If someone were to say to you: I am going into your closet and taking everything you own except for 10 pieces of clothing. You may chose what you would like to keep. What would be your response?
What do you think you can’t live without? What are the most versatile items you own? What ones give you the most options with the least complications?
I asked approximately 40 French women this question. Without exception every one included a white shirt in her top ten.
Actually they got a little worked up over the decision because although they admitted a classic men’s shirt would be their first choice they didn’t want to make that choice. They insisted they needed a collection of white shirts and blouses. I relented.
Buttoned-up; rolled-up; tied-up; unbuttoned; untucked; under something; over something; covering something; wrapping around something — OK, I get it. As usual they’re right. What is more perfect than an iconic white shirt — note those on rocker, Patti Smith and Audrey Tautou in the new Coco Chanel film (directed curiously enough by Anne Fontaine, but not the Anne Fontaine who designed the two blouses on the left) — and all the myriad riffs on the theme?
Let us count the ways: ruffled, tucked, pleated, embellished, embroidered, piped. . .
Anne Fontaine ,who for years designed only white chemises, proved the possibilities were indeed limitless as you can see with three of her designs on the left. Who can blame a French woman for insisting one is never enough?
GAP gets it too. Note variations on the subject below.
Almost forgot: If you’ve been madly searching for that amusing, off-beat, once your friends see you in it they’ll never forget skirt that goes with everything, the little “cage” number up there is from Acne.