Hello. It’s Friday. It’s not a public holiday so the everyday style round-up is back. Hooray for that.
I didn’t look too far for the trend focus of this week. Yesterday I asked you to wear a white shirt to raise funds for research into and awareness of ovarian cancer for the Unite in White campaign.
Ovarian cancer an insidious disease that has touched our family in the worst possible way and I really hope that an early detection test is developed soon so my daughter’s generation stands a better chance of fighting it.
A couple of people mentioned on the #everydaystyle feed that they found it difficult to buy a white shirt that fits, or that wearing white just doesn’t work for them, so I thought I’d share a few tips that might help you fall in love with the white shirt.
1. The classic, tailored crisp white shirt is the quintessential white shirt. Think boyfriend style but worn with a feminine edge. The problem with this style is that it is designed for a boyfriend kind of shape – great if you are a column shape, not so great if you have boobs. It’s tricky to find a shirt in this styling that fits your bust but also doesn’t balloon out over your hips. Sometimes I can get away with this style if I’m able to wear with a few buttons open. Not the best look for an office though otherwise, I’ve had success with shirts like this one at Ollie & Max. It caters for a bust but then skims the hips. Winning.
2. Look for a light flowy fabric to fit and flatter in a white shirt. The Mela Purdie shirt I’m wearing below fits this category. The fabric drapes and flows so it negates any chance of creating a “boxy” silhouette. This is what Mela calls a technical fabric (I’ve got this fabric in pants as well and can’t get enough as there is never ironing involved and the fabric breathes beautifully for travel or just the every day) but a rayon or viscose would work as well.
3. White reflects and lifts your face – let’s all embrace that. Trust me, this is a good thing. If you find it too stark right up against your skin tone then add a scarf, a statement necklace or a coloured jacket. Think of the white as your blank canvas and create a wearable art style that works for you.
My love of the white shirt, white tee, white tank, white anything sees this non-colour taking up a good slice of my wardrobe real estate. To me they are essential pieces and ensure I always have something to wear.
This isn’t the outfit you necessarily most liked this week but it’s my offering for White Shirt Day yesterday so I’m sharing it here today. I travelled to Sydney for the day and relished the fact that I could wear long pants, boots and more than one layer without sweating up a storm.
My shirt and pants are from last winter, the jacket from last spring and the scarf from last autumn. I can’t wait to explore more of my existing winter wardrobe as the temperature drops.
Winter IS coming. (Game of Thrones fans, that one’s for you)
I loved the mix of styling with those who wore white shirts for #uniteinwhite – from casual to more formal, from adding pops of colour, to bits of bling, everyone’s style looked so fresh.
Beach Style Mum: I love it when a new blogger pops up on my radar and Beach Style Mum is freshly pressed. Wendy is a mum who lives near the beach in Sydney who also works part-time in marketing. I look forward to watching her play out that style combination for us.
(Not) Just a Mummy: Naomi writes about the “grand adventure” she calls parenting. This post about maternity must-haves has great advice for mums to be and this post about three easy makeup switches has great advice for everyone.
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Check out Wardrobe Wednesday with Kim-Marie on Kimba Likes.
Over 30? Rach from Redcliffe Style links up with other style bloggers each Thursday for 30+ Style.
How was your everyday style week?