In my ten plus years of writing about fashion, there are a handful of classic pieces that come up again and again – one of which is the white shirt. A crisp button-down is a recognised sartorial staple and has long been considered an integral part of the capsule wardrobe. Ask any fashion editor what the essentials of timeless dressing are and a white shirt is sure to be mentioned.
Its appeal? Quite simply, the simplicity. Clean lines and a fuss-free silhouette: consider it a blank slate on which you can build an outfit all year round. What's more, its minimal aesthetic can easily be tweaked to work with any style; make it preppy with a V-neck, sultry with a tux jacket, girly with florals or casual with jeans and a cashmere jumper. A white shirt is the ultimate transformer. It’s no wonder it was a go-to piece for Coco Chanel, the godmother of enduring fashion.