5 Ways to Take a Classic White Shirt to the Next Level
Weekday morning outfit panic is unavoidable. There’s nothing worse than standing in your closet, surrounded by clothes (clothes that you love, BTW) and still having absolutely no idea what to wear. If you’re anything like us, it happens at least once a week, no matter which outfit formulas worked in the days and weeks before. And on particularly rough days when nothing you pair together seems to really hit the mark, there’s only one piece in your closet that you know always will. There’s just something about a classic, bright white button-down shirt that instantly puts a frazzled mind at ease. Always chic and never overstated, it’s a wardrobe essential for a reason. This season, try a new, trendy twist on this classic, must-have look. Need a little inspiration? Girl, we got you.
1. Madewell White Cotton Courier Shirt ($65): For a quick update to your beloved button-down, get your monogram (or your pet’s name, or an inside joke) embroidered above the chest pocket. Then pair it with dark skinnies and penny loafers for a perfectly preppy look.
2. Zara Oversized Poplin Shirt ($40): These irreverent patches add low-key cool to the classic wardrobe staple. Pick up this showstopper or DIY the look at home to make it more personal. Either way, straight vintage jeans and sky-high pumps will seal the deal for this on-trend look.
3. Pomelo Catriona Peplum Button Up Shirt ($39): Bell sleeves are everywhere right now, and for good reason — they add instant edge to even the most subdued look. Tuck it into a colorful pencil skirt for a trend-setting outfit that will have passersby wondering if it’s fashion week already.
4. Thomas Mason® for J.Crew Collarless Tuxedo Shirt ($138): If you love the look of a tuxedo shirt but want something that’s fancy without the fuss, then this shirt deserves a spot in your closet. Its collarless neckline is just begging to be paired with a vibrant pair of tassel earrings.
5. Mango Tie-Neck Blouse ($60): Neckerchiefs, neck scarves, skinny scarves — no matter what you call them, these little add-ons exude a casual rock-star vibe. This white-on-white take on the must-have style will look so fresh and so clean paired with high-waisted jeans or printed trousers.
6. ASOS WHITE Extreme Dipped Back Shirt ($89): Everything about this shirt is MAJOR, including, of course, the exaggerated hemline. The best part is that it’s such a versatile top: Dress it up with stovepipe trousers in a luxe jewel tone, or dress it down with black skinnies and Stan Smiths a la the photo above.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)