Easy methods to put on a white button-up shirt | Type inspiration

The white shirt with buttons is a very powerful wardrobe. Add one to your closet and you’ll quickly find that it can be styled from the boardroom to the beach without looking out of place in either location.

Regardless of the fit or feel (we currently love the stiff cotton types on offer), which variant you choose, it’s worth every penny (and more) because the white shirt is the gift that keeps going … season according to season.

How to style the classic white shirt with buttons in seven different ways, just like an it girl – yes! That’s the value of a whole week of looks with a staple.

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Wear it as an over shirt

Tash Oakley has the right idea. (Instagram / @tashoakley)

For those days when you need an extra layer but don’t want anything too bulky or flashy in color, the white shirt is your best friend.

Always wear it with blue jeans!

Anine Bing shows the perfect weekend outfit. (Instagram / @aninebing)

There are so many ways to pair your jeans and a crisp white shirt look. You can knot it (see below), you can try (and love) the French Tuck – For info: this is where you tuck one side of the shirt into your pants and let the other side hang out – roll up your sleeves, fold up the collar on and if you’re a fan of the oversized fit you can even buckle it up.

So many. Options.

Wear it over swimmers

Jacey Duprie proves that the white shirt is essential all year round. (Instagram / @jaceyduprie)

It’s hard to imagine a day at the beach when most of the country is in the middle of a cold spell, but a crisp white shirt (oversized, even better!) Over the togs is a comfortable and stylish way to cover up the water.

Tie it in a knot

Or you just knot it à la Jasmin Howell. (Instagram / @jasminhowell)

Leaving the last buttons open, grab both ends of the shirt and tie it in a knot. This simple change goes perfectly with your high-waisted jeans, shorts, pants, and skirts, and even better for those into the cropped trend that is making the rounds.

Layer it

Jade Tuncdoruk piles up! (Instagram / @jadetunchy)

Wear it under or over almost anything in your wardrobe – the white shirt really is The versatile. Under clothes, knitwear, jackets, coats, a lot! Or you can’t go wrong about t-shirts, lacy camis, and knitwear if you add a crisp white shirt to the mix.

Wear it as a mini dress

Julie Sarinana and Jade Tuncdoruk in their version of the white shirt mini. (Instagram / @sincerelyjules and @jadetunchy)

It depends on the length of your white shirt, but if you’ve been to any high street store recently or browsing their listings online, you’ve come across a number of oversized (also known as “boyfriends”) shirts. If you want to give the white shirt mini look a try, choose an plus size shirt first. Then pair it with boots, a knitted vest, cozy knit, or try the layering trick – it’s almost impossible to screw up this look.

Put it in

Elle Ferguson and Sara Crampton go for the full tuck. (Instagram / @elle_ferguson and @harperandharley)

Tucking in a white shirt sounds like a no-brainer, but this simple adjustment can really spice up your look. If you find there is too much fabric to tuck into the front, just tuck in the ends and pull the rest of the shirt back so the collar sits away from the neck. This creates a chic, loosely fitting neckline, perfect for showing a little more skin.

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