Elysian’s Homage to the White Shirt

The White Shirt is A Staple for Any Season, But It’s Far From Basic

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She was a Hollywood newcomer, and he was a has-been, but that dance between Uma Thurman and John Travolta at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Pulp Fiction made an indelible mark on the public consciousness, and shot the ingenue and the former star into the stratosphere. And what was our heroine wearing during her icon-making moment? Nothing salacious or flashy. Just the opposite, it was a fitted, untucked crisp white shirt. Proof positive that sometimes the most alluring wardrobe choice you can make is also the simplest.

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Remember Sharon Stone’s 1998 Oscar look? The lilac Vera Wang skirt with a white Gap button-down has proven to be one of her most memorable style choices. Yep, a white shirt can be paired with anything from a denim to eveningwear, and if the fit and silhouette are correct, the result will always be the same: sublime.

This fall, designers are offering some innovative renditions of the seasonless wardrobe staple.
Here are nine of our favorites:

Rag & Bone
White Beau Shirt 

Nobody does quality wardrobe essentials better than Rag & Bone. The concealed buttons and curved waistline flatter every figure. ($275, ssense.com)

Simone Rocha
White Beaded Drop Sleeves Shirt

We don’t know this for sure, but we suspect that Simone Rocha was the kind of girl in school who defied the teacher’s orders but still made perfect grades. As a designer, she has a tendency to defy convention and yet consistently surpass it. ($485, ssense.com)

MM6 Maison Margiela
White Poplin Shirt

This is what you wear when you want to feel badass and look good at the same time. ($550, ssense.com)

Helmut Lang
White Draped Poplin Shirt

Sometimes all it takes is a little side ruching to go from ordinary to extraordinary. ($395, ssense.com)

White U-Bow Collar Shirt

The layering adds interest without adding bulk along the waistline. ($540, ssense.com)

Junya Watanabe
White Pleated Panel Shirt

The pleating on the sides is a subtle, figure-flattering detail. ($905, ssense.com)

Halperin Carin
Flutter Sleeves Blouse

Billowy sleeves and a pin-tucked neckline make this blouse ideal for the office. And it looks equally elegant with or without a jacket. ($298, bloomingdales.com)

Lysse Schiffer
Button-down Top

The day after Thanksgiving. Saturday mornings. January 2nd. Some days you just want to cloak yourself in jeans and a long shirt and be done with it. ($108, bloomingdales.com)

Ramy Brook
Paris Poet Top

You are not required to don a beret and take to your local cafe to read Rimbaud. But if you do, we don’t blame you one bit. ($325, bloomingdales.com)


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