What to wear right now: the white shirt
From Patti Smith to the supermodels wearing oversized white shirts in the Peter Lindbergh photos of the early 90s, there is no doubting the white shirt’s style credentials. When I interviewed Accidental Icon Lyn Slater for my latest book Know Your Style, Lyn explained that the white shirt is one of her style signifiers and she has at least 75 in her wardrobe, ‘ Layering is where the white shirt comes into play. It’s the canvas. Start with one piece and build around that.’
Ever since my school days, I’ve avoided wearing white. For me, it’s always been about the Lovely Blue Shirt with its complexion-enhancing properties. And then, and then….wilting, mid-heatwave and desperate for some extra Waft Factor, I nipped into Arket and was drawn to the rail of shirts with the 70% off sign (for 14 quid, I was prepared to give the white shirt another go). Here I’ve gone back to old-school with a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s – though I’m planning to whoop things up with pink cords and a little khaki malarkey.
French stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele was responsible for the Super Shirts in the Peter Lindbergh photos. CCD worked as fashion director at American Vogue for a decade and famously styled Anna Wintour’s first front cover – a high-low mix of embellished Christian Lacroix top and indigo denim jeans. ‘I love to make shit look like gold,’ she told Italian Vogue about her approach to styling – and has also said that her role working on a fashion magazines ‘I never think I’m doing art – a fashion magazine is for women to look at the pages and be inspired. I’m amazed how many people forget that.’ Almost 26-years after the photo of Supermodels in Super Shirts, and I’m finally feeling inspired enough to buy one.
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