favor-“ette”: the perfect white shirt

July 11th, 2017
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When people visited our old house they would often gasp upon entering our bedroom closet.

It was huge.

And it was good.

But when we moved last month I knew that our new closet – though considerably smaller – would be just fine, for a few reasons:

1. Mike is a closet design ninja – he did all the closets in our old house using Easy Closets, and did the same here. This system is genius, and gives us custom-quality closets at a fraction of the price.

2.I have a lot less clothes than I once did, courtesy of the capsule wardrobe concept I adopted a few years ago.

Unlike other fads and trends that come and go, the capsule has truly been a game changer for me – and one I have stayed with. When I started packing up in preparation for our move, I was more intent than ever on not taking anything that hadn’t been worn in a year or more. And I made two giant piles – one for Goodwill and one for sale on Poshmark (if you’ve not heard of Poshmark you can read my post and try it for yourself – I LOVE it).

As I’ve mentioned before, not only did the capsule drastically reduce the amount of clothing I own, it really reshaped the way I shop. If I’m going to purchase an item – unless it’s a cheap splurge on a trend piece – I want it to be high quality and extremely versatile. If that means spending a bit more I’m happy to do it because I’m buying so much less – and so much less frequently.

As a result, I’ve found some stand-out items that I wanted to share with you, starting with my favorite white button-down:

image credit: J. Crew

I purchased the pin-striped version of this blouse a few years ago, justifying the cost because it was for a special occasion (Chelsea’s college graduation). I contemplated getting it in white too, but felt it was too much for “just” a white shirt.

But the good fortune of a gift card was my chance to snatch one up and I’m so glad I did. I literally live in this shirt and recently bought another as a “back-up”, in case it’s ever discontinued.

So why do I love it so much? It’s all in the subtle – yet major – details.

The cuff is a double – or French – style. So it hangs a bit long, and looks stylish peeking out from a blazer or sweater sleeve.

The cut is fitted, giving the shirt a more feminine profile and a nice neat look when tucked into a pair of high-waisted flared jeans.

The length is longer, so the shirt looks equally cool tucked out – I love it over cigarette pants, paired with cute flats.

The style bloggers I gravitate toward are those who keep it simple – Reese Blutstein of double3xposure┬áis a current favorite. I admire how – with fewer and typically less-adorned pieces – they still manage to make a statement. And upon closer inspection it’s clear that the devil is in the details.

And this shirt is all about the details.

Do you have a favorite item that you hit replay with? Stay tuned for more; in the mean time take a peek at more capsule wardrobe, clothing picks and favor-“ettes” on Pinterest!

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