Strategic Dressing

The White Shirt Gone Rogue

By October 9, 2023December 18th, 2023No Comments

A new classic returns and goes beyond the workplace.


Everyone owns one, two or three, and they’ve been a staple for years. Now, many tried and true brands at every price point have updated the classic white button-ups that we have all relied on as anchor pieces that go with just about everything.

This year, there is a wide array of white collared shirts that are anything but uniform, yet they still have utility in any wardrobe. A century ago, the white shirt symbolized a pristine appearance. The “Oxford” shirt with an essential and basic status came next, as a wardrobe item that easily paired with more trendy pieces.

Below are a few of the white shirts I’ve styled with statement pants and colorful shoes.

My most vivid memory of how elevated the white shirt has become is from my days at Vogue, when I would occasionally get to visit the fashion closet. As the editors prepared for the 100th anniversary of Vogue, I had the pleasure of perusing and finding every type of white shirt. For this 100th issue, Vogue shot all the supermodels in Gap white button-down shirts in multiple styles.  The white button-down is one of the few styles that can work for every shape, size, and ethnicity.

Below are a few of the new white button-down shirts making headlines:



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