white shirts coverWhen you’re a mum, you have so much going on in your head in the morning. For me, at the moment, my daily challenge is getting my 4 year old to school and 2 year old to preschool, on time, dressed correctly, having eaten a nourishing and low sugar breakfast to keep them going until lunch, without smears of breakfast condiment on their faces, teeth brushed, hair (kind of) brushed, bags with correct things in: signed slips returned for him; spare pants in case she wees herself for her… God it’s hard work. My husband is more often than not already at work by the time we get up so it’s all down to me. At least I don’t have to think about making sandwiches, thank God for free school meals…

And at the same time as doing all of this, I am supposed to get myself ready. And come out of the house looking OK.

Here’s what I suggest when it comes to getting dressed. Make your life easier by trying to cultivate a simpler sense of style. Establish the things you definitely like and focus on a few key items – either that you already have or to go out and buy. A good sort out may be required: if you haven’t worn it for ages, get rid.

Pinterest, for those of you who don’t currently use it, is great for honing down on the style you want to go for. Establish a few key ‘looks’ and stick to those on weekdays when stress is at its highest.

For example, I always go for skinny jeans and a t-shirt (so many striped ones), shirt or plain sweater. Shoe wise it’s converse or a Chelsea boot. For a coat, every day choice is normally a parka or wax jacket. I work from home so I don’t have to dress up. Many of you will be going to work so you have that to factor in too…

One great wardrobe staple for all mums, stay at home or go to work, is a white shirt. I love a white shirt, on anyone. Any size, any colouring, any style, any age – a white shirt looks good on all women, and luckily the way it is being styled right now is messily and loose-looking, perfect for stressed out mums.

What about when the baby pukes on my nice clean white shirt I hear you cry? Aha! This is where the sweater over the top works perfectly.

Here are my favourite white shirts on the high street at the moment.

The Shirt, Boden, £39

The ShirtGood price, good cut. Boden are completely reliable and this is a classic item of theirs that they bring back each season. Also, if you wimp out of white, you could go for blue gingham (I am thinking of this option!) or a print. I’d wear this with skinny jeans and boots.


White Stuff (at John Lewis), Dorothea Shirt, £29.95

Dorothea shirt

I’m increasingly impressed with this surf brand – their stuff is decently priced and always has a nice dressed down vibe. I wouldn’t be nervous about wearing this as it has a very relaxed feel. Wear it with boyfriend jeans and converse.

Whistles (at John Lewis) Skye Cotton Shirt, £85


I love this oversized shirt with fold back sleeves. It’s very fashion! You could wear this with skinny jeans in the day and brogues, or at night with leather look/plain black leggings and heels. Dress it up even more with statement necklace. It’s more to spend, but worth it as you’d get evening wear out of it too. An investment piece.

Mango (at John Lewis) Collar Blouse, was £34 now £16.99


I completely love this collarless shirt. It has so many options. It’s long enough to be tucked it, but baggy enough to still be laid back. At this price it won’t be there for long! Perfect for work or at home.

The White Shirt, The White Company, £70

TWCThis is the totally classic version of a white shirt. It will never go out of style. Quality cotton and a tailored cut. Worth the price if you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of it. Great work / smart casual option.

>> Have a looksie at our Pinterest board how to wear a white shirt for inspo on how to style your white shirt out!

4 comments on “5 of the best… classic white shirts”

  1. I love white shirts! My favourite is the Whistles shirt. I’m totally into the ‘shirt buttoned up to the top’ look teamed with a ballerina bun at the moment. Another Great post Rachel.

    • Hi Sue! I know what you mean, I have a just 2 year old… I think what’s good is that A) it’s Autumn so jumpers are coming out of the drawers and B) sweaters over the top of shirts are in!! They hide a multitude of sins! Check out the Pinterest page to see what I mean… Also, if white is too risky for you, I say try a patterned or a check gingham shirt, like the ones at Boden… I’m wearing a grey sweatshirt over a stripy shirt right now. Thanks for your comment!

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