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Get It Now: the Crisp White Shirt

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Fashion Week is important for myriad reasons — the most obvious is seeing collections and identifying future trends, the less obvious (yet emerging) is identifying how show-goers are interpreting current trends and developing them into new ones.  Take for instance the minimalist trend: it’s crisp, it’s clean, it perfectly echoes the simplicity of Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani during the 1990s; it’s impactful yet no-nonsense.  Mix this credo with hotter-than-hot days and an adventurous spirit and you’ve got the return of the crisp, white shirt.  It’s coming back in a big, big way.

Perhaps best known for being Carolina Herrera’s signature top (particularly when paired with a dramatic satin skirt), white shirts are just the kind of essential that works in-between seasons when mornings are cools and days reach the high-70s.  When viewing the Spring 2014 Collections in New York, Linda couldn’t stop snapping photos of editors, buyers and other fashion luminaries sporting their white shirts.

So how can you make this look work best for you? Begin with knowing that the right (white) shirt doesn’t necessarily have to be your standard oxford button-down.  In fact, your white shirt can sport a bib in crepe de chine or perhaps even button up the back.  French shirting expert Anne Fontaine is a good place to begin (in fact, she designs over 500 new styles each season, so the probability of finding a suiting style is relatively high).  Need something that covers? Consider Marvine’s wrap style (212 872 2610).  Modernist? Meredith can help with that (212 872 2610).

Want to make an maximum impact? Complete your white shirt look with something tailored yet superlative, like a Peter Pilotto printed pencil skirt (212 872 8747) and mixed-media shoe.  Going for Rock Chick Chic grunge? Trust leather pants to take you downtown.  Him for Her?  It’s never been so easy than with a pair of trousers and the right kind of accessory.

The Ten: White Shirts

Note: all photos from the street were taken by Linda, from her iPhone. She’s not a professional photographer… but she’s got a keen eye for what’s hot.