Making a Crisp statement.

He's Just Not That Into You movie image Jennifer Connelly, Jennifer Aniston
Hi girls, I know I left the workwear series in between. So I am back with it. This is the 3rd post in Power of Dressing (Workwear) series. Hope you have seen the other 2. If not please refer to Power of Dressing – Broad Outline & Put your best (covered) leg forward. I also covered belts that you could use in various ways at work to make ur outfit more stylish in Get Waisted.When it comes to shirts, its very important that they are crisp and well ironed or starched. That is what makes or breaks a shirt. It makes you look sharp and fresh.  A limp, ill fitted and creased shirt will make you look sloppy and unkempt.
I would spend a little more time on one evergreen, never to go out of style BASIC. And it is my favorite and NO.1 style Must Have.
What I would insist for every woman to have in their closet and irrespective of whether she is working or not is a White Shirt. The other variation of a White shirt could be a Cream shirt.
But nothing to beat a crisp White one. It is a fundamental style staple. So my dear ladies invest your time in choosing the right one.

It sounds a simple item to buy but trust me It is the most elusive piece to find. 200 whites down I am still looking for my perfect ONE. The hope is still alive. What you need, is the one that makes you look Sharp & Suave.
The simplest and my favorite is the basic white masculine shirt like the one you are seeing on Jennifer Aniston above or Sameera Reddy below. Nice simple fitted cotton ones with starchy collars. You can find them easily. Just look for a good fit.

What I wanted to emphasise on are the different versions of this style staple. The designers have over the years worked  on this simple white shirt and made it even classier by way of cuts, fabrics, styling etc etc so what you need to look for apart from these basic ones are the stylised ones. That is what will set you apart from the rest. So there is a WHITE & then there are others!!

Check out some of these styles in Whites

Pay attention to the fall of the fabric in these silk chiffon shirts above. The one on the left looks very basic but the fall and length are just perfect. The Alice & Olivia on the right has a contrasting necktie which worn with a black trousers will look so classy.

The detailing on the collars and ruffles look very chic.
Then there are the wrap shirts and the pintucks Stylish and suave like the ones below

And if you want to look really different from the crowd then try the ones below. The tie up in the front  or on the sides and ruffles on the neck and sleeves are oh so sexy.

And then there are the creams that also look equally good. I am loving the ruffled ones.

One celebrity I know who has mastered her white shirt look is Karishma Kapoor. She is immaculate in her style and I simple love her white shirts

Some others for inspiration

Need I tell you some more reasons to buy a white shirt !!

The brand which knows how to make sexy White shirts is Theory & Anne Fontaine . They are slightly pricey but worth it but in lesser budgets I would recommend Zara. They have one of the best collection of whites. Even Promod has some good ones.

My Tip : Always wear a flesh colored bra under a white or a neutral shade. White under white is a Style NO – NO

The other color to look for is a neutral shade. Again goes with everything and looks cool and summery.

Then there are contrasting collars and cuffs. They look very formal. I like them.

Cream, Whites, light blues and Nudes are a must for summers but who says Work wear is boring. I have picked out some beautiful ones you can try grabbing your hands on. These have been picked from Banana Republic, Forever 21, Express, Marks & Spencer so girls affordable fashion :-)

Try including some brights, plaid & checks.

Blouses look flirty and sexy. They are not extremely formal and look good with Trousers. Also there are some pretty colors to brighten up your day

And if you in a mood to try the latest Spring summer trends go for peter pans, florals and color blocks

There are tons and tons of brands selling Workwear. What you need to find is the right fit and style that suits you the most. I understand that most of you do not tuck in your shirts / tops. Don’t worry there are plenty of choices available from Women blouses that need not be tucked in so keep your eyes open next time you going shopping and add some zing to your workwear. Accessorizing can add a lot to the otherwise dull wear so go ahead try it. Just don’t overdo.

My Tip : If you are buying the regular masculine shirt, ensure it is crisp, well fitted with a starchy collar and please for heaven’s sake do not button up till the top. Leave a few buttons undone (definitely don’t show ur cleavage). It looks sexily masculine.

Try Bombay High & Van Heusen for masculine styles. VH looks promising especially in the lookbook with Nargis Fakhri.



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One thought on “Making a Crisp statement.”

  1. Would go with the basic masculine white one. Dont have to worry about the fit and fall(with the limited options available in India). Just tuck in a crisp one and you are ready to go.
    Picked up a nice one from Vero Moda.

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