Julia Roberts caught our attention in Pretty Woman with an oversized white button-down shirt paired with a mini skirt and Jennifer Grey gave us a major fashion moment in Dirty Dancing in a tied-up white shirt with rolled-up sleeves. From Frida Kahlo in 1948 to Meghan Markle in 2019, if there’s one outfit that even the most legendary stars can’t get enough of, it is the crisp white shirt. The simplicity, versatility and timelessness of this wardrobe essential make it a foolproof option on days when we can’t decide what to wear. You see, there’s a reason why Elizabeth Taylor once said that every woman should have a great white shirt in her wardrobe!
Thankfully, there are a million ways in which you can wear a basic white shirt without turning to your favourite pair of denim every time. With a little creativity and fashion inspiration, it is easy to turn a plain and boring shirt into an Insta-worthy outfit idea. Read on to find out how to style a white shirt for date night, work and casual brunch.
Though we advocate wearing this white shirt fashion staple throughout the year, it becomes more necessary than ever in the summer. The cool and relaxed tone of a white shirt makes it perfect for the hotter months. Here’s how you can wear a white shirt in summer:
Beat the heat by pairing your white shirt with a pair of denim shorts. Roll up the sleeves till the elbow and put on chunky earrings.
Make a statement with a white silk shirt paired with a leopard wrap skirt. Complete the look by slipping into a pair of heels and a stylish clutch.
Add a summery twist to your crop top by throwing an oversized white shirt over it. Pair this combination with high-waisted trousers or denim. All hail the monochrome ensemble!
Wearing white is perhaps the easiest way to look unapologetically fresh during the winter months. There are countless ways to include this timeless fashion piece in your winter wardrobe. Here are some of the most stunning ones:
Wear an oversized white shirt with black leggings for a daytime outing. Finish the look with a pair of brogues and some accessories for a polished yet playful look.
Wondering how to wear that leather skirt that hasn’t seen sunlight for years now? With a crisp white shirt, it is easy to style this wardrobe staple effortlessly. Tuck in the shirt and wear a pair of black stockings with it to look work-appropriate.
Go the Meghan Markle way and wear your white shirt with a long blazer. You can either tuck the shirt in or let it fall over your hips for a cooler take on the 9-to-5 ensemble. Roll up the sleeves of the blazer just like the Duchess of Sussex does.
The basic white shirt can be something you can wear almost every day to work and nobody would even realise that you are repeating it. This is because there are endless ways to style this wardrobe staple. Check out a few here:
A white shirt-black trouser outfit doesn’t have to be boring and dull. Complete the outfit with statement jewellery, a neutral bag and coloured shoes to make the ensemble look flattering.
Pantsuits are all the rage right now. Whether it’s a colour block pantsuit or a monochrome one, wear your classic white shirt outfit with this pantsuit and you are work-ready.
All style points to this outfit for it works just as well for the office as it does for a date night. Finish the look with a red pout and bright coloured stilettos.
Wear a ruffled long-sleeved white shirt with beige trousers for a stylish work look. From client meetings, and office lunches to presentations, this is the perfect outfit that can be worn to work. Finish the look with minimal jewellery.
Dresses are so cliche, play around with your date-night outfit by adding the classic white shirt to your wardrobe. Here are a few ideas to try:
Slip dresses are great for summers and when you team one with a white shirt, you add a twist to this classic outfit. Wear your shirt over your slip dress and tie at the front for a romantic rendezvous. Or you can even wear it under the dress if you’re not comfortable showing too much skin.
Tuck your crisp white button-down into your pleated metallic skirt. Pair with your statement heels and large hoops. Carry an embellished clutch and you are ready for the date night.
The white shirt that looks polished for an official meeting can also look playful and casual if you know how to style it right.
Skorts are the summer staple that are great for casual dressing but can also be worn as a dressier alternative. Match your white shirt with a pair of summer skorts. Tuck the shirt in and let the sleeves fall on the wrist to create a balance for the bare legs.
From Deepika to Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, the white shirt and denim style is a celebrity favourite, probably because it is effortless and looks chic. Pair it with ankle boots and a leather tote for a polished touch to the outfit.
To create a tall and lean silhouette, tuck your shirt into a long maxi skirt. Pair it with your favourite sneakers and add a pop of colour with your favourite accessories.
Here’s some style inspiration on how to wear a classic white shirt:
For most of us, this combination seems like the best idea. It looks comfortable yet so classy. Ragini loves to wear easy fitted shirts with leggings and slip-ons. She added that dash of sparkle to this monochrome outfit by wearing a gorgeous embellished necklace!
Priyanka looks breezy and sharp at the same time in this ensemble that she’s put together! Her attitude seems carefree in those distressed denims, the pop coloured satchel and those reflectors! To balance out the look, she’s wearing a printed blazer, an elegant watch and those block heels! We’d surely love to try this look just as it is!
Simar loves wearing whites, and as seen here, she’s paired up her crisp white shirt with high waisted buttoned denim skirt and those vintage boots with fringes! She defines this retro look with simple silver hoop earrings! All those tiny details make us nostalgic and definitely teach us a thing or two about 70's fashion!
Avisha loves mixing different styles to create some amazing new looks! Here, she’s wearing a white shirt with a fitted denim skirt. The highlight of this outfit are those bold striped socks that she matched with the white block heels and bag.
Girls, take a cue from Anushree who shows us just how to reform your standard look for the office with some simple tweaks. A pleated skirt with those sexy black pointed wedges! That's how you make a statement without going overboard.
Apurva wore a white shirt with a skort (skirt+shorts) on a day out with friends. She adorned her hair with a printed hairband and styled the look with a fringe detailed bag. We also love that she kept the look simple and perfect for summers.
Isn't it amazing how you can style a basic white shirt in more ways than one? So, add this style staple to your wardrobe right away!
Love all things colourful and cute? Take it up a POP with POPxo Shop’s collection of super fun mugs, phone covers, cushions, laptop sleeves and more!