Formal with a twist: How to style your white shirt!

Forget about only pulling that white shirt out from the back of your wardrobe for occasional job interviews – it should be one of your style staples!

A crisp white shirt is a timeless item to have in your wardrobe. Whether you splurge on the perfect tailored option or just go for a basic one, you’ll find it easy to work your button-down into countless outfit combinations.

Here are a few stylish suggestions of ways to wear your white shirt:

1. Easy elegance
Stick to classic lines by teaming your white shirt with a pair of well-fitted skinny jeans. Add heels like Olivia Palermo for an evening-ready outfit, or wear with flats for a smart-casual look that will never date:

2. Colour pop
Add a shot of bold colour to your ensemble for a more youthful and fun way to wear a shirt. Jessica Alba really stands out with these bright red trousers, but try a jewel-toned skirt or even some statement jewellery for a more subtle twist:

3. Add texture
A white shirt is such a simple choice that you can really ramp up your look by adding textured fabrics or printed designs, like Victoria Beckham:

4. Dress it up
Make your shirt the base of your look by wearing it under a dress. Don’t go for a dress that’s too structured – relaxed and floaty fabrics work well. Dree Hemingway is totally on-point with this gorgeous pastel feathered dress:

5. Maxi madness
A maxi skirt and crisp white shirt make for a super-classy look that you can wear at formal events without feeling too stuffy. Emma Watson goes all Downton Abbey in this gorgeous grey silk skirt and loose white blouse:

6. Popped collar
Rather than going all out, wear your shirt under a cozy jumper and show off just the collar for a really feminine and pretty look. Kate Mara is the picture of understated elegance here: