Obviously I still CAN, in the sense of the fact I can put one on and do up the buttons etc... but these days it just makes me look and therefore feel shit!
A lovely crisp white shirt, usually man's-style, was the absolute staple of my wardrobe in my late 20s and 30s. I love minimalist style and it just worked with everything else I used to wear.
It's only now that I've realised I have 4 or 5 of them languishing in the wardrobe that I haven't worn for a good 5 years. I've put them on occasionally and then had a rapid re-think when I looked in the mirror!
They just drain me, whereas in the olden days (!) they used to frame my face really well.
I'm only bloody 41! Is there hope on the white shirt front? Anyone have any ways to get around this? I did try putting one with a lovely chunky turquoise necklace but that just looked like I knew the shirt made me look shit and was trying to brighten it up with a lovely chunky turquoise necklace.
In all honesty I don't think it's that, my skin is (honestly!) in pretty good condition, really rather glowy (thank you Emma Hardie face balm...) and I've recently had my greys faded out with a gloss that's FAR more flattering to my skin-tone than my old mouse colour.
Think maybe I do just need to up the makeup and I like the foundation suggestion above, thank you!!
Dozer - yes I agree. find your colour, and as I've got older I've realised that I do need to stick to the good colours for me and I can't get away with the ones that don't work. eg I can't wear grey ever at all, not even with a lovely necklace!
Dozer, ah, I am pancake-chested with HUGE shoulders so the collar aspect of a nice shirt always used to sort of break up my manly upper body a bit. T-shirts can make me look like a rugby player, which isn't a look a particularly favour...
Exactly the same here Jessicake - could have written your post ... .
Complexion thing + boobs too large nowadays (and I am too fat overall) so end up looking like a baker . I could cry because I have some lovely Thomas Punk double cuffed numbers hanging in the wardrobe which just gape at the front now
I also look better in a collar because of my poor posture. Have converted to the thin shaped jersey long-sleeved polo shirts from Esprit/Pure Collection as I find they are more forgiving across the chest.
Why don't you just switch to wearing shirts in a different colour? It sounds like it's the white bit rather than the shirt bit that isn't working just now. I'm wearing a soft shirt in grey/blue from Mint Velvet right now and it is an absolute wardrobe staple. Also a fan of navy shirts, and have various other colours.
I have never been able to wear white anything other than underwear, totally drains me and I am a grubby messy person so a bad idea. It saddens me that now i am older, I can't even wear the black I lived in when younger as it makes me look dead. i am all over grey, claret, green, purple and pink these days. Would love to find longish shirts that fit large boobs but are also nipped in at the waist (and in great colours/patterns) if anybody has any links.