A crisp white shirt may not be an “essential” in every woman’s wardrobe, but it certainly is in mine. They come in every shape, style personality, and fabric imaginable. And while they may seem like a rather humble essential, I love the way they add instant polish to your look. Let’s look at a few ways I am wearing the white shirt wardrobe essential and the two new ones I’ve added to my closet.
For our Over 50 Style Edit this month, Cindy and I are sharing our love for white shirts and how we style this wardrobe staple.
White Cotton Shirt
I love a classic white shirt with a great pair of jeans. I couldn’t resist this white button-up shirt covered with little black polka dots. The dots separate it from my solid white shirts, and they’re one of the few patterns I love… so at under $40, it’s a no-brainer for my wardrobe. I prefer my white shirts roomy, so I sized up to a large.
I almost always fold up the sleeves because it helps me look taller. Exposing a bit of wrist and ankle also adds a feminine touch to your look and allows you to showcase your bracelets.
This is such a typical outfit for me most days. A great pair of jeans, comfy shoes, a white shirt, something over my shoulder in case it cools off…in this case, a cashmere pullover, and a crossbody bag.
These Ecco slip-on sneakers are as comfy as can be and have a removable insole so you can adjust for a wider foot or add your own orthotic. With crisp shirts, I like to pop the collar, which frames your face and adds a touch of insouciance attitude. Here’s how I pop my collar and get it to stay up.
More ways to wear a white shirt wardrobe essential
- Pair a white cotton shirt with work trousers and a low heel for a polished professional look.
- Knot it at the waist, and pair it with jeans and sneakers. Here’s one of the ways I tie mine.
- Layer it under a blazer or leather jacket, à la James Dean, for a casual vibe.
- Tuck a white linen shirt into a patterned maxi skirt and accessorize with boho jewelry.
- Pair a white silk shirt with pale wide-leg pants for an elegant monochromatic look.
- Try one with a metallic or pleated skirt for a glamorous touch.
- Oversized silhouettes look great over leggings or as a bathing suit cover-up.
- Layer classic button-ups one over a dress or as a third layer for arm coverage.
The timeless white shirt offers endless styling possibilities. If your taste runs more to softer blouses, they can be styled similarly. Remember that white comes in warm and cool undertones to flatter all complexions, so don’t feel limited to stark white.
White Performance Shirt
Cotton seems the most common for white shirts, but performance fabrics are also terrific. I shared a few of my favorites in this post.
This everlasting tank is actually a sleeveless shirt in a stretch performance fabric that has UPF 50+. It’s a woven fabric that looks polished and feels super comfy. This is a softer white that could be called neutral, not cool. It’s already become a workhorse in my wardrobe because it comes out of the dryer looking brand new. I’m wearing it with the Brooklyn ankle pants I’ll pack for my next overseas trip.
I accessorized this outfit with several of these single pearl necklaces stacked together. I like them on their own, but I tend to layer them in multiples, either around my wrist or neck. Their little magnetic closure makes them so easy to put on and take off. Remember to use the code AWSL at checkout to save 15%.
Asking me to choose my favorite white shirt would be like asking me which child I love the most. Impossible! Some make a statement all on their own, and some are simply supporting players I rely on again and again.
Is a white shirt a wardrobe essential for you?
MORE WHITE SHIRTS
Let’s check out how Cindy wears her white shirts at Cindy Hattersley Design.