Since 1981, Carolina Herrera has been designing classic white shirts, but she’s been wearing them for even longer. For the renowned designer, a crisp white shirt is a part of her daily uniform, and her love affair with the versatile wardrobe staple has resulted in years of collections that are overflowing with multiple takes on this classic.
In the past, Herrera has described how the white shirt transcends trends, as the wearer is capable of making it uniquely her own by styling it differently. She might wear the same shirt as her daughter, but accomplish a completely different look by how she rolls up the sleeves, pops the collar, or accessorizes it. Each Carolina Herrera collection contains at least one white shirt and, now, the designer is educating her customer on exactly how to wear it.
In an exclusive interview with Savoir Flair, Carolina Herrera and her daughter Carolina Herrera de Baez discuss sharing shirts and working together. Read on to see what they had to say, and then scroll ahead to shop the brand’s variations and pick up some styling tips.
Carolina Herrera, white shirts have always suited you well. Why do you think that is?
CH: I think I’ve always loved white shirts. They’re like a security blanket for me because I feel I can wear them with anything. I have been wearing them for such a long time. Firstly to school, with a little Peter Pan collar, then to ride horses and play tennis.
Would you wear a man’s shirt?
CH: Absolutely! I love men’s shirts – there’s something special about a woman wearing a man’s shirt.
Would the two of you trade white shirts?
CH: Many times. I always go to her closet to find out where my shirts are. She takes mine, and I do the same.
CHDB: I borrow hers all of the time, and she doesn’t like anyone borrowing her things.
Carolina Herrera de Baez, what are the memories that come to mind when you think about the white shirt?
CHDB: White shirts have always been in my life. I remember my mother always wearing them. Even when we had meetings in school, she would always wear one – usually with a white skirt or pants – so it’s always been in both of our lives.
What do you enjoy most about working with your mother?
CHDB: Working with my mother is great. It’s easy; she lets you open up to your ideas, she lets you try new things. If she doesn’t like something, she won’t say, “No, we’re not doing that.” Instead, she’ll figure out a way to use it. She’s very easygoing and versatile, but with a strong point of view and opinions. She knows what she likes, and it’s easier to work with someone who is like that.