Style Staples, #2

Any list of Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials includes a crisp white shirt.

I don’t disagree that this is a style staple; I just don’t wear them often.

Why not? Well, frankly, I spill a lot. I refuse to iron. I have PTSD from wearing a thin white blouse as part of a school uniform in high school and freezing through four years of Wisconsin winters.

But when I see a pulled together, stylish person wearing a white shirt, I have to admit it looks pretty classy. It’s also a particularly sophisticated look for Women of A Certain Age, like Diane Keaton – who rocks a white shirt often and does it well.

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If you’re looking to invest, Anne Fontaine is the way to go. The one with the asymmetrical collar is my favorite but comes with a steep price tag ($450!). Still, it is gorgeous and unique:

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Thomas Pink is also a shirt superstar:

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Eddie Bauer isn’t a brand I shop often, but I own this no-wrinkle white shirt and it is a champ (with a favorable price tag of around $50):

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A short sleeve version from Boden that I just love:

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Slightly more casual looks from Banana Republic and C. Wonder, respectively:cn7337403 9700_3402_1

I really wish I could have them all.

Holiday Style

What are you wearing for Christmas? Do you dress up? Or can you stay in your PJs all day?

We’re a little bit of both.

For Christmas Eve, I’m going to wear this pink sweater with sequined elbow patches from Banana Republic:

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Images from Wearwhatwhere.com

I had to pull these images from the web since the sweater isn’t on the BR site any more. I just bought it a few weeks ago, but it may have sold out.

I wish I would have bought this to pair with it:

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Banana Republic Regency Necklace

But I didn’t, so I’m going to wear an old Kate Spade statement necklace that I bought for a friend’s wedding 2 years ago:

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Kate Spade Necklace

I can get away with jeans for Christmas Eve and these Tory Burch flats.

Gift opening on Christmas morning is casual but not sloppy:

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These are both PJ Salvage from 6PM.com.

The rest of Christmas Day involves a lot of to-and-fro-ing and a big family dinner that is supposed to be at 6 PM but inevitably hits the table around 9-ish.

I’m going to wear black pants (these) with this sweater in black, this Lulu Frost necklace and these new Rag & Bone boots, which are insanely comfortable if you size up by a half.

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Lulu Frost Big Bang Necklace

Lulu Frost Big Bang Necklace

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Fingers crossed for no wardrobe malfunctions and minimal family drama. Ho ho ho!