There are few wardrobe essentials that we lean on more than the white shirt. It’s the real deal—a true wear-anywhere closet staple that looks just as good with your work trousers as it does with your weekend denim.
Whether yours is made from crisp cotton or soft silk, the tailored shape of a button-down makes any outfit feel instantly elegant. You can pair it with trousers and a blazer and head into work. You can tuck it into jeans, slip on sneakers, and go about tackling your weekend to-do list. Tie it up, cuff the sleeves—no matter your preferred styling or the time of year, you really can’t go wrong with a white shirt. So ahead, we’re breaking down nine foolproof outfits centered around this beloved fashion item. Read on for ideas on how to wear a white shirt for work, date night, or weekend.
Button up a crisp white button-down all the way up and tuck it into a pleated midi skirt. Slip into a pair of heeled boots to stay chic and comfortable all day long.
Roll up the sleeves of a blazer and let those of your white-button down hang longer for a cooler take on this 9-to-5 formula.
On casual Fridays, when you can break out the short suit, your trusty white button-down will always look good.
For a Date
Take the classic blouse-and-trouser work formula straight into date night by playing around with the neckline. Pull the top up and open it up around the shoulders, to show a little bit more skin in that area.
Go the Meghan Markle route and style a white shirt underneath a blazer dress for a look that’s polished but playful.
Flared-leg leather trousers add a touch of rock-and-roll to a structured blouse.
For the Weekend
For daytime, pair an oversized white blouse with long black leggings. Play up the look with polished accessories, like a beret and brogues.
If you have evening plans, find a white shirt that’s cropped or has some sort of cinched-waist detail, to wear with skinny-fit jeans.
When in doubt, go for the tried-and-true blue denim and white cotton shirt. Style the look with everything from flats to statement heels, depending on where you’re headed.