How To Rock Perfomance White Shirts This Fall
Happy Tuesday, ladies. A classic white shirt isn’t a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, but it’s always been a favorite in mine. It’s one of my default looks that I feel confident wearing for most occasions. For our Monthly Over 50 Style Edit, Cindy and I are sharing our ideas for how to rock a white shirt, and I decided to dig into how to style performance white shirts.
If you ever wondered what to wear with a performance white shirt…the answer is anything you like. Oversized ones even double as a bathing suit coverup in the summer and as a light jacket in the fall.
I prefer my white shirts to be non-iron because they travel well and just look crisper. This month I’m experimenting with some performance fabric white shirts because they marry form and function. They’re designed to keep the wearer comfortable, perform better than other fabrics, and look great doing it. Athleta is well known for its performance fabrics, and its styles aren’t just for athletics.
A classic shape is great, but a white shirt with unique detailing is always a plus in my wardrobe. I’ve had my eye on this white pleated back top from Altheta for quite some time and finally decided to give it a try. Wowza, do I love it!
This shirt makes quite a statement, it’s super comfy, and it’s perfect for travel. It’s made from a breathable fabric that has UPF (sun protection factor) 50 and is also water-repellant! It runs large, so I sized it down to an XS, and I think I could have also worn the small. It also comes in teal or black. I ordered the teal, but it went right back because it didn’t have the pizazz of this white.
It pairs well with slim jeans and pants or leggings. The back covers (your assets) everything, but the front isn’t quite as long…depending on your height, so choose accordingly. I love the sporty half zip, and the crisp fabric allows the collar to stand up nicely. I’m wearing it with my Banana Republic straight-leg jeans that are currently 40% off and my favorite Paul Green platform sneakers that are beyond comfortable.
While I was at it, I decided to try this oversized poplin shirt. It’s also made from a performance fabric with UPF 50+ for excellent sun protection, is breathable, and is water-repellant, all while being made from recycled polyester sourced from post-consumer plastic bottles. This is oversized, so I ordered the XS and, again, could have probably worn the small too. Size isn’t that important in an oversized shirt, so I’d rather have more room than less.
This shirt will be a real chameleon in my wardrobe that I can style in multiple ways. Here I’m wearing it tied at the waist with my Maeve faux leather crops. I’m really glad I got these pants because they’re super comfy. My boots are ancient from Eileen Fisher, similar here.
My white shirt collection is pretty large, but there’s always room for unique ones. Oxyclean is helpful for keeping the whites clean, but honestly, nothing works quite as well as Mrs. Stuart’s bluing. Just remember to dilute before using, or it will turn your shirts blue…ask me how I know:)
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