I have had this white button-up shirt for ages (we're talking high school). When it comes to closet clean-outs, it almost always makes its way to the "get rid of" pile - visions of choir and band concerts, and DECA presentations invade my memories...
But, before I officially bid the pile "adieu," I snatch the shirt back, sigh, and hang it back up in my closet. This shirt gets saved because of necessity. A white button-up shirt is essential, no matter what your dress code, style, or thoughts on uniforms. Really. It's a classic. And it's an easy default for a cleaned up look.
So, why does it teeter on the brink of existence in my closet and the donation pile? The fit. I've had it since my youth (so long, youth), and the sleeves are a tricky 3/4 sleeve length. The hemline is tricky - longer in the back, shorter in the front, is it even the right length?
DID YOU KNOW??
That rolling your sleeves just one more time than normal can give an old classic a new look?
A more refined, grown up, professional, "I know what I'm doing" look?
And that tucking your shirt in (or at least a half tuck), says
"I know how to wear my clothes? Looky here, I'm even wearing a belt, check out my waist."?
Because, those two small tricks have the power to transform an old classic into a new and refreshed basic. Trust - I'm so excited to wear this shirt after discovering those two tiny improvements, that it's already been washed, ironed, and paired with another outfit for this coming week.
All after this shirt has seen little-to-no wear in the past several years.
How's that for starting the week off with a bang?
white button-up shirt: GAP
green pants: from a friend via Urban Outfitters
brown wedges: Rocketdog via DSW
brown belt: American Eagle
brown necklace: Target