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the crisp white shirt.

29 May 2009

image source: 4th and bleeker

image source: 4th and bleeker

I must stop all blasphemous thoughts (dearest Shini will know what I’m talking about) of pushing summer away when I ogle and drool over beautiful fall clothing – blazers, trousers, little sweaters, cropped jackets, black boots (no surprise there). So I’ve compromised.

The crisp white shirt. Iconic in every right, both in menswear and brought into women’s must-have basics list – that stands for everything from classicality, sophistication, a juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity, and of demure sensuality. A hint of the je ne sais quoi, and the casual, “oh, I just borrowed it from my boyfriend”,  b l a s é  attitude

So, when worn slightly frumpled, half tucked in with a few buttons left unbuttoned, it can either look a bit scandalous, or simply alluring. I have compromised, at last – a white button down worn with cut off denim for a could-be-fall, could-be-summer ensemble. A long gold chain, or a Y necklace would only add to the sensuality. Mm. 


image source: tfs

image source: tfs

Okay. Maybe one more button buttoned, but a lacy bra peeking could have potential too.


La C.



55 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 May 2009 12:27 am

    I have been searching for the perfect white shirt for AGES! Such a fab look

  2. bruinette permalink
    29 May 2009 2:06 am

    LOVE the idea of the classic white button down. How could you wear it for a night out look?

  3. 29 May 2009 2:13 am

    Yeah, she’s definitely trying too hard in the last pic. I’ve also been on a button down shirt kick these days. I love your ideas to sex it up!

  4. 29 May 2009 2:17 am

    After you sent me that gorgeous image in reply to my email I straight away knew I had to find the perfect white shirt. Until last night I had a brain wave that saved me a few $$$ and remembered I bought myself a perfect white shirt when I was traveling Europe. And even better, I remembered where I stored it, waiting to be worn in Summer. So now I have a crisp white shirt Hallelujah!!

    Have a fabulous friday doll xxx

  5. 29 May 2009 2:28 am

    I have so many white shirts, love them! Shame I’m so lazy with ironing them… 🙂

  6. 29 May 2009 3:22 am

    Hi there-I love the casual chic, sexy way of wearing them, particularly with denim!

  7. 29 May 2009 3:31 am

    🙂 i love the white-shirt-look. always fresh and classy 😉

  8. 29 May 2009 5:54 am

    I only have one crisp white shirt! It doesn’t get enough wear! Although I do need a loose, casual one too.

    Great post. Loving your work as always! x

  9. 29 May 2009 9:35 am

    I really love that first photo. I love white shirts. There’s so many ways they can be worn. Have a fantastic weekend.

  10. 29 May 2009 9:36 am

    Love it! Everyone MUST own a crisp white shirt.

  11. 29 May 2009 10:15 am

    love love love love the idea of a lacy bra peeking through a crispy white dress a lover of lingerie i think every woman should do it!


  12. 29 May 2009 10:31 am

    It’s actually quite hard to find a good white shirt, but it is such a great look!

  13. 29 May 2009 10:43 am

    I love it:) It’s so simple and yet so gorgeous ^^ I need to get one of those (no boyfriend to borrow from yet xD)

  14. 29 May 2009 11:04 am

    so chic!! xx

  15. 29 May 2009 11:35 am

    haha a white shirt is a necessary piece in every girl’s wardrobe

    xo k

  16. 29 May 2009 11:52 am

    I think we could just as well skip summer now!! Oh the times when I was young when I wanted nothing but summer… I guess the only layering I wanted was that extra cream on my icecream to smudge on my face…

    Great choice of the first shirt, I love when it’s soooo manlish big but when it still manages to fit your frame. Love it.

  17. 29 May 2009 12:10 pm

    I’ve just saw an article about the white shirt in a french magasine, and I don’t know why we don’t wear it more often. I love the second picture you chose!
    I wonder about your name “la couturier”, caus’ in french we say la couturière, so, is it a mistake or you chose to do like that… ?

  18. 29 May 2009 12:21 pm

    Loves it!
    So sexy!


  19. 29 May 2009 12:39 pm

    Man I wish I could look THAT sexy in my white button downs.

  20. 29 May 2009 12:46 pm

    My favorite is walking around barefoot in the morning with an oversized white men’s shirt and a pair of panties on.

  21. 29 May 2009 12:47 pm

    A great pass partout for ever…

  22. 29 May 2009 1:15 pm

    Man, that is sexy! This reminds me to cut off one of my jeans so that I can have something to pair manly shirts with.

  23. 29 May 2009 1:25 pm

    Simple yet sexy!

    Julia definitely rocks the whole look!

  24. 29 May 2009 2:18 pm


    why have you inspired another want for my wardrobe.
    lovelove, but so upsetting that there’s so much wanting in my life. :\

  25. 29 May 2009 2:19 pm

    There is nothing more luxurious and sexy than a crisp white shirt. I myself have been on a search for one that fits loosely – it’s oh so much more lovely when it isn’t completely fitted. 🙂

  26. 29 May 2009 2:32 pm

    I’m in need of a white button-down long-sleeve shirt. I only have a short-sleeve one, and it’s just not the same. I love it paired with denim cut-offs, and I’m thinking it would be fab over a pair of black leggings and killer strappy heels. Fab post as usual! Hope you have a great weekend!

    xo, Becs

  27. 29 May 2009 2:50 pm

    I adore!

  28. 29 May 2009 3:06 pm

    The white T-shirt. The epitome of the word: sexy. 😉

  29. Tamara permalink
    29 May 2009 3:12 pm

    I am really into this “just borrowed it from my boyfriend” thing lately 😉 It’s funny, though I am not sure he thinks the same!

  30. 29 May 2009 3:30 pm

    I want to try the crisp white shirt look, with an open button and the shirt roughly tucked in. It looks so cool and I’m sure a guys shirt will be great to wear over the summer.

  31. 29 May 2009 4:16 pm

    I’ve been searching for the right one for years! Soft to the touch yet looks crisp and molds to the body. Good luck to me, lol!

  32. Alize Morand permalink
    29 May 2009 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous! But it’s a really tough one to get right. Not too tight (seeing between buttons is awful) not too big, not too see-through, good quality cotton.. I’m still looking for THE one! Julia looks really sensual in hers! As ever.


  33. 29 May 2009 6:55 pm

    i really like the first pic! i love to wear my blouse like that too! great post =D

  34. 29 May 2009 7:39 pm

    PS. Can’t remember if I already wrote this, but I left some awards for you in my penultimate post 😉 titled ‘Elle Fashionista Questionnaire & Interview at Dream Sequins’ 🙂

  35. 29 May 2009 11:11 pm

    LOVE the crisp white shirt it is an absolute must have for any person, male or female. It can be so simply sexy with a nice pair of jeans. I really need to invest in a new one.

  36. 30 May 2009 4:17 am

    I could never get enough of white shirts! They’re so classic and perfect with anything for any season. That picture of Julia is just so stunning! xxoxoxo

  37. 30 May 2009 6:43 am

    Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is soooo gorgeous! I love her style.

    And I’ve been seeing that Moschino belt everywhere lately.


  38. 30 May 2009 7:07 am

    Cool pictures!=) Everyone(men and women) sould own a white shirt!=)

  39. 30 May 2009 8:10 am

    It’s one of my favorite tricks for almost-summer time, I love that blasé-look you describe so well, and a simple shirt could do the piratesque look, the just-awake look, the hippie, the wasp, the….. oh, I love white shirts !!
    Plus, Julia looks per-fect.

  40. 30 May 2009 9:31 am

    Ah yes, a white shirt is a must!!

  41. 30 May 2009 11:05 am

    white shirts and classic black dresses are in my must have list

  42. 30 May 2009 12:09 pm

    a gal can never have too many great white shirts. OMG i have 3 moschino belts from the first pic. : ) i guess i can use them again uh….

  43. 30 May 2009 12:45 pm

    Julia looks perfect in this outfit…. her ability to take a classic white shirt and still make it fashionable and sexy is brilliant.
    I love the idea of pairing a white shirt with shorts for a more appropriate summer look! So fun 🙂

  44. 30 May 2009 12:55 pm

    I adore the crisp white shirt, it is a must have for every woman


  45. 30 May 2009 1:57 pm

    very lovely. i wore My older brother’s Ralph Lauren (crisp and white) for my 16th birthday. It rocked.

    xoxo Mo

  46. 30 May 2009 5:39 pm

    She´s so sexy, it hurts!

  47. 30 May 2009 6:48 pm

    absolutely fantastic

  48. 30 May 2009 7:39 pm

    It looks great on her, but I fear the rumpled-ness would make me look sloppy 😦

  49. 30 May 2009 8:57 pm

    Ahh, yes the typical white shirt at it’s best1 I agree about the last pic, maybe one button buttoned more but yes the lacy bra does have a scandelous potential!

  50. kristine permalink
    30 May 2009 9:24 pm

    completely amazingggggg.

  51. thebaglady permalink
    30 May 2009 11:00 pm

    I love how you write about the classic button down as something classic yet new.


  52. 31 May 2009 3:46 am

    A white shirt i a true basic, but I haven´t found the perfect one yet 🙂

    Please let me know when you´ve done the tag 🙂

  53. 31 May 2009 11:19 am

    This shirt is something that should be an integral part of any girls wardrobe!
    Nice post.
    x Laura

  54. 31 May 2009 1:09 pm

    simple, classic, fresh and sexy! great!

  55. 1 June 2009 2:42 pm

    What’s up with the white shirt, its like a black dress….it a wardrobe staple.

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