The plain white shirt is one of the unsung heroes of the female wardrobe. Once you find your perfect fit, you will be amazed at how many outfits can be anchored around this simple staple.
Here are just ten of our favourite outfits for white shirts..
1. Tucked into blue jeans
Without a doubt, the most popular way to wear a plain white shirt. This all-American, girl-next-door ensemble suits just about everyone, and can be worn with boots, heels or flats – whatever the occasion requires.
2. Belted as a shirt-dress
Of her many memorable outfits, one iconic Carrie Bradshaw look is the plain white shirt, belted at the waist and worn with nothing but stilettos. It’s a look that exudes confidence and sexuality (especially since Carrie championed the look during the ‘walk of shame’). Choose a man’s shirt, extra-large, or nod to the look with a classic white shirtdress.
3. Over cigarette pants
With most pantsuits, shirts are tucked neatly into the trousers or skirt. But with cigarette pants, the rules are different. By mixing the propositions of the short trouser leg and the long shirt, you can create a cool new silhouette that is still appropriate for the office.
4. With a faux collar
Update any plain white shirt by changing up the neckline. This might mean adding a statement necklace or placing a bib necklace just under the collar. Alternatively, add collar tips to the edges for a unique take on a traditional neckline.
5. As a beach cover-up
Forget kaftans or kimonos, all the cool girls are wearing white shirts over their bikinis on the beach. Linen shirts are best for sandy, sunny weather, and the bigger the better! Accessorise with wedge heels or flipflops, and a wide-brimmed hat.
6. Under a pinafore dress
Pinafore dresses look great with a plain white shirt underneath. Just make sure your shirt is buttoned all the way to the top, and stick to an elegant monochrome palate.
7. With sweats and sneakers
A white shirt with white sneakers and slouchy sweatpants is a great ‘casual-but-not-too-casual’ look. Tuck the front of your shirt into the waistband of your sweats to add some shape.
8. Tied at the waist with a maxi-skirt
Rather than tucking your shirt into your skirt, leave the last few buttons undone and tie the ends together at the waistband. Think Grace Kelly with a 50s pin-up edge. This looks amazing on curvy women, as it accentuates a tiny waist.
9. Under a preppy sweater
This look has been popular for a while now, but the latest version pairs a longline white shirt with a thick knit jumper, and allows the hem of the shirt to peep out at the bottom.
10. Unbuttoned to reveal fancy underwear
This doesn’t need to be as racy as it sounds, but you do need to be brave to try it. Roll up your sleeves and unbutton your shirt until you are showing off a pretty cami, vest top or bustier underneath.