15 white shirts to invest in now and wear forever

Posted by
Helen Atkin

Finding a single item of clothing that works for all seasons, all events and all styles is a tricky undertaking, but the classic white shirt is here to help. 

A white shirt has been a classic wardrobe staple for years. No matter your style a white shirt is an essential for the preppy dresser, the street style aficionado, the tailored dresser, the list goes on.

White shirts: wear a loose white shirt with wide leg trousers, flip flops and a statement bag for the last days of summer.

The white shirt is a blank canvas on which to build an outfit. Its versatility means that it can be worn simply, tucked into trousers or a skirt and loose over wide leg trouser; it can be worn layered underneath dresses, jumpers and other tops; or it can even be worn as a light jacket style layer over the top of your look.

White shirts: don't be afraid to layer your white shirt over the top of your outfit as a light jacket.

The white shirt works for all seasons and all events. Work wear, casual dressing and evening chic are all covered with this trusty staple.

White shirts: give a little edge to the classic combination of white shirt and suit with a statement belt.

For the remainder of summer try styling a loose boyfriend shirt over a printed skirt and dad sandals or untucked with white wide leg trousers for that just back from holiday style. As we move into the new season, tuck your shirt into high-waisted pleated skirts for a classic take on the heritage trend or pair it with your favourite coloured leather pieces for autumn. 

Here’s our edit of the 15 best white shirts to invest in now.

  • Jigsaw white cotton shirt

    Jigsaw white cotton shirt, £79

  • Joseph Gibson cotton poplin blouse

    Joseph Gibson cotton poplin blouse, £245

  • H&M cotton shirt

    H&M cotton shirt, £12.99

  • Acne Studios logo-embroidered shirt

    Acne Studios logo-embroidered shirt , £220     

  • Reserved oversized white shirt

    Reserved oversized white shirt, £44.99

  • Frame clean collared shirt

    Frame clean collared shirt, £267

  • Kin oversized shirt

    Kin oversized shirt, £69

  • Toteme Capri white cotton shirt

    Toteme Capri white cotton shirt at, £200

  • COS relaxed cotton shirt

    COS relaxed cotton shirt, £59

  • Mother of Pearl Miles shirt

    Mother of Pearl Miles shirt, £195

  • Topshop oversized poplin shirt

    Topshop oversized poplin shirt, £39

  • Raey long-line cotton shirt

    Raey long-line cotton shirt, £225

  • Autograph pure cotton shirt

    Autograph pure cotton shirt, £35

  • Eskandar oversized A-line cotton-poplin shirt

    Eskandar oversized A-line cotton-poplin shirt at, £285

  • J. Crew slim stretch perfect shirt

    J. Crew slim stretch perfect shirt, £78

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