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The Fashion Memo

10 of the best white shirts

Reliable, versatile and your sartorial saving grace…

Featuring: Christopher Kane, Rejina Pyo, Chloé FW18

The 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. French labels Chloé and Jacquemus consistently nail exquisitely sexy shapes; Christopher Kane, Rejina Pyo and Jil Sander offer slightly off-kilter classics; and Joseph is the go-to for the perfect silky 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 bra. You can even try it as part of this season’s cycling shorts/blazer look. Whatever the time of year, this white staple is evergreen.


  • Khaite
    Rebecca cotton-poplin shirt
    Kerry cotton-blend poplin top
  • Jil Sander
    Asymmetric satin shirt
  • Joseph
    Rem cotton-poplin shirt

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