Alas, unlike Pope, we're not as adept at keeping ours pristine when drinking red wine (let's just say we have a good stain remover to hand).
But don't let the thought of ruining a delicate blouse put you off purchasing this style staple, as there's nothing better than a white shirt for the warmer months.
With this in mind, we've picked out the best on the high street. From short-sleeved and silk to over-sized and cotton, you can team any of these up with a midi pencil skirt, a jumpsuit or just a simple pair of jeans and you'll look ready for spring.
Jigsaw, Poplin Oversize Shirt
Dorothy Perkins, white stripe burnout shirt
House of Fraser, Mango Flowy Boxy Shirt
River Island, cream Chelsea polka dot blouse
Topshop, summer wrap overshirt
Karen Millen, white shirt with contrast sheer panels and sleeves
Cos, textured crepe shirt
French Connection, Summer fresh lace insert shirt
Monsoon, Tilly sleeveless shirt
& Other Stories, cotton blouse with contrasting sleeves and body
New Look, sleeveless peplum top
Reiss, sleeveless laser cut top
Karl Lagerfeld, leather trim white shirt
John Lewis, Oui contrast white shirt