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.
Thanks to the simplicity of the white shirt, you’ll never have a dinner dress dilemma. Emulate classic styling by pairing a structured silhouette with chinos or cotton trousers in light, neutral shades such as beige or grey, anchored with a darker jacket and brogues. For a sleeker look with an alternative edge, style a slim fit shirt buttoned up to the top with skinny dark denim and a leather jacket. Striking the right balance between smart and casual, Chelsea boots and silver jewellery will lend rock star vibes, while chunky lace-up boots will toughen it up.
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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