How to Wear the White Shirt Now

The white shirt: there’s no denying it’s a classic piece and that at least one style should be in every man and woman’s wardrobe. From workwear and tailoring to relaxed looks and holiday cover-ups, the white shirt is one of the most versatile items of clothing you can own and over the past few seasons, fashion’s most innovative street stylers have been embracing it like never before.

It’s no surprise, really, given designers’ move to a more experimental way of working with the humble shirt. Billowing shirt sleeves have been found at Lemaire, they’ve been deconstructed at MM6 Maison Margiela and Alexander Wang, and the Cuban collar has made a comeback. In need of some style inspiration? Here’s how to wear the white shirt now.

Extreme Sleeves

extreme sleeve shirt

For effortless style that’s easy to emulate, go for the extra-long sleeved shirt, worn unbuttoned at the cuff and just grazing over the hands. Channel Camille Charrière’s style and wear it loose and relaxed, balanced with a structured skirt, Converse All Stars and oversized sunglasses.

All White

all white shirt

Practical? No. Stylish? Absolutely. There’s something about doubling up on white pieces that evokes easy summer style unlike anything else – and the white shirt is the perfect starting point. Pair a voluminous piece with white jeans or trousers, the silhouettes acting as the talking point.

Wear with a Scarf

silk scarf shirt

A small silk scarf instantly adds something interesting to the classic white shirt. Wear it loose and knotted at the neck like Karlmond Tang, leaving the shirt slightly open at the top so it just shows, keeping the rest of the outfit within the same colour palette to prevent it from looking too ‘done’.

 The Cuban Collar

white shirt cuban collar

One of SS17’s greatest menswear trends and promising to follow right into AW17 and SS18, the Cuban collar is the style you need to have in your arsenal right now. This style instantly takes the white shirt from stiff button-down to casual and relaxed, and looks great with every colour and texture.

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Words by Angharad Jones. Images by Andrew Barber

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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