There are many things I love in life and a great white shirt is one of the things that sits at the top of my list. It is, in my opinion, a wardrobe essential that sits in your closet right next to that little black dress, a great blazer, and a killer pair of pumps. A great white shirt can take you may places without skipping a beat. It can take you from the boardroom, to an afternoon at the art gallery, then round the evening out at happy hour with the girls.

I used to be obsessed with white shirts and owned about 50. In the last few years my obsession has gotten better and I finally donated and gave most of them away, and I’m currently down to only 2. So you know what that means…time to go shopping (see how that worked out). The key things I look for in a white shirt:

  1. Quality Fabric – I tend to favor 100% Supima and Egyptian cotton for its luxurious and silkier hand.
  1. Construction – Depends on how I want to wear it – with jeans, under a suit jacket, with a tank underneath, over leggings, tied in the front, and so forth.
  1. Fun – I always look for something beyond the basic – does it have cool buttons, are they mixing up different textures, nothing is off-limits! My only requirement is that it’s a white shirt and it makes me feel good. 

With that being said, don’t feel like you have to stick with a classic/basic white shirt; have some fun with it and make it FUNKY!

Clockwise starting at the top: 1. Annick (  2. Lafayette 148  3.Christie (  4. Ann Demeulemeester 


Until soon…Toodles !

~Felice “Swanky Girl” Sloan

Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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