WHY YOU NEED A WHITE SHIRT

It doesn’t get more classic than a crisp white shirt, and the outfit options go way beyond the office. Here’s how the most stylish women make theirs work hard…

A WHITE SHIRT: DRESSES UP JEANS

When you want the comfort and ease of your favourite jeans but need to look a little more put together, it’s time to grab your white shirt. Tucking it in adds extra polish, while rolling the sleeves ups the cool factor. Think sleek when it comes to accessories – sharp courts, edgy mules and luxe arm candy.

A WHITE SHIRT: DRESSES DOWN GLAM PIECES

The day-to-night boundaries have blurred over the past few seasons, meaning it’s now OK to wear your glam pieces before dark. But we get that a full-on sequin frock might make you feel a tad overdressed for brunch with your friends and that’s where a white shirt comes in. Wearing embellished or metallic pieces with relaxed white cotton instantly tones them down a notch (rolled sleeves and undone buttons help too) meaning you get maximum wear out of the ‘dressy’ section of your wardrobe. We’d call that a win-win situation.

A WHITE SHIRT: LOOKS GREAT WITH LEATHER

We don’t know if it’s the combination of textures or the chic monochrome colour palette, but this combo just really works. The white shirt makes leather pieces work-friendly, but the slick feel of this pairing means it’s perfect for dinner, drinks or a date too. The perfect blank canvas for brilliant accessories, try adding a statement necklace, chandelier earrings or head-turning heels.

A WHITE SHIRT: WORKS WITH ANY SKIRT

Midi, A-line, pencil… It’s official: there’s not a skirt around that a white shirt doesn’t look good tucked in to. Prints, bright colours and luxe textures – think lace and brocade – keeping things simple on top gives you a free pass to go all-out with your skirt choice. Heels are a must with midi and pencil styles, but skate shoes look great with shorter a-lines.

A WHITE SHIRT: IS GREAT FOR LAYERING

Layering is a trick all stylish women rely on to create a killer outfit, and a white shirt is the ultimate layering piece. Not only does it add a little extra oomph to a simple block colour dress – case in point Eleonora Carisi – it’ll make sleeveless frocks and jumpsuits work year-round. Be sure to keep shirts close-fitting for this one to avoid creating a bulky silhouette.

A WHITE SHIRT: CAN BE STYLED UP

OK, so this might be one for the fashion brave among you, but you can’t deny it looks cool. Fashionistas have been getting creative with the way they wear their shirts, from knotting them at the waist to wearing them back to front. If you’re feeling adventurous, the trick to making a back to front shirt work in real life is to team it with simple jeans. As for the knot front, it looks great with high-waisted skirts and tailored culottes. Your ultimate accessory for this one? Attitude. Go on, give it a go...