The 'White Shirt' dilemma
'...and I LOVE the photos where girls are wearing a man's white button up.'
This is a statement I hear no less than 100% of the time when I am speaking with clients about the images and outfits they'd love to bring for their session. You know what? I agree! I bet you thought I'd say something like 'Ugh why do they have to be so cliche?'. No. I definitely agree. Why do I agree? I agree because though I don't know if her recipient loves the white button up, I know that SHE does. If she loves it and it makes her feel sexy and beautiful then I love it because I need my clients to feel sexy and beautiful.
So, the white shirt. Bring it! That isn't the dilemma that I'm talking about. The dilemma is the type of white shirt to bring. The man's white shirt-look is fabulous.. it's a staple that works every time (or so far it has!). The problem is that an ACTUAL men's white shirt is humongous on every woman. I mean, potato-sack-dressed-as-a-ghost-for-halloween huge. It's not my client's fault, maybe they are like me and only own leopard printed tops or sorority sweatshirts. When presented with a men's sized white shirt I have few tricks that involve tucking and cinching to make sure that the look is still achieved without the potato-ghost-sack look.
My recommendation? Bring in a women's white shirt to create the same look, but with a more feminine shape. Nothing with ruffles or sparkles that marks the shirt as clearly feminine, but something with a classic cut. The look is still achieved and it looks amazing! Not only will the recipient love the image, but you will too!
After all of that I will say that if you prefer the oversized look of the men's shirt then bring it in! I won't scoff at your choices and tell you what a horrible decision it was because it WASN'T a horrible decision. You will still look amazing.
Here are a couple of images to help show the difference in the looks.