‘Making a statement with a White shirt’ has until recently been an alien phrase for me. Although a wardrobe classic and a great layering option, I have found them to be a little on the dull side, that is until I came across this little ‘game changer’ at H&M £29.99.
On first sight it is a classic white shirt, in beautiful crisp cotton, but on second look it has these great extra large statement cuffs, which make it so much more interesting. So in less than a week (with some rapid washing) I have styled it 4 different ways.
Last time I checked it was sold out but I have just spotted an alternative at M & S
For a family party, I tied it at the waist and paired it with a midi length gold pleated skirt, teal suede heels, vintage jewellery, blue nails and my trusty Vivienne Westwood bag, all old items, as alternatives Zara has a great pink pleated skirt, Coast and LK Bennett have some interesting midi lengths. An alternative heel at Nine West . If I had to replace the bag I love this one !
On a far more casual and sunny day, I layered it over a Striped T, tucked into loose fit, girl friend shape jeans and these fantastic Zara boots that I have hardly taken off all winter! Sold out but similar at & Other Stories. The bag, I got last summer at a street market in Narbonne, it is a classic shaped saddle bag in Orange. Similar by Zatchels. Pop on a pair of Sunnies and you are good to go!
For a ‘Work wear’ look. I left the shirt loose (it’s an A shape) over a pair of checked Ankle length trousers, adding a black suede heel. Over the top I have added a trench (another classic I have avoided until now!), which has large 1/3 length sleeves, (Sale at Great Plains) which made a real show of the statement cuffs. It would look equally smart with a sleeveless jacket over the top. This Navy one from Whistles is super smart. A bright orange clutch from Whistles added a pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome look.
Finally, what I think of as a more ‘Katherine Hepburn’ look (The other but equally stylish Hepburn) I rolled up the sleeves, tucked it into a pair of coloured ankle length trousers, these are green and popped on a pair of loafers (v old). The Isabel Marant’s would look great! It’s a simple, classic look often styled these days by Kate Phelan.