I was invited back to Breakfast Television this past week to share some tips on how to wear a basic item – the classic white dress shirt – in three different ways. Of course, my style mind started racing with all the amazing possibilities for creating stylish yet functional outfits with this must-have classic item. In putting the different looks together, I was fortunate enough to work with The Bay, in Edmonton’s City Centre Mall.
Here are the three looks I came up with:
Model #1: Michelle
Rather than give Michelle a basic (ok… boring) professional look, I chose to go with something that looks fresh and interesting for Spring.
Breakin’ it down:
- The classic white dress shirt has been paired with a tweed skirt that has an interesting lace-inspired pattern to it. The vertical seaming along the front is a great way to add length to the body.
- A bright orange trench coat was added to give this outfit a pop of colour. Since the dress shirt and skirt are fairly neutral, you could most definitely add other colours besides orange to complete the look.
- I kept the pumps a nude colour so that the overall look wouldn’t be too busy since this is, after all, a professional look.
- Michelle is only wearing 2 accessories, an emerald green cocktail ring and sand coloured earring.
- Michelle’s hair and make has been kept simple yet day-time chic.
Model #2: Jennifer
This is how you do day-time casual. There’s not a single sweatpant or hoodie in sight with this outfit but this will be pretty much as comfortable as shleppy sweats. This is a great outfit if you’re going for lunch with your lady-friends, to an afternoon art show, or strolling about town for the afternoon. Ladies, take some notes!
Breakin’ it down:
- Layering is a great way to show that you know how to be stylish while keeping warm in the early part of Spring. The classic white dress shirt has been paired with a patterned, cropped cardigan and rose-coloured leather jacket. For those that don’t like leaving shirts un-tucked, don’t be offended… tuck it in!
- I’ve kept the pant in a similar colour family as the cardigan but used a much brighter tone. You must recognize, though, that not everyone can wear (or wants to wear) a skinny pant or jegging, as Jennifer is wearing. That doesn’t mean you can’t participate in this trend – if you really want to. Take a peek at my pants (off to the side of the models). There are wider legged pants that come in bright colours for this season.
- Jennifer is wearing a low wedge sandal which makes walking around comfy and easy. If you prefer a flat, go for it.
- I was tempted to add bigger earrings (which is my obsession) but opted for simple gold drops so as to not overcomplicate this outfit.
- Hair and makeup is a bit bolder for this outfit but feel free to tone it down if this is too much for you… but I LOVE this top bun.
Model #3: Megan
It’s not always necessary to wear black for evening. This is a great outfit to go out for a casual, yet stylish, dinner with girlfriends.
Breakin’ it down:
- I’ve paired the classic white dress shirt with a metallic knit sweater (it can be a bit chilly out in early Spring) and really exaggerated the cuff in this outfit.
- Again, we’re going back to bright jeggings to complete this look as it is a fun and vibrant trend this season.
- Since the outfit itself is fairly basic, I’ve chosen to add more accessories to sass it up. First, I chose a fun heel that lightens up the look. Then, I added multiple necklaces and a bold cocktail ring that is a great contrast to the dark magenta pants.
- Megan’s makeup has been played up to give her more of an evening look, and her hair has been pulled into a sleek and sexy side braid. Love it!
PS- if you don’t have a classic white dress shirt, go out right now and get one. This is a classic item that you’ll never regret having in yoru closet rotation.
Make sure you look amazing in it and, most importantly, that it fits you properly across the bustline.