everyday style white shirts #uniteinwhite

Everyday style outfits of the week

Nikki ParkinsonEveryday Style, Fashion 23 Comments

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.

SY #everydaystyle

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)

Mela Purdie white shirt | Sussan jacket | Luxe Deluxe pants | Zoe Kratzmann boots | Sportscraft scarf | Samantha Wills ring and earrings

Mela Purdie white shirt and | Luxe Deluxe pants (from Zambezee Boutique last winter) | Zoe Kratzmann boots (gifted) | Sportscraft scarf | Samantha Wills ring and earrings (gifted)

Your #everdaystyle

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.

everyday style white shirts #uniteinwhite

Left column (from top): @brookefalvey | @creatingcontentment

Middle column: @redcliffestyle | @peeptoesandpushups | @morgs71

Right column: @glamourmama1 | @icadoo

Blog roll

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.

Beach Style Mum

(Not) Just a MummyNaomi 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.

Not Just a Mummy

Join in

Want to join in? Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your everyday style to Instagram or Facebook, use the #everydaystyle and tag @stylingyou so I can find you. Don’t feel you have to post every day. Post when you can. For consideration in my outfit of the week round up, I look first for clear, in-focus photos without text or borders on them. These work in best with the montage layout.

More inspiration

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?

Comments 23

  1. I missed out on wearing it yesterday as I couldn’t find a way to make my white shirt work with the other stuff I was wearing and it was COLD so my white shirt would’ve been too light for yesterday’s weather. I really loved how these ladies have worn their white shirts. I’m actually especially attracted to that checkered jumper at the centre!

  2. Hi, I am looking for a light jacket/ blazer that I can push the sleeves up etc. I like you, live in Brisbane. It seems all the winter things are in the stores. Have you seen any? I kind of like colours and pastels.

  3. I love the idea of a crisp white shirt and often half heartedly attempted to look for one. Then I remember generally I don’t feel comfortable in shirts and everytime I buy one they often get left in the wardrobe. Now a soft blousey type thing – I am there. It is a great simple idea to support the cause. Thanks Nikki for highlighting the everyday style of those who did it so well!

  4. Love the Game of Thrones reference! I find it hard to find a buttoned white shirt due to being petite but busty, so thanks for showing me how to wear one without buttons!

  5. Thanks so much for the mention Nikki!!
    My blogging journey has officially begun. Can’t wait to share my ideas and continue to be inspired by you and all the other amazing style bloggers.

  6. you look good in your outfit for Sydney nikki, classic, casual, chic I call that! a white whatever makes it easy peasy! crisp next to anything and definitely a blank canvas I love black and white always chic! I am supporting healing energy for a friend of mine who also has this type of cancer … linking with love! m:)X

  7. Love these looks ,I love how each woman has worn a white shirt in their own stye I loved Rachel’s take on it she is rocking the boho look at the moment and I also loved glamourmamas chic look too.I did wear a white shirt for a while yesterday but housework and white shirts do not mix so didn’t have time to take a pic.Have a lovely weekend Nikki ,I loved your outfit yesterday,those Zoe Kratzmann boots are gorgeous and who doesn’t like a shirt you don’t have to iron!!

  8. haha! am a huge GOT fan, loving the new episodes, and have read all the books. I am usually a summer gal, but I am enjoying the cooler weather, too- rainy day in SE Qld today, so jeans are out. Thanks for the white shirt tips! I have 2 in my cupboard, though not yet worn 🙁

      1. No, I’m not coping with the book diversions, especially after last episode! Well I think my husband (who has not read the books) is not coping with my constant comments of “That’s not what happens in the book!!” oh no, I am ready for cooller weather but not 7 degrees!!! brrrr…… time to unpack the winter boxes…

  9. Love these posts.
    Clickety click to Styling Curvy, thank you Redcliffe for the link, what a gorgeous woman, so, so my style and funny and bolshie! Love it!
    I wore a 3/4 sleeve Maggie T tailored white shirt to work yesterday, Maggie is the business in business chic for larger sizes, a tribute to a good friend living daily with Ovarian Cancer.
    Have a great weekend everyone

  10. A slightly warmer shade of white suits me and I wore an off-white top I picked up from Diana Ferrari to mark the occasion yesterday.
    Everyday styling – this week has been fun. I have been working from right to left in my messy wardrobe. Any item I pull out must be worn that day somehow.
    The only exception I’ve had to make is the bright purple Charlie Brown cocktail dress I pulled out yesterday. A. I wanted to support ovarian cancer research. B. there was no way I was going to be able to work the dress into corporate wear. Wearing it out on date night tonight instead. DH who is used to me dressing down will be pleasantly suprised.
    Have a good weekend all!

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