The great white shirt

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Everyone should have a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe arsenal.  The perfect fitting white shirt is a classic, much like the LBD, black wide-leg trousers and camel trench.

Not the easiest thing to come by, but well worth the search.  The varieties are endless – cotton with stretch, fitted silhouettes, cuff and sleeve details, collar variations – but they all work equally well paired with trousers,  jeans or pencil skirts, or worn under cardigans or vests.  I love a white shirt worn formally to the office, or casually teamed with jeans and All Stars.

I personally favour a men’s style white shirt, not too fitted, in a luxuriously high quality 100% cotton and preferably made-to-measure.  There are always an abundance of white shirts reinterpreted seasonally to match the trends, but great button down with French cuffs and a stand-up collar is the ultimate timeless wardrobe essential.  I have to admit that I am still on the search, and am hoping that an amazing tailor in Thailand in December can whip me up a shirt that perfectly fits my long arms and body!

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Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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