If there's one wardrobe staple everyone should have, it would be a white button-up shirt. Great with jeans and a pair of pearl studs. Perfect to wear with a pant suit. Just the thing to wear with a pencil skirt and heels to church or to work.
But finding the perfect white shirt isn't easy. (How many white shirts do you have hanging in your closet? I have at least ten, and wear only three or four.)
My white shirt epiphany came a couple years ago when a personal stylist at Neiman Marcus told me about Brooks Brother's no-iron white shirts. (They come in other colors, too).
I prefer the tailored and the semi-fitted styles. The tailored is great for wearing under jackets and I love the semi-fitted alone with jeans or slacks. The french cuffs in the semi-fitted make it special. You can wear the silk knots that come with the shirt or I wear my own monogrammed engraved cuff links that you can find for less than $30 in men's departments at most stores. (monogramming extra, of course).
As I mentioned in my Style Guide, coming in a close second for me in the white shirt category is JCrew's slim stretch shirt. The slim cut is best for wearing under jackets, but it also works alone with jeans or slacks. And it comes in many other colors as well.
Up next.... shopping for jeans
and some tips on dressing slimmer.