white shirt, wardrobe essential, styling, fashion trends

Owning a white shirt forms the basis of not only your wardrobe, but a multitude of outfits which you could create with this inexpensive item of clothing. Whatever style you’re going for, the white shirt can dress up an outfit, or keep it casual with the right accessories.

1. Jeans

Pair a crisp white shirt with almost any shade, wash and style of jeans for a look which is never out-dated. If the shirt-sleeves are long, feel free to roll them up the the elbow for a casual look, or keep them cuffed at the wrist for the evening. Slightly tuck your shirt into the front of your jeans for a chic way to take this look straight from day to night. A chunky watch is a must-have to complete this classic look.

2. Blazer

This one is for all the business women who constantly find themselves alternating between collared white shirts and blazer combinations. Keep it fresh by switching up your blazers; whether they are double breasted, boyfriend, bomber or even cropped at the waist. This will keep your outfit looking fresh, and will allow you to get more wear out of your clothes.

3. Leather jacket

Since it’s the beginning of winter, this is a perfect excuse to dust off your leather jacket and take it out to play. Pairing your leather (or pleather) jacket with a white shirt is an iconic look which is sure to keep you warm, whilst looking chic and put together at the same time. A classic pair of heels such as a nude or black pointed-toe is ideal for winter, and completes the entire look.

4. Skirts and shorts

Tucking your white shirt into shorts or a skirt can be quite a controversial look, mostly depending on the cut of the shirt itself, and the shape of the shorts/skirt. A fitted shirt works better if you plan to tuck it in, since it provides a slimline look which isn’t top-heavy. Perfect in the warmer months if you don’t want to overheat, but also works well if you plan to layer it up in the winter.

5. Coat

Now we’ve saved the best for last. Coats are fantastic winter accessories which keep you warm and cosy without looking too casual either. Embrace the pastel trend which is ‘in’ at the moment, and pair your white shirt with a baby blue or pink coat. Cigarette trousers are an amazing piece to complete the entire look, and a stacked heel is sure to keep your feet from feeling sore on a night out.

How do you wear your crisp white shirt?

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By Felicia Sapountzis