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Why 2019 should be the year you finally invest in a classic white shirt

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Harriet Davey
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It’s time to take notice of the crisp white shirt once again…

If you want 2019 to be the year that you finally nail the art of the capsule wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with investing in a timeless white shirt. Back in the 19th century, white shirts were associated with wealthy, professional men – but by the Forties they had become a feminine fashion statement, worn by Hollywood actresses including Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe.

Today, the classic white shirt still has associations with workwear, and looks streamlined and chic with a sleek suit. But if you expand your horizons beyond the simple, structured style we all know and love, you’ll find white shirts with added details like belts, statement sleeves and ruffles – all perfect for teaming with statement trousers for day or with jeans and mules for evening.

Below, we’ve chosen our top 10 white shirts from the high street and designer brands, ranging from & Other Stories to Ganni and Victoria Beckham. Trust us: it’s the fashion buy you’ll never regret.

Co essentials tiered cotton shirt

Co essentials white shirt

This tiered-hem beauty creates a soft silhouette that looks great over skinny jeans. 

Co essentials tiered cotton shirt, £305

Michael Lo Sordo belted silk-satin shirt

Michael Lo Sordo shirt

Elevate the classic shirt by opting for a satin finish. The luxe fabric and off-white hue of this Michael Lo Sordo number will make anything you pair it with look instantly more premium. 

Michael Lo Sordo belted silk-satin shirt, £505

H&M V-neck shirt

h&m v-neck shirt

Going back to basics is always a good idea, and at under £15 we can’t think of any reasons not to shop this sleek H&M style. The V-neck is perfect for laying over roll neck tops.

H&M V-neck shirt, £12.99

Isabel Marant Étoil tedy linen shirt

Isabel Marant Étoil tedy linen shirt

The ruffle detail on this linen number brings it straight into s/s 2019 territory. Get ahead and wear it with cord trousers for now and light wash denim when it gets warmer. 

Isabel Marant Étoil tedy linen shirt, £290

& Other V-neck cotton shirt

& Other Stories shirt

White shirts don’t have to resemble workwear. For a cool, casual look, team this soft cropped style with baggy boyfriend jeans and white kicks. 

& Other V-neck cotton shirt, £49

BA&SH nova crepe shirt

Ba&sh white shirt

Simple, minimal details can take a wardrobe staple up a notch. This black-buttoned blouse will look effortlessly chic with a printed midi skirt and mules. 

BA&SH nova crepe shirt, £190

Arket embroidered shirt

Arket embroidered shirt

We can always rely on Arket to create basics with a unique spin. The soft embroidery, longer length and collarless style of this shirt makes it one you’ll wear on repeat. 

Arket embroidered shirt, £69

Ganni olayan cotton-poplin shirt

Ganni olayan cotton-poplin shirt

Can we just take a second to admire the dreamy sleeves on this Ganni must-have? Wear with a wrap skirt and knee high boots for day, and switch to multi-strap heeled sandals and golden jewels when the sun goes down.  

Ganni olayan cotton-poplin shirt, £110

Marks and Spencer pure silk long sleeve shirt

Marks and Spencer pure silk long sleeve shirt

If you don’t own a silk shirt already, then we suggest you invest in one. M&S has delivered the goods in the form of this double pocket style with oversized buttons that will never date. 

Marks and Spencer pure silk long sleeve shirt, £69

Victoria Beckham cotton shirt

Victoria Beckham cotton shirt

Victoria Beckham never fails to look effortlessly chic, so of course we’re going to look to her for the perfect white shirt. It exists, and we see it as the ideal investment buy for your 2019 needs. 

Victoria Beckham cotton shirt, £450

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