON THE NEXT TOP MODELS

VOGUE 100 ANNIVERSARY COVER

AMERICAN VOGUE 100 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

White shirts have graced the covers of many magazines, appearing in countless editorials and worn by icons and celebs throughout the years. Some of my favourite movie moments include Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction kitted out in a long white shirt, cropped black pants and a red lip, whilst Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman wears a Mens white shirt alongside her incredible smile!

pulp fiction uma thurman and john travolta

Uma Thurman dancing with John Travolta in Pulp Fiction

JULIA ROBERTS IN PRETTY WOMAN

Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

My all time favourite magazine images are of windswept models wearing white shirts on Malibu beach shot by iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh and Kate Moss wearing Balmain for Vogue shot by photographer Patrick Dermachelier (see below)

Peter LIindbergh Photographer of supermodels on beach

Birth of the supermodels: (from left) Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachel Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington, Malibu, 1988.

kate moss wearing Balmain for Vogue 2010

Kate Moss wearing Balmain shot by Patrick Demarchelier Vogue September 2010

There’s no denying how effortlessly cool Meghan Markle looked pairing her white shirt with jeans on hers and Prince Harry’s first public appearance together in front of the world’s media at the Invictus Games.

megan markle and prince harry

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry’s first public appearance together in front of the world’s media attending the Invictus Games 2017

Local fashion designer Jenny le Roux of HABITS is renowned for her white shirts. She says “this wonderful staple is one of the most versatile pieces you can own. It’s always timeless and is the quickest shortcut to chic. Essentially the white shirt is a game changer”.

Jenny le Roux of Habits

Fashion Designer Jenny le Roux of HABITS FASHION BOUTIQUE

Years ago Elizabeth Taylor remarked that “every woman should have a great white shirt in her wardrobe” and that said, it’s the one item that has really stood the test of time.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham always looks effortlessly chic

emma watson

Emma Watson looking absolutely fab in her dungarees and white shirt

Freja beha shot for VOGUE

My favourite model Freja Beha Erichsen

I’ve put together a selection of white shirts currently available online or in store – scroll down for some inspiration:

jane sews white shirt

ALI SHIRT @ JANE SEWS R999

habuts white shirt

SHAWL COLLAR SHIRT HABITS R1699

mango white shirt

MANGO WHITE SHIRT R699

STYLE REPUBLIC @ SPREE R499

TATE SHIRT @ JANE SEWS R999

MARGOT MOLYNEUX

COTTON SHIRT between R660-750 MARGOT MOLYNEUX

vero moda @ superbalist

VERO MODA @ SUPERBALIST R449

edition @ Woolworths shirt

EDITION @ WOOLWORTHS R450

correy poplin shirt POETRY

CORREY POPLIN SHIRT by POETRY R499

MORGOT MOLYNEUX SHIRT

LINEN SHIRT R990 MARGOT MOLYNEUX

MANGO CLOTHING

COTTON SHIRT MANGO R599

That’s it for today – hoping it’s a fabulous Tuesday…all day!!

Cath

MAAJI's Latest Collection: THIS IS PARADISE

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

COME WITH ME DOWN PARADISE ROAD….

MAAJI’s latest collection, THIS IS PARADISE comprises of palms, florals and foliage prints in smokey blues, baby ice blue, vivid sunset tones, dusty reds and cactus green, synonomous of the brands motherland, Columbia’s landscape. Since 2002 MAAJI has brought us whimsical luxurious pieces. Co-owner sisters Amalia and Manuela Sierra followed their dream of creating an enchanting brand with a palette of bold colours, shapes, silhoettes and textures that define the brands philosophy.

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

The latest collection includes bikinis, full pieces and casual beach wear like off -the-shoulder tops, flirty front lace ups, ruffles and of course the bikini range where MAAJI’s innovative top with four different looks in one fully reversible piece. Casual beach wear compliment the heavenly Paradise swimwear collection and wow, I’m so ready for summer lazy days up ahead, how about you?!

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

MAAJI SWIM &  BEACH WEAR

Shop the collection online and in-store at Colourbox in Johannesburg, French Kisses in Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Indian Summer in Cape Town & Franschhoek and Madison Boutique in Cape Town.

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