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Women moved into men’s clos­ets sev­eral decades ago. It is be­lieved that some­time in 1919, Luisa Capetillo was the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in pub­lic. If trousers go the fem­i­nine way, then so must the shirt, since the duo is per­fect to­gether and can­not be too far apart.

So the shirt is now a sta­ple in ev­ery woman’s wardrobe, right from the crisp white long-sleeved ver­sion with the con­ven­tional two-piece col­lar, to the more stylised ones that have evolved over the years. How­ever in the 21st cen­tury there seems to be a very thin line be­tween the women’s shirts and the blouses, which are fussy, frothy and to­tally fem­i­nine.

What makes a shirt such a hot favourite is the fact that it can be dressed up or down depend­ing on the oc­ca­sion and the mood of the wearer.

So a sim­ple clas­sic shirt when teamed with a rich shim­mer­ing long skirt can be the per­fect choice for a for­mal evening. But the same shirt when teamed with jeans for a quick visit to the su­per­mar­ket makes it the ideal op­tion. It’s the ver­sa­til­ity and the im­age of a shirt that has pushed it up the fash­ion charts and turned it into an iconic gar­ment that will never go out of style.

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