Through my endless closet purges throughout the year, I have been getting rid of a significant amount of tops. Coming to realize that majority of tops I used to own were far from classics, and essentially just seasonal trends. Making me realize why I dreaded trying to find an outfit each time I walked into my closet. Even dressing casually I was left with work wear options or the same few shirts I would continuously have in rotation. Which made shopping for shirts my main focus, after I had recognized the problem.
What makes a classic shirt though, how can you invest in simple shirts that you can re-wear season after season? This was the exact question I continued to ask myself on my endless hunt for casual shirts. First things first, stick to basic colors: White, Nude, Black, Navy, and even Red. Keeping your palette simple will help reintroduce color in other ways to make your outfit pop. It’s also a good idea to have these basic neutrals crossed off the list before you start incorporating less wearable options. Luckily I already have majority of my basics, so what’s next, Graphics and Patterns.
Graphic shirts have come back in a big way over the past few seasons. Graphics such as plaid, houndstooth, windowpane, and simple stripes have also become mainstream. The trick is, how graphic can I go without it becoming too much of a statement. I find the larger the statement, the more dramatic and less wearable a piece will be to reintroduce each season. In the midst of the hunt I found this interesting mix of a graphic and a pattern in one. This Kenzo shirt proved to be a simple classic that fulfilled both categories. The simple blue and white stripes have allowed me to utilize this shirt in many ways, but simplicity of the logo gives it a bit more personality than a traditional nautical shirt. I might even wear it to my next business meeting with a blazer, thats business casual right? 😉 – psssst it’s also now on sale.
Photos by: Haley Nord