orrowed from the boys for its effortless practicality, the white shirt is now considered a key component in creating the perfect working wardrobe. Iconic as it is functional, it bestows its wearer with a polished sense of professionalism whilst offering the rest of the world a visual balance between power and purity. Although it has been reinvented throughout the decades, the journey to enrich our wardrobe with new designs of this businesswear staple is never ending, making our own experimentation all the more enjoyable.
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Shop the look: Perfect Tuexdo Jacket by Stefanie Renoma | Slim Fit Tuexdo Trousers by Stefanie Renoma | Chloe Blouse by Majorelle London | Grey Pearl Drop Earrings by ORA | Blue Python Clutch by ALLEGRA LONDON
Never underestimate the power of a good suit. Envelop Majorelle’s Chloe blouse underneath the folds of Stefanie Renoma’s Perfect Tuxedo jacket with matching trousers and adorn this clean and classic ensemble with the jewels it deserves. An eccentric piece like Helou Designs’s Amethyst Stone and Crystal Pendant can easily take centre-stage with a suit but if your preference is for something delicate, opt for classic pearl drops by ORA. This is an ensemble that exudes confidence so save it for a special occasion such as your next boardroom meeting or appointment with a potential client. When you’ve sealed the deal, add Allegra London’s Blue Python Clutch, and skip off to the opera to celebrate.
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Modern & Minimal
Shop the look: Checked Blazer by VIKTORIA CHAN | Megan Blouse by Majorelle London | Oread Drape Skirt by Rose & Willard | Bonessi Ballerinas | Carnelia Tote by AVEHA LONDON | The Everyday Pouch by She Lion | Pearl Stud Earrings by ORA
The sleek yet sophisticated cut of the Peter Pan collar is a recent modification made to the white shirt. With its luxurious silk crepe de chine fabric and loose, flattering shape, The Megan Blouse by Majorelle London is the perfect piece to take you from desk to dinner, uniting the formality of the office with the charm of a simple and stylish aesthetic. Frame the delicate collar with the strong lines of Viktoria Chan’s Checked Blazer and an abstractly cut skirt by Rose & Willard for the perfect combination of mixed-yet-matching monochrome.
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Dress it Up
Shop the look: White Silk Shirt by Sophie Cameron Davies | The Erica Dress by Emile Vidal Carr | Grey Python Clutch by ALLEGRA LONDON | The Audrey Dress by Madderson London | Lavra Shirt by Rose & Willard | The Strategist Clutch by She Lion
For a hint of the contemporary, wear a shirt with design features under the classic shape of a well-cut dress. The graphic details of Madderson London’s Audrey Dress provides the perfect cover for Rose & Willard’s Lavra Shirt; with its secret V-shape cut-out hidden at the nape of your neck, the distinction between the clean lines of the Audrey creates a contrast that is both sharp and shapely. On the softer end of the spectrum, Sophie Cameron Davies adds floral hues to the seams of her shirt. Let the sleeves peep out under the Erica Dress by Emile Vidal Carr for a subtle take on a sweet, spring trend.
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Shop the look: Cashmere cardigan by EmmaJane Knight | Cashmere Pencil skirt by EmmaJane Knight | Oversized white shirt with straps by VIKTORIA CHAN | Brown Python Clutch by ALLEGRA LONDON | Genoir Tote by AVEHA LONDON | Pink Pearl Drop Bracelet by ORA
Play with proportions using Viktoria Chan’s oversized white shirt as the perfect starting point. Tuck it neatly under a lattice-knit cashmere cardigan by EmmaJane Knight and use the abstract elements of the shirt to add a touch of drama; pull the collar and straps over the neckline and curl the cuffs over the sleeves to create bold, exaggerated shapes. Keep the lower half streamline to balance out the proportions with EmmaJane Knight’s tidy cashmere pencil skirt and add a dash of elevated elegance with ORA’s pink pearl chain bracelet.
Words by Emily Freund