The white shirt is a wardrobe foundation for every woman, man and child. As an ingredient of many uniforms and board room assemblies, it is no wonder some fashion enthusiasts avoid it like the plague in fear of being – god forbid – too dull.
Well, have I got news for you my dear fashionistas! Wearing a white shirt does not automatically make your outfit a yawn as long as you style it right – which is where I hope this piece of attempted style wisdom will come to your rescue!
SHINE BRIGHT IN ALL WHITE
Dare I say this one might be the most daring outfit of all. Not because it is particularly revealing – it’s the colour that makes it risqué. To be completely frank, I would admire anyone with guts to wear it as I am sure I would not keep it all white for long. That is exactly why this beyond simple combination is so effective. When was the last time you have seen anyone dressed in head-to-toe white without getting a new last name that day? If standing out is your thing, this combo is your golden ticket.
Pictured: Sheer Shirt and Level Up High Waisted Pants.
PLAY WITH THE STYLE
If a fitted button-up is something that does not take your fancy, opting for a looser fit blouse might be just what the style doc ordered. Choosing different materials, textures and patterns is also a good way to play up your fashion identity, and added poofs and frills are always there as an option if you are after something a lil’ more extra.
Pictured: Legacy Vintage Style Blouse with Verona Pleated Vinyl Skirt
BACK IT UP WITH BLACK
Oh yes, please dare to wear it! White shirt with black trousers is the ultimate menswear inspired outfit that looks chic and fabulous, regardless of the number of uniforms across the world displaying the look. The key is, however, to make it unique and accentuate your own style through the shape, cut or accessories you decided to style the outfit with. Rocking it with confidence, as well, of course!
Pictured: Tied Up Blouse with High Value Cropped Pants
BRING ON THE SPLASH OF COLOUR
If bright colours are your fashion MO, a white shirt might be a lifesaver when you don’t want to give up colours but want to avoid the clashing. White is mighty when it comes to taming even the brightest of hues, yet it doesn’t have that subduing effect of black – it kind of makes the colours pop even more. Because living in full colour is what life is all about!
Pictured: Long Island Shirt and Iman Pleated Skirt
MAKE IT NICE AND NEUTRAL
Whites and brownish hues actually go together like bread and butter – which any prim and polished lady would be happy to confirm. This colour combination is guilty of providing that certain elegant je ne sais quoi, even when embodied in less than preppy styles and shapes. It is a perfect choice for when you have a job interview, as it looks very crisp yet put-together (and will make you look like you actually do have decades of work experience in your mid-twenties).
Pictured: Dali Dreaming Shirt and Harper Cropped Jeans