Some things you wear just a few times and then toss to the back of the closet. Not the white shirt. It's a staple, a wardrobe basic that makes the rounds.
On its own, the white shirt may not seem very interesting, but its
beauty lies in how readily it complements a variety of moods. Casual and comfortable when worn as an oversized peasant shirt -- tucked in, wrapped or tied in front; strictly business, starched and stiff-collared, giving TV's Murphy Brown her edge.
The white shirt can be borrowed from the closet of the man in the house or purchased from one of the haute houses -- say, $550 at Chanel.
Off the spring sale rack or from a designer boutique, the white shirt continues to offer options as generous as the imagination and as reliable as a favorite pair of jeans.