Design Hunter – The White Shirt

I’m really excited to announce that I’m going to be writing a monthly fashion column for Design Hunter. My series of posts will examine seasonal essentials, this month it’s the turn of the humble white shirt. There’s a snippet below, click on the image to read the whole shebang.

From relatively humble beginnings, the white shirt continues to be reinvented in different guises.

A brief history of the shirt: in its earliest form and rather blouse-like, records of shirts can be traced back to the 1700s. Jumping to the 19th Century, a white shirt became a symbol of wealth – as only those rich enough to not work (and therefore not mark their shirt) could wear one. In the early half of the 20th century, Coco Chanel shocked the world by discarding corsetry and designing loose shirts for women, which helped the piece make the transition to a highly fashionable item.

Design Hunter Bell & Smokey



  1. Congratulations on writing for Design Hunter, can’t wait to see what more you have to come – Emily x

    1. Thank you so much Emily – I can’t wait to write it! x

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