You know there’s something in the air when three stylish women, decades apart in age, wear the same piece on the same night. The humble white shirt was given a whole new look at the Oscars, with Uma Thurman channelling her Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace in a white Bottega Veneta shirt, Gen-Z fashion plate Zendaya alluding to Sharon Stone’s Oscars 1998 look, and red carpet rule-breaker Kristen Stewart turning to Chanel for a sheer button-up, which she paired with a short-shorts suit.
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Designers have reimagined white shirts every which way, from spliced and ruched to deconstructed and decorated, but nothing beats a classic silhouette in cotton poplin or silk. All eyes were on elevated basics at the autumn/winter 2022 shows, where white shirting stood out for its powerful simplicity. (Another foundational staple, the trusty white tank top, was also a seasonal hit).
Alaïa’s creative director Pieter Mulier teamed white shirting with a polo-neck and ruffled flared jeans for a contemporary take on the age-old jeans-and-shirt combo. Sexier styles came courtesy of Balmain, where shirts were undone to show décolletage, and Peter Do, where one model wore a completely unbuttoned shirt with cigarette trousers and a stitched coat.
Nicholas Ghesquière and Alessandro Michele celebrated the collegiate connotations of the white shirt. The former styled white shirts with slouchy trousers and sprightly floral ties worn loosely at the neck for Louis Vuitton. The latter teamed pristine white shirts with skinny leather ties, oversized blazers and shiny skirts at Gucci.
White shirts provide blank canvases upon which to layer prints and embellishment, as seen at Erdem, Ports 1961 and Christian Dior. For elegant minimalism, look to The Row, which featured timeless white shirts layered gracefully over colourful knits and coats. Keen to stand out from the crowd? Lucie and Luke Meier of Jil Sander showed a shirt with serious big collar energy for autumn/winter 2022.
See Vogue’s white shirt styling ideas, below.