We’re not exaggerating when we say that there’s no life event where you cannot and should not be wearing a white shirt. In fact, we’re going to list a few: A job interview, your first and last day of work, boozy brunches, quick errands, sunset chilling in Bali, your bff’s wedding… we could go on but you get our drift. White shirts are just about perfect.
Here are 10 white shirts that are diverse in shapes and styles to give you even more options. Some are billowy and some will take you to the boardroom, but the one thing you will enjoy about them are their comfort and price points. Scroll on for our favourites.
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1. Oversize Collared Shirt With Short Sleeves, $55.90, Zara
We love this oversized version because of its versatility. Wear it with your a pair of high-waisted trousers or simply pair it with your favourite denim jeans or shorts and a pair of sandals. Either way, you’ll look pulled together and impossibly chic.
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2. Cassido Oversized Cotton-Poplin Shirt, $506, Dries Van Noten at Net-a-Porter
Trust designer Dries Van Noten to take a classic wardrobe staple and give it a fresh spin with exaggerated proportions. You can choose to wear it on its own and dress it up with a belt. Alternatively, slip on a pair of jeans and stilettos and you’re ready for a night out in town.
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3. Cotton shirt, $29, H&M
This slightly translucent shirt sits relaxed on the body thanks to the soft breathable cotton. Dress it up with a pencil skirt and red heels, or make it casual with a pair of white cotton shorts and your favourite sneakers.
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4. Scarf-Neck Silk Shirt, $2,306, Chloé at Farfetch
There’s something romantic and bohemian about this blouse from Chloé — the floral lace details and scarf-detailed neckline. Made from silk georgette, this is the white shirt you’d save for a special night out.
5. Boy Silk-Satin Shirt, $690, Michael Lo Sordo at Net-a-Porter
Inspired by men’s tailoring, this shirt is cut from lustrous silk-satin and feels incredible on the skin. Whether it’s for a formal dinner or just a night out with your gal pals, this will make you look effortlessly chic and sexy instantly.
6. Ultramarine Studio tie-neck oxford shirt, $65.40, EOMM
We can’t stress enough on the merits of an oxford shirt: It’s as dressy as it can be casual cool and the more you wash it, the softer it gets. Local label Ultramarine Studio’s version has a tie-neck collar and extended cuffs that’s more womanly and less matronly.
7. Cotton shirt, $1,105, Alaïa at MyTheresa
On first glance, it might seem like your average white shirt but the devil’s in the details with this number: The subtle sharp darts at the waist cut a feminine silhouette. Plus it’s so versatile that you can wear it with almost anything: High-rise trousers, midi skirts and even jeans.
8. Cotton Poplin Shirt, $1,250, Alexander McQueen at MyTheresa
Ruched sleeves with classic tailoring — what’s not to love about this lovely shirt from Alexander McQueen. The voluminous sleeves add a dramatic flair and will definitely let you stand out in a crowd.
9. Esme cotton shirt, $60, Sabrina Goh
We can’t guarantee anything on the practicality of this shirt thanks to its billowing sleeves, because 1) you can’t wear it if you’re a klutz or if you seem to attract dirt like a magnet and 2) your dining choices are going to be severely limited. What we can guarantee though is that it’s going to be good for the ‘gram or special occasions where chilli sauce isn’t involved.
10. White 010 shirt, $249, Stolen
Elyn Wong’s aesthetic for Stolen hasn’t wavered since its inception in 2007: Its pieces are minimalist on the front but the back is where it steals the show. Well-placed cuts reveal your back in varying degrees, giving off an elegant allure. And this shirt is her signature style at its best with a slit at its back that’s subtly sensual but can be easily covered up for work with a blazer.