Classic white shirts have never been so cool - these are the 12 styles to add to your wardrobe

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The classic white shirt is a true style  staple. Working just as hard on the weekends as it does in the office, we’ve found the 12 timeless designs that will add instant cool to every wardrobe.       

When it comes to wardrobe staples, there are few that work harder than a classic white shirt. Though it’s a perfect partner for office-appropriate suiting, the power of this crisp style is that it is just as effective when styled with your off-duty looks as well. A true style chameleon, there are few pieces that are simultaneously as cool and as chic as a crisp white shirt. 

The eternally elegant Katharine Hepburn was a huge fan of a simple white shirt with the collar turned up, Marilyn Monroe was often pictured in blue jeans with a classic shirt thrown on and in a more modern turn of events, Meghan Markle has proven to be a fan too. Take your styling cues from Meghan and pair with a relaxed fit pair of  jeans and loafers for a laidback look that still feels incredibly chic, or just add a pencil skirt to pull off the Duchess’ favourite smart-yet-stylish wardrobe hack. 

White shirts: wear a loose white shirt with wide leg trousers and a statement bag for a chic off-duty look

Effortlessly elegant, not only can a crisp white shirt anchor an entire outfit but it requires minimal styling. If you’re feeling sluggish, simply substituting your failsafe t-shirt for a white button down will immediately leave you feeling refreshed and focused. If you’re struggling to keep your head in the game while working from home, experiment with pairing a relaxed fit shirt with a pair of straight leg jeans for an endlessly comfortable yet completely polished look that will keep your head back in the game, even if you’re working from your sofa rather than your office. 

Whether you’re looking for a classic tailoring inspired style or a playful design with an oversized collar or statement-making balloon sleeves, we’ve found 12 of the best white shirts to invest in now and wear for years to come. 

  • Arket

    A timeless take on the classic white shirt, this slim fit style was made for layering under an oversized blazer or colourful suit jacket for an office appropriate look that still feels stylish. 

    Shop Arket slim poplin shirt, £35

  • Acne Studios

    An oversized fit and pointer collar make this crisp white shirt the ultimate off-duty piece. Play into the minimalist aesthetic by styling with a pair of delicate gold hoops and a chain necklace – that’s all that you need to add to make this piece pop. 

    Shop Acne Studios oversized cotton shirt, £230

  • Topshop

    A long-line cut with an oversized fit lends itself to androgynous styling. Maintain a streamlined aesthetic by pairing with slim fit trousers in an eternally cool shade of black and pair of razor sharp white ankle boots for a sleek, no-nonsense look. 

    Shop Topshop oversized poplin shirt, £39     

  • Comme des Garcons Girl

    If a fitted white shirt feels too formal, opt for a playful spin on the wardrobe essential that feels no less polished. An oversized ruffled Peter Pan collar brings an injection of Comme Des Garcons’ signature quirky style to the white shirt, while the tapered cuffs and button-down fit keeps things smart enough to work for the office.

    Shop Comme Des Garcons Girl ruffled cotton-poplin shirt at Matches Fashion, £270 

  • H&M

    Not just for the office, this relaxed fit style is one that we’ll be wearing on the weekends too. Wear a pair of straight-leg jeans and add a woven basket bag for a summer-ready look that feels carefree yet incredibly chic. 

    Shop H&M cotton shirt, £17.99

  • Thom Browne

    Opt for a classic approach with this tailored white shirt. We’ll be wearing ours with blue denim and a timeless tan trench to channel the kind of French girl chic that looks meticulously put together, even if you threw it together in minutes.

    Shop Thom Browne cotton shirt at My Theresa, £210 

  • Totême

    Best white shirts: Toteme

    Stockholm-based label Totême makes the cult pieces we can’t wait to incorporate into our wardrobe, and this playful balloon-sleeved take on the classic white shirt is one of them. Wear with wide-legged leather trousers and a pair of square-toed heels for a Scandi street style inspired look that will leave you feeling ready for your Sartorialist close up. 

    Shop Totême Zonza balloon-sleeve cotton-poplin shirt at Matches Fashion, £228

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