Staples | White Shirt

Today is OCRF White Shirt Day, so I am dedicating this post to the most versatile piece of clothing in your closet.

I don’t know one woman who doesn’t have a white shirt in her wardrobe. When I think white shirt I think Katherine Hepburn, Calvin Klein and Risky Business.

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The shirt dates back to the middle ages, when it was worn as underwear or a nightgown. From the 16th century the shirt became outerwear for men. The collar grew into enormous proportions and was decorated with frills, ruffles, embroidery and lace.

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Until the end of the 19th century, the white shirt was considered to be a symbol of wealth as it was worn by men who didn’t work. This is where the term ‘white collar worker’ was derived.

It wasn’t until the 20th century that women began wearing shirts. Famously in the 1920’s Coco Chanel discarded her corset and wore the white shirt loose for the first time.

In the 1950’s the pin-up style was trending so the shirt was worn with rolled sleeves, popped collars and tucked into a high-waisted skirt. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

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But by the 70’s with the feminist movement, the white shirt turned into an androgynous piece. Think Diane Keaton in Annie Hall and punk rock artist Patti Smith on the cover of her album Horses.

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One of the most iconic white shirt moments was in 1992 when Anna Wintour put nine supermodels in the same GAP white shirt for the cover of US Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue.

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Over time a garment that was once a nightgown, has cemented itself as both a fashion and Hollywood icon.

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The Witchery OCRF White Shirt Campaign is an initiative designed to raise awareness of and fund research into the disease which kills one woman every 10 hours.

1200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and with most diagnosed in the late stage, early detection is the key to changing the statistics.

100% of gross profits from the sale of pieces from the Witchery White Shirt collection are donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, who are striving for the development and implementation of an early detection program for ovarian cancer.

A great cause and an even better reason to buy the ultimate wardrobe staple!

These are my two picks from the collection:

OCRF Silk Hardware Shirt, $149.95

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OCRF Tab Detail Shirt, $149.95

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– CS

Information sources:

http://www.tailorstore.co.uk/history-of-bespoke-shirts

http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/editor-s-blog/2011/08/august-10th

http://www.more.com/fashion/clothes-trends/classic-white-shirt

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