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5 fresh 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

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L-R: Tine Andrea, Mathilde Goehler, Zaina Gohou

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 slim-fitting piece by Saint Laurent 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 are what make it so appealing, so keep accessories to a minimum. A gold chain-link watch from Cartier makes for the perfect finishing touch.

Aaliyah Hydes (wearing white shirt with black pants and boots) and Zoe Thaets (wearing sneakers)

OFF-DUTY

We might be spending more time at home than ever before, but it doesn’t mean your sartorial standards have to slip if fashion makes you happy. The key is to invest in beautiful staples that are easy to style and work for all manner of occasions. Enter Alexander McQueen’s voluminous shirt. Crafted from a crisp cotton poplin, with a billowing, asymmetric hemline, it is directional and boasts infinite style mileage. Tap into this season’s ’90s trend by pairing yours with Agolde’s high-rise straight-leg jeans, box-fresh sneakers and Anita Ko’s mini hoop earrings. The result? An enviable yet easy look that will make off-duty days feel all the more polished.

COVER-UP

It may have a sacrosanct place in your corporate closet, but a crisp shirt is also a vacation essential. Take Zimmermann’s delicate broderie anglaise design – 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 Eres’s one-shoulder swimsuit and Manolo Blahnik’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 a non-negotiable, and Saint Laurent’s woven tote is just the ticket for packing all your essentials in 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. Saint Laurent’s silken shirt with oversized collar will elevate everything it’s paired with, including De La Vali’s statement butter-yellow pants. Their high-waisted, wide-leg cut makes them super-flattering by cinching the waist and lengthening the legs. For added impact, finish with Christian Louboutin’s spindly stilettos and statement sunglasses from Celine.

Emili Sindlev (in yellow shorts) and Nina Sandbech (blue pants)

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 Cecilie Bahnsen’s peplum-frilled 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 high/low dressing by styling it with Nili Lotan’s long-line denim shorts and some choice accessories. Chain jewels remain one of the season’s biggest trends, and Chloé’s super-sized designs are sure to turn heads, while Bottega Veneta’s Daniel Lee continues to prove that he has the Midas touch when it comes to handbags – his roomy ‘Beak’ bag, with a supple, architectural silhouette, has cult status guaranteed.

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