Are You up to "The Challenge of the Classic White Shirt?"

If you've visited the Campbell & Kate Facebook page, then you've already seen my link to this article by Maggie Alderson in The Brisbane Times.  Since reading it, I've been mulling over her statement that 

[t]here is also a uniform connotation to the plain white shirt, which can be dodgily sexy in a Britney Spears way on a young woman but the opposite on an older one. She was 18 when she made that ghastly video [Baby One More Time]. Add 20 years and that shirt would make her look like a parking attendant.

Some women do look like parking attendants in plain white shirts.  For example, this woman that I photographed on the subway yesterday:

Captain America and the Mysterious Bra Size

I really enjoyed Captain America last Saturday night, and there's been a lot of press about Chris Evans' chest.  It transforms from "scrawny to brawny" in a matter of seconds.

However, I was more interested in the chest of his co-worker, Hayley Atwell.  In one scene, she looks stunningly voluptuous in a red dress by costume designer Anna Sheppard (see below).  So when she showed up in this white shirt in the next scene, I had two questions: (1) what is Atwell's bra size, and (2) how is her shirt not gaping?

The answer to question 2 is clear from this photo.  Sheppard put gathers along each shoulder to supply enough volume for Atwell's bust, and she cinched it at the waist with darts.  The answer to question 1 is less clear.

Anything B Cups Can Do, D Cups Can Do Better: True or False?

A couple of days ago, I wrote on Hourglassy about my Affinitas Parfait cami discovery.  Since I have always loved the corset look, this lingerie-as-outerwear option in 30D-H through 40D-H had me super excited. 

A Twitter conversation with one of my readers followed.  She asked,  "But would you actually wear it as outerwear? It still looks too much like a bra to me."

My answer:  "Under a jacket def. I'd have to see it on to know if I'd wear alone w/ a skirt."

Her response:  "Hmmm. It's the seaming in the cups that holds me back."

Me:  "Perhaps also the obvious underwires . . . ."

Her:  "Maybe no other way to get support in satin, but I haven't seen B cups wearing something like this."

Which of course got me thinking:  Can a large busted woman expect to be able to wear everything that a smaller busted woman wears?

There's Nothing Like a Classic White Shirt

A lot of women tell me, "I've given up on button downs.  I just can't get them to work."  I understand because that used to be me.  At one point, I thought I'd found the perfect solution in knit shells from a certain manufacturer, so I populated my wardrobe with every color they offered. 

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