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The Fashion Memo

5 ways to wear a white shirt

When it comes to closet staples, few are more quintessential than a crisp white shirt. This enduring piece has been a cornerstone of women’s closets for decades, thanks to its styling potential and ability to smarten up casual items. Find the perfect fit and this stalwart is guaranteed to become one of the most reliable and cherished pieces in your closet. By MEGAN LOGUE

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Left to right: Tine Andrea, Elizabeth von der Goltz, Tamu McPherson

CLASSIC

Pay homage to style icon and white-shirt champion Katharine Hepburn by incorporating a timeless design into your closet. Layered over a simple tank top, a voluminous piece by Totême looks faultless – particularly when paired with tapered pants in a classic camel hue. Button it up for days spent WFH, or leave it open for a polished take on summer dressing. The clean lines and simplicity of this look is what makes it so appealing, so keep accessories to a minimum. A gold chain-link watch from Cartier makes for the perfect finishing touch.

Zoe Thaets

OFF DUTY

We might be spending more time at home than ever before, but that’s no reason to let your sartorial standards slip. The key is to invest in beautiful staples that are easy to style and work for all manner of occasions. Enter Bite Studios’ oversized shirt. Crafted from sustainable cotton, with a natural crinkle, it’s directional and boasts infinite style mileage. Tap into this season’s ’90s trend by pairing yours with Slvrlake’s straight-leg jeans, box-fresh sneakers and Loren Stewart’s mini hoop earrings. The result? An enviable yet easy look that will make trips to the supermarket infinitely more chic.

COVER-UP

It may have a sacrosanct place in your corporate closet, but a crisp shirt is also a vacation essential. Take Emma Willis’ loose-fit linen style – a fail-safe choice if you’re on the hunt for a cooler, more contemporary take on a traditional cover-up. Simply shrug it on over Fendi’s floral swimsuit and ATP Atelier’s minimal leather sandals for a chic summer ensemble that works just as well for sunbathing in the garden as it does for strolling along a beach. Of course, a luxe basket bag is non-negotiable, and Loewe’s embellished designs have been spotted swinging from every fashion insider’s arm this season.

COLOR POP

Ultimately, the allure of a great white shirt comes down to its versatility; it is the sartorial equivalent of a blank canvas, making it the perfect accompaniment to vibrant colors. Joseph’s form-fitting crisp shirt will elevate everything it’s paired with, including Gabriela Hearst’s statement burnt-orange pants. Their high-waisted, wide-leg cut makes them super-flattering by cinching the waist and lengthening the legs. For added impact, finish with Bottega Veneta’s square-toed sandals.

Nina Sandbech

SHORT AND SWEET

Experimenting with texture is a dependable way to breathe new life into tried-and-tested combinations – which is just one of the reasons that Tibi’s sumptuous satin blouse would make a welcome addition to your summer look. Refined yet relaxed, the fluid cut makes it incredibly easy to wear. Master the art of hi/lo dressing by styling it with Agolde’s long-line denim shorts and some choice accessories. Chain jewels remain one of the season’s biggest trends, and Paco Rabanne’s super-size designs are sure to turn heads, while Gabriela Hearst continues to prove that she has the Midas touch when it comes to handbags – her new Baez bag has cult status guaranteed.

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