How to Style a White Shirt According to the Expert, Carolina Herrera

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CH Carolina Herrera White Shirt
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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 - Runway - Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week
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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.


“I think it’s very important to own a white shirt. You can wear it with trousers, with a long skirt, with a short skirt, for daytime, for the evening.”


“When it comes to the white shirt, whatever way you wear it is the correct way. There is no right or wrong way.”


“When I buy a white shirt, I don’t go looking for a particular silhouette. The most important thing is the fit. If you like the way it fits and the way it looks, then it’s good for you.”


“There is no limit to how many classic white shirts a woman can have. Restocking is always a good idea because the more you wear them, the more they lose their shine, newness, and brightness.”


“I think running into someone who is wearing the exact same piece as you is never a problem if you have style.”


“White shirts have to be washed by hand and then pressed – that keeps them fresh.”


“You have to own a lot of white shirts because they lose their color. The thing about this piece is that it has to look very crisp, snappy, and fresh. If not, it’s time to replace it.”


“Whether it’s with jeans or a skirt, the beauty of a white shirt is that it’s so versatile and becomes whatever you want it to be.”

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