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20 of the best white shirts

Reliable, versatile and your sartorial saving grace…

Featuring: Caroline Daur, Elizabeth von der Goltz and Grace Elizabeth

The best white shirt – universally regarded as a wardrobe staple. While it might not seem groundbreaking at first glance, this trusty classic is unlikely to be banished to the back of the closet any time soon, remaining a fail-safe go-to for those days when you have “nothing to wear”.

But there are a few things to remember when adding to your collection of staples. First, find a point of difference – what is the shirt’s USP? Just because the color is identical doesn’t mean the style needs to be. Jacquemus consistently nails exquisitely sexy shapes; Loewe, Anna Quan and Chloé offer off-kilter classics; and Joseph is the go-to for the perfect crisp cotton number.

Making a classic feel fresh is also all about the styling. Wear yours with some androgynous pants and kitten heels, or with a skirt and sneakers. Button it up to the neck and add statement jewelry, or leave it slightly open revealing a peek of a lacy triangle bra. When the weather warms, and if your favorite is long enough, wear it solo as a dress with sandals. Whatever the time of year, this white staple is evergreen.



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