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Ten Ways to Style a White Shirt

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A model showing how to style a white shirt

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I’d argue that nothing is easier to wear than a white button-down shirt. Classic, versatile, simple, fitted, oversized, buttoned to the neck or wrapped around the waist, paired with vintage jeans or a Gucci skirt — there’s really no wrong way to work the staple into your wardrobe. For kicks, we picked two that are under $100 and styled them in ten different ways.


A model showing how to style a white shirt

Tuck it into a formal skirt — belt optional — for a weekday that ends in dinner or drinks.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), Topshop skirt ($100), Aquazzura shoes ($565), Iro belt ($160).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Want to embrace the seemingly-here-to-stay crop top trend without spending every morning at Pilates? Throw your blouse underneath.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), & Other Stories leather top ($145), Won Hundred jeans ($225), Fallon necklace ($310), Dear Frances shoes ($550).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Twisted and tied, a styling move as classic as the shirt itself.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), Zara skirt ($39.90), Fallon earrings ($175).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Turn your favorite party dress work-appropriate by pulling it over a starched top.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), Topshop dress ($110), Aquazzura shoes ($750).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Done investing in off-the-shoulder tops? Or didn’t fall for the trend in the first place? Good for you. Give it a go with something you already having in your closet: A white shirt.

Brooks Brothers shirt ($98), Tibi pants ($1,195), Dear Frances shoes ($550).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Grab something leather — vest, jacket, pants — to toughen up the preppy staple.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), Iro leather vest ($1,275), Acne skirt ($420), Colette Malouf choker ($168).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

No but really, you can layer anything on top.

Brooks Brothers shirt ($98), & Other Stories pants ($85), Rosetta Getty top ($880).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

Pair it with the only thing as classic as the shirt itself: jeans.

& Other Stories shirt ($85), Current/Elliott jeans ($238), Sigerson Morrison boots ($795), Rockins scarf ($195).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

You’ll need an oversized shirt for this version, but instead of buttoning up the front, just wrap it around and tie the ends in a knot in the back.

Brooks Brothers shirt ($98), Won Hundred skirt ($270).

A model showing how to style a white shirt

If you’ve made it this far and are feeling really advanced, try taking off an arm for a big night out. (An arm of the shirt, obviously.) Shift the whole thing to one side with the extra arm pulling down against your back, and wrap it around your waist. Ta-da!

Protagonist shirt ($440), Wilfred pants ($145), Sigerson Morrison shoes ($450).

Visuals director: Brenda Milis. Producer: Caitlin Brown. Director of photography: Sigurd Widenfalk. Assistant to DP: Mark Sherman. Editor: Alex Yakacki. Motion designer: Dee Mackey. Stylist: Connie Berg. Assistant stylist: Sophie Vigile. Makeup artist: Rika Shimada. Grip: Anthony Leslie.