I think I have a problem. A white shirt problem.
The problem is two-fold. For starters, I can’t stop buying them. For seconders, I love to wear them but they are like magnets to all manner of food and drink stuff.
For this reason, my entire family think that being sponsored by Vanish NapiSan is a match made in laundry heaven.
See, I can tell you now, I’m never going to stop buying white. I’m simply not afraid to wear white because Vanish NapiSan has long been my secret weapon in the laundry.
White shirts and tops are very much here to stay in my wardrobe and they should be in yours too. Let me present my case …
1. A white shirt is a wardrobe building block. White shirts in all styles play a crucial role in bringing outfits together. Got a white shirt? You’ve always got something to wear.
2. White tops make great layering pieces. In summer layer a white tee over a tank. In winter layer that same tee under a knit.
3. White tops and shirts create a perfect canvas for your accessory collection. You can change the look of an outfit with a coloured necklace or scarf when it’s based on a white top.
4. White makes you look and feel brighter. Wearing a white shirt or top is an instant face illuminator. What’s going on here is a mix of light reflecting off the fabric plus the fabric bringing out the whites in your eyes.
5. White need not be boring or safe. Consider white tops or shirts in different fabrics and textures. It’s these differences that will lift the whole outfit.
You may want only one good white shirt in your wardrobe. Me, I’m all for a whole stack of them.
In fact, when I come across a white top in a fabric and cut that I really, really like, I’ll buy at least two of them so I’ve always got one on rotation.
At last count I’ve got about 15 white tops, tees and shirts. Excessive? Maybe just a little. So for you, I’ve narrowed that collection down to five essential white shirts you should consider for your wardrobe.
Technically this not a shirt, it’s a tank top but boy, oh boy, does it earn its place in my wardrobe. It’s a Country Road seamless tank. I don’t wear it on its own, rather I layer it under all sorts of tops, especially other white ones. It’s stretchy and fitting so deals with some of my muffin top situation as well as providing a little modesty when the piece worn over the top is sheer.
I’m in love with linen tees. They just look more dressed up and seem to get better with every wash. Specifically linen relaxed-fit tees. This one was bought from the Witchery store at Sydney airport last year because I landed from the Sunshine Coast wearing a white tee that I had successfully spilt tea on during the flight. I then had a stroke of luck on a trip home to Sunshine Coast in June this year to find two more of the same on the reduced-reduced rack. Snapped those babies up quick smart.
This is my Nina Proudman white shirt. Did you pick it? It’s a Johnny Was and I love it so. The fabric and embroidery are something else and the cut of the shirt just skims. The perfect tunic really.
I do a fair bit of travel for work. This Mela Purdie shirt is my go-to shirt for arriving looking good and not feeling sweaty. The fabric is all kinds of wonderful. It’s called “technical fabric” which sounds like it won’t be breathable but is actually the opposite. Plus, it’s a quick wash, hang up to dry and it’s ready to wear overnight. You get what you pay for in the white shirt department, Stylers. And this one is worth the investment.
I love a more sheer white shirt for evening. A perfect piece for showing off your “good” bra (you know the black lacy one you should wear more often … just because!) and working it back with a pair of jeans or leather skirt or pants.
By now you’re probably thinking I’ve gone mad. So much white. So many stain possibilities. So much quality time in the laundry.
Part of this is true – owning and wearing so much white does increase my chances of “attracting” any red wine, bolognese sauce or chocolate within and 10m radius.
But (and it’s a big but) I’m not afraid of a little laundry challenge. Not wanting to boast but I will because it’s about the only domestic duty I am actually good at – I have superior laundry management skills.
The same family who guffaws at my white shirt collection is also the first to hand over any of their clothes for the Stain Removal Department of my laundry management consultancy to “deal” with.
Here’s how it’s done around here:
1. It’s all about the need for speed when it comes to getting stains out of clothes. Declare an emergency zone around said item and deal immediately with the stain emergency.
2. Always carry face or baby wipes in case of accidents away from home. On some fabrics and with some food and drink, the stain will lift there and then. For others, this is a stop-gap measure until you’re home.
3. At home, remove shirt immediately, spray with stain remover, leave for one hour and then soak immediately with a good quality laundry stain removal product like Vanish NapiSan for 24 hours. Wash as normal. If soaking a garment with a particularly stubborn stain, sponge the stain in the soaking tub until it starts to come out.
4. Stain still there despite your best efforts? Try a different method - one method won’t necessarily work on every stain. Whatever you do, don’t iron the affected shirt beforehand. Ironing sets the stain.
5. Hang your stained white and light clothes out in direct sunlight. If a trace of stain remains after the spraying, soaking and washing, the sun can sometimes “bleach” out the trace.
Yes, this is a sponsored post but I can tell you Vanish NapiSan laundry stain removal powder has been my friend since bringing home my first baby more than 18 years ago. I remember doing the first soak and wash and wondering why I had waited for babies to embrace this genius of a laundry management solution.
I’ve given you just a few stain-removal tips above but there are so many more to be found at The Tip Exchange.
The Tip Exchange is a new online platform aimed at helping you solve any stain-removal problems that might present themselves in your laundry.
Got a specific stain removal question you want answered? Got a genius stain removal tip you’d like to share with the rest of Australia? Head on over and join in. Your stain-removal tip could see you fronting the next television commercial for Vanish Napisan.
I know that in a stain emergency, The Tip Exchange will be my first point of call for advice.
And that gives me another good reason to never be afraid of white clothes.
Tell me, are you a gun in the laundry? Would I find white in your wardrobe?
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