The classic white shirt is a wardrobe staple that every man should own. Timeless and versatile, it’s the ultimate go-to piece of clothing for any season or occasion. As a mens stylist I love showing my clients how simple, chic and easy a white shirt can be.
Whether it’s a business meeting, date night, formal event or an afternoon at the pub, regardless of the occasion, the classic white shirt will never go out of style.
There are many ways to wear a white shirt; there are also a few styles and fabrics to choose from! If you already have one in your closet, then you’re on your way to perfecting this all-season look. Here are 4 ways to wear your white shirt, to help you make the most of this diverse and classic item on your wardrobe.
The formal or business look
If you’re attending a formal event the white dress shirt goes perfectly with a suit, of any colour. You can leave the colour to your accessories like a statement tie or pocket square when you choose a white shirt. If you’re a corporate man, a white shirt looks great with a navy or grey suit and will keep your professional look smart and polished.
For a more casual business look, team a white shirt with a blazer and chinos or jeans. A classic button down collar – what we refer to as an Oxford shirt – is perfect for a business casual look.
The casual look
For a stylish and comfortable casual look, perhaps you should consider a white linen shirt? It’s a bit more relaxed on the body, working perfectly back with jeans, chinos and shorts. Keep the look casual with a pair of loafers or sneakers and roll the sleeves to your elbow for an even more relaxed look.
Another great way to style a white linen shirt is unbuttoned, over a white t-shirt with chinos or shorts. Add your Birkenstocks and you’ve got a great, summer look.
The smart casual look
For many men it’s often hard to find the middle ground between business and casual wear. The white shirt allows you to effortlessly find this balance. For a smart casual look, wear your white shirt tucked in to a pair of smart trousers like a slim leg chino and top it off with a great sports jacket. If you’re feeling bold, go for a patterned trouser or a statement colour pant or jacket. The white shirt is like the glue – it will hold the entire outfit together, whether you keep things simple or outrageous!
The men’s white shirt is truly diverse, and is a great investment for your wardrobe. Pair it with jeans for a more downplayed look, or with trousers for a more formal look. You can pair it with loafers or brogues to heighten a formal ensemble or with trainers or sandals to add to a casual outfit. There are truly countless ways you can wear a white shirt! One final word of advice: make sure your white shirt fits you perfectly. There’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting shirt!
Should you require any more help with dressing for your shape, get in touch with us at Styled by Sally to discuss our Personal Stylist Melbourne styling services, including virtual styling.
Here is some more white shirt style inspiration!