The Ultimate White Shirt
This post is in collaboration with GANT.
You know a focus of my blog is quality classic pieces. I say it way too often, but I think that many of you come here everyday to read about that too. To always find out what it worth investing in, how many times I can wear an item in different ways, what pieces will really become a key player in your wardrobe. So when the opportunity to collaborate with GANT came up, I jumped at the chance to work with a brand that create pieces that embody everything I think is important to have in a wardrobe. And I wanted to start off by discussing what GANT perhaps do best; the Oxford white shirt.
The whole brand began with shirts (you can read all about it here, honestly it’s such an interesting read). They have obviously expanded and grown an incredible amount since then, but I wanted to start right at the beginning of their heritage and discuss what they still do best; the Oxford shirt. They invented certain aspects to classic shirts; such as the locker loop on the back of a shirt, invented in the 1950s so men could hang their shirts up in their lockers while at University, and the button down collar which is now seen on countless shirts from countless brands.
So, needless to say, GANT have the credentials to know what it takes to make a great shirt - and I thought I would test them out by styling one shirt in three different ways. I wear white shirts so often, they are a huge wardrobe staple for me, and so I wanted to showcase a few different ways you could style up the shirt. This particular one is from their Diamond G range, made from 100% cotton it has the classic crispness of a white shirt, but with an added softness making it really comfortable to wear all day long. Perfect if you wanted to take your white shirt from the office to the evening, and then to wear again over the weekend!
Firstly, I don’t even know what to categorise this look as. It would definitely be worn on an evening out, maybe even to work depending on your dress code, and also for general day to day if you want to feel a bit fancy. This one was all about different textures in one look; the crisp cotton of a white shirt, soft leather on the trousers, and then the suede and shearling of this beautiful jacket. These pieces will sit perfectly in your wardrobe throughout winter, and each can be dressed up and down - giving them a big fat tick for versatility! I also popped into the Alchemist, one of my fave cocktails spots, who are pretty relevant to this post too. Next week GANT will opening a store at Victoria Gate in Leeds, I will be there hosting the event, and the Alchemist will be doing the catering... must remember not to obsessively follow the catering around all evening!
Let’s go casual, and also classic. My favourite thing about casual dressing, which is how I dress most days, it when it has an element of sophistication through the use of classic and timeless pieces. So I teamed the shirt with this incredible camel coat… which is actually reversible, so stay tuned for another look that shows this off! I love the soft tailoring of this piece which lends itself to a laid back look perfectly. Add in some comfy leather trainers and you are completely good to go!
For the final look I went with something a little more workwear inspired - it would be criminal to do a post all about a white shirt and not mention how much of a power piece it is in any workwear wardrobe. I don’t think it has to be boring either - something about the combination of ‘work’ and ‘white shirt’ makes me think of my school uniform which doesn’t inspire very much fashion inspiration. Instead I went with something really androgynous, broken up by this beautifully tailored wool coat. Adding a coat is a great way to break up an outfit that was one step away from becoming a traditional trouser suit, and not to mention makes it perfect for Winter!
Let me know which look was your fave! And if you are around Leeds next Thursday please do pop by the store to come and say hi! The event runs from 7pm-9pm, there will be music, delicious food and drink from the Alchemist (get there early actually, before I eat it all), and of course lots of beautiful clothes! It would be lovely to see some of your faces there!