For the love of a white shirt.

Call me simple, but I am, and always have been, in love with white shirts and blouses. Not any white shirt, but certain ones that convey a bit of chic or charm with very little effort.

Consider my fashion beginnings. The sweet Peter Pan collar, starched and ironed smooth, so crisp and clean looking beneath the little pinafore uniform of my elementary school.

A white shirt is that classic piece of clothing that has so many applications. You can pair it with jeans, a pencil skirt, trousers, or as cocktail attire and you’re good to go.

“You can never go wrong with a pressed white shirt.”

                                                     Carolina Herrera

 Whenever I wore a crisp white shirt to work, I always felt the perfect blend of feminine and powerful.

And now, even though I don’t need to wear nice collared shirts or blouses any more given my relaxed lifestyle, trust me, I will. It’s not a question of ‘need.’

A crisp white shirt says to me “Stand up straight . . . and glow.”

“Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance.”

                                                      Coco Chanel

Here are three of my current favorites.

(The shirt with jeans and conch belt is approaching the 10-year mark. How’s that for loyalty? It was a special purchase attached to an even more special memory. I treasure this little darling.)

What do you think? Are you an aficionado of the white shirt or blouse?

Till next time,



  1. dona
    March 24, 2017 / 8:10 am

    Hi Judy!
    Yes, you are a connoisseur of the white shirt! Knowing you for over 40 years, every time we get a new “white crisp cotton blouse” at Nordstrom I think of you. The white shirt is surely a staple in your closet and a must to have. You can wear them so many different ways. I personally love the tunic long white shirts to wear as a bathing suite cover. Can I put a plug in for the FOXCROFT shirt. This is a non-wrinkle shirt that you can throw in the washer and dryer and they come out looking just as good as the day you bought them and they last for years. I love the outfits you put together and the accessories to compliment the “white shirt”. Love the swing style blouse with the animal print kitty heel. Now that is a hard shirt to find. It’s difficult enough to find just a plain white collared button up shirt, let alone one with lots of personality. Thank you for your informative message and look forward to tuesday!

  2. Sharon Mills
    March 24, 2017 / 9:52 am

    You are so cute! You pull off the white blouse better than anyone I know. It is a classy look!

  3. Doris Syme
    March 24, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Darling photo of you as a “school kid”,,,,,,love the white shirt style!

  4. March 26, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Judy, Wow…these looks are great. I find when I wear pure white (which is a great neutral), I have to add a little more color to my face–whether it be a brighter lipstick, or more colorful jewelry. Sadly, as we age, we begin to fade (lips, hair, skin, eyebrows).
    I love white, but if I don’t add additional color, I can look totally washed out.
    Thanks for reminding us about this simple staple in our wardrobe.

    • Judy McLane
      March 27, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks for the color reminder, Sharon. You’re so right about adding a touch more color to our faces.

  5. Terry Devine
    March 28, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Judy, you have inspired me to find my own white shirt. I have always loved clean white sox for around the house, and a couple of years ago I went with white hair! (It’s so true about the fading of time. I now wear more f the darker/stronger colors – in addition to my black – and less gray.)
    I’m going to check out the Foxcroft shirt, because even though I love the crisp look, I hate the ironing! 🙂

    Thank you as always!

    • Judy McLane
      March 30, 2017 / 6:54 am

      Whatever you decide to wear or do, Terry, you always do it with style!

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