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The ever-elusive White Shirt
posted by Colleen Shirazi on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 9:05 PM (Pacific)

white sweater
This one's pretty nice, actually

Been doing some "recession-ista" shopping lately, culling items from the amazing sales out there.

I should say I've been through recessions before. The minute you wish to tighten your belt, the sales become fantastic. It does make sense: people aren't buying, so stores have to recover at least some of their money. I've concluded it's probably the best time to go shopping--but not for frivolous items. Rather, buy higher quality items than you'd normally buy. The prices for these now are the same as, or lower than, the prices for crap.

Since returning to the 9-to-5 culture, after nine years of being a stay at home mom and working as a contractor, I've found myself in a rather continuous search for White Shirts.

By this I don't mean the feminine equivalent of a men's White Shirt. There has been a trend of women trying to create a female version of men's clothes. I'm not knocking it...there are reasons for the development of men's business attire in the first place. Shouldn't women's business wardrobes follow the same reasons?

Yet there's a part of me that wishes women didn't have to present themselves as "men lite" in order to succeed. Women have power, independent of the traditional "man's world" of work, and perhaps it's best we hold on to that power. Both men and women gravitate towards women, in almost any given social situation, which is why women are often better in marketing and sales positions. If we dress a bit too much like men, will it appear we see them as the great role models? If we dress like ourselves, we become our own role models. Maybe men should dress like us. lol

Oh yeah, back to the shirts. I've seen some horrible white shirts out there. And some okay ones. Precious few magnificent White Shirts. Why is that? It's usually much easier to find a nice non-white Shirt.

I'm tempted to believe the White Shirts get scooped up first, but in all likelihood, there's a gap between what the customer wants to buy, and what the customer wants to see. It's always lovely to see lots of color choices in the shop. But in reality, I own a very limited range of shirt colors, and it's the white and off-white ones that get worn first.


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