There’s White Shirts, And Then There’s White Shirts

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Every wardrobe needs a few cult classics, and there’s none more versatile than the perfect white shirt and it's casual version, the white t-shirt. Crisp and cotton or soft and silk, here’s how to style this perennial item for every occasion – take note.

Banish those ‘nothing to wear moments’ and master your workwear wardrobe with a fitted white shirt. Perfectly paired with a tailored black trouser or pencil skirt, wear it tucked in but leave the first couple of buttons undone for a less corporate look. Earn style points by nipping it in at the waist with a belt and complete the look with a checked blazer – roll your cuffs up over your sleeves for a touch of nonchalant cool. Add a pair of pointed kitten heels or courts and you’re ready to start your commute in style!

For off-duty, you can’t beat the iconic pairing of great-fitting denim and a sleek white shirt. Opt for loose silhouettes and relaxed fabrics for a casual vibe – roll up your cuffs, and let a few buttons remain undone. Layering is also a great way to create multiple looks that work from brunch with the girls to shopping in the city. Whether you throw it over a classic Breton tee or knot it at the waist with a cami underneath, the white shirt will lend a dose of French girl cool to your weekend line-up.

There’s a reason why the classic white Oxford shirt and suit combination has become failsafe office attire; it looks effortlessly put together and never dates. Getting the right fit is key – the shoulder seam should sit at the edge of your shoulder and when buttoned up, you should be able to fit two fingers between your neck and collar. Look to slim fit cuts to keep it feeling modern and pair with a navy, black or grey suit – textured tie will add just the right amount of detail.

When it comes to the weekend, look to soft, button-down collars and relaxed fabrics like linen for a laid-back vibe. Undo the first few buttons and team with vintage-washed straight leg jeans, a heritage check blazer and desert boots for a cool take on casual that will work for all your weekend plans – whether you’re going for walks in the park or drinks in the pub. Feeling the sporty vibe? A white grandad collar shirt will create a clean, contemporary silhouette that provides the perfect base; team it with fitted black joggers, a structured bomber jacket and fresh white trainers to complete the look.

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