AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins
Jeff Elkins
Lifestyle

The Girlfriend's Guide To The Perfect White Shirt

Whether you borrow his the next morning, pair it with a power suit or wear it to pick-up, the PWS says: Look out bitches, I’m CEO of the boardroom, bedroom and playroom.

Whether you borrow his the next morning, pair it with a power suit or wear it to pickup, the PWS says: Look out bitches, I’m CEO of the boardroom, bedroom and playroom.

What makes a Perfect White Shirt?

• Well-placed buttons (unless you want to play peek-a-boob with strangers).
• Flattering fit. The Oxford’s origins are male, but it doesn’t have to be boxy. One with a little stretch will help you move freely.
• Quality fabric will last longer and won’t be see-through.
• Extra-long in the back so it stays tucked in. So long thong sightings!

Sounds like a tall order, but fear not Girlfriends, we found a few that look equally fierce with a pencil skirt or J Brand jeans.

Who me, iron? No need with Brooks Brothers’ Non-Iron Fitted Dress Shirt, $98 (see below).

AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins

If you spill red wine on Old Navy’s Classic Shirt for Women, it probably won’t come out, but at this price it won’t be so painful to replace, $18.

J.Crew’s New Perfect Shirt has a slim fit that won’t bunch up under sweaters, $69.50 (see below).

AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins

Everlane’s Relaxed Poplin Shirt is a bit more casual — slouchy, but chic, $65.

The Classic Shirt by Boden falls at the top of the thigh — it’s a perfect butt-curtain to wear over leggings, $60 (see below).

AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins

The Great White Shirt has earned its name hitting every must-have: perfectly placed buttons, extra back length to cover undies, slim fit and made of easy-care cotton, $145.

Hey, Sporty Spice! Columbia’s high-performance wicking PWS protects from ultraviolet rays without sacrificing classic tailoring, $45.

AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins


Photographs by Jeff Elkins

More From This Week

When you’re a woman of a certain age.
Finance expert Jean Chatzky has the answer.
By Jean Chatzky
And there are 19 missed calls to prove it.
By Suzanne Hayes
The advice every couple needs to hear.
I realize I will be required to wear a bra and proper shoes.
Finance expert Jean Chatzky has the answer.
By Jean Chatzky

More From Lifestyle

Close Video Modal
AARP, The Girlfriend, White Shirt, Perfect White Shirt, Button Down, classic, clean, top, clothes, jcrew, boden, columbia, claridge and king, Brooks Brothers
Jeff Elkins