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Ten easy ways to make a white shirt look amazing

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No wardrobe is complete without the humble white shirt. One of the most versatile pieces you can own, this fashion staple can be styled down for day, up for night, and a myriad of ways in between.

You can button a white shirt up to the collar for a smart look or leave the first few buttons undone for more casual days. You can tuck it in or leave it loose, or even do half and half, depending on your mood. Essentially, the white shirt is a game changer.

If you're looking for ideas on how to switch up your styling or want to breathe life into a faithful old white shirt, head this way to seek inspiration from the celebrities. It's like having a stylist, but free!

1. Brighten up with bold prints

Liven up your white shirt ensemble with a bold pattern or print. Lively prints are big news for Spring/Summer 2015 so this is an easy way to work the trend. Be as daring as you like - nothing clashes with a white shirt.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos

2. Artful layers

White shirts were practically made for layering. Whether you style one under a jumper for colder days or use it to smarten up a strappy dress or jumpsuit, you can't go wrong. 

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio

Mamie Gummer

Mamie Gummer

3. Make it monochrome

Let your shirt do the talking by keeping it simple in a monochrome outfit. Go for black or dark navy bottoms and accessories to accompany a crisp white shirt.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

4. Add a neck bow

Matilda Dahl, a Creative/Art Director from New York, wore the same white shirt every day for three years as part of a work uniform. She often accessorised her outfit with a black bow tied at the neck of her white shirt to keep it interesting and on days when you need a bit of sass, we recommend doing the same.

Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi

5. Pair with denim

White shirts and denim go hand in hand. Tuck your favourite white shirt into a pair of jeans or a denim skirt for an instantly cool look. Go for this season's flared denim jeans or a lighter bleached look for the summer months.

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

6. Add a statement necklace

Add instant interest to a white shirt with a bold statement necklace. Try either a collar necklace or a pendant on a long chain.
Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

7. Smarten up with a tailored jacket

A white shirt can be dressed up or down depending on how you pair it. For smarter days, wear your shirt under a tailored jacket or coat jacket of your choice.

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

8. Keep it neutral with bold accessories

If you want your statement accessories, such as a bright pair of shoes or a leopard print bag, to pop, you need to keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Pair your white shirt with whites, creams or pale pinks to let your accessories take centre stage.

Tali Lennox

Tali Lennox

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

9. Tuck it into a high waisted skirt

A white shirt balances out a high waisted skirt and makes for an elegant night time look.

Gemma Arterton

Gemma Arterton

Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

10. Keep it casual with trainers

Contrary to popular belief, a white shirt is a great piece to hang out in. Pair with trainers to keep it casual.

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis

Five best white shirts

We've trawled the internet to find the five very best white shirts:

 

zara

Pleated front shirt, £17.99 from zara.com

topshop

Neat Fit Chambray Shirt, £29 from topshop.com

reiss

Sheer Sleeve Shirt, £120 from reiss.com

marks

Pure Linen Shirt, £28 from marksandspencer.com

uniqlo

Sleeveless Shirt, £19.90 from uniqlo.com

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