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5 Ways to Style a Classic White Shirt

The classic white shirt is a versatile garment that we guarantee will never go out of style. From the linen button-down style for men to a trendy silk version with ruffled sleeves for the ladies, we expect this staple to be in everyone’s wardrobe. Here are five different ways to style the classic white shirt for both women and men.

With denim

The white shirt and blue denim jeans combination is the one outfit that transcends culture, age or even social and economic status. From legendary American actor James Dean to Princess Diana, this pairing is appropriate and chic from the office to the race track. The beauty of this outfit pairing is that you can experiment with accessories. Team it with a lust-worthy Givenchy tote and strappy sandals for brunch or a pair of sneakers and a stole for the airport. Gentlemen, strap on a colorful Swatch watch and a pair of Converse sneakers for a youthful edge. For casual Fridays at the office, add a black belt and matching leather loafers.

With vibrant prints

Choose a vivid printed skirt or colorful trousers to team with your classic white shirt. Look for uncommon prints like an edgy animal print or a quirky print with light bulbs. Classic prints like florals and polka dots also work. The contrast is both fashion-forward and vivacious. Ladies, add some metallic gladiator sandals and oversized sunglasses for a summer picnic. Gentlemen, add a pair of funky blue loafers and a jaunty straw trilby hat for a fun look.

With black

Often known as the lawyer’s staple, black and white is also the most timeless of color pairings the world over. Made famous by French designer Coco Chanel with her black dresses with white detailing, a white shirt and a pair of black pants can take you effortlessly from the office to the pub and even to a funeral! Choose different textures to pair with your white shirt. Instead of cotton or denim trousers try out a pair of trendy leather pants. Choose a calf-length pleated skirt and a pair of high-heeled pumps in black and be ready for tea with the Queen.

With warm layers

Your white shirt and jeans are also perfect for sweater weather. Choose a V-necked sweater in a solid color like wine red or cobalt blue, add a pair of boots and you’re good to go for chilly autumn evenings and winter mornings. An alternative to the sweater is a black leather jacket. Those who opt for sustainable and animal-friendly fashion can add a navy blue or black blazer.

With a skirt

This style tip is for the ladies but sartorially speaking, it will be loved by everyone. From a leather mini-skirt to a metallic pleated skirt, all skirts look great when paired with a white shirt. You can fold up – not roll up – your sleeves for a casual look or tie the ends in front for a different look. For an ethnic take, team your white shirt with a crinkled silk skirt, add some statement silver earrings, bangles and a pair of kohlapuri flats.

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