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Sunday, August 16, 2009

White Pages

What a drag. I can only use the computer and watch television for a few hours (read: two at most!) everyday because they trigger my tension headaches. Aside from catching up on sleep and making sure that I take my meds on schedule, it's a good thing I have bookshelves and magazine cabinets to go through to keep me sane (although I've also found it difficult to read for more than two hours straight, but anyway...)

I've archived my favorite magazines that I just couldn't let go of--mom's old copies of Vogue from the nineties, some of my own copies from 2006 onwards, Teen Vogue, as well as local mags Preview, Marie Claire Philippines and magazines I've written for, Girlfriend and Seventeen Philippines. These are the ones I managed to save from our big cleanup a few months ago, when I had a tower of magazines discarded!

US Vogue February 2007 cover

I love reading my back issues because, for one, it's interesting to see how fashion changes and gets reinvented through the years. As I was browsing through the February 2007 issue of American Vogue, though, what caught my eye was one of my favorite wardrobe staples that has definitely stood the test of time. I found white oxford shirts in three ads and one feature. That's right--all in one issue, and I've got the scans. See how you can work the classic button-down in four different ways, courtesy of Tiffany & Co., Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and Cate Blanchett:

Tiffany & Co. ad in US Vogue February 2007

Crisp, clean and sophisticated--perfect with a high-waist skirt for work, jeans for casual days or white shorts for weekends, among many other classy combinations.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue ad in US Vogue February 2007

Tie it up into a swimsuit cover-up. Don't be afraid to get it wet--it makes it look even hotter!

Ralph Lauren ad in US Vogue February 2007

Here's something that'll keep you warm in a chilly office or on cool days. Ralph Lauren does layering with a white oxford under a black sweater.

Talking Fashion feature in US Vogue February 2007

In this screenshot from the film Babel, Cate Blanchett roughs it up in a white shirt.

Dressed up or down, wet or dry, and on any day of the year, this piece works every time. That's why a girl can't have too many white button-downs!

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