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A white shirt, be it a T-shirt or button down shirt, will always be a classic closet staple. Wearing a white shirt does not require rocket science but wearing a white shirt in a way that isn’t boring and doesn’t look like everyone else’s requires a little bit more of a sense of style and finesse. Today the white shirt is everywhere, in fact it is safe to say primary or secondary school introduced many of us to our first white shirts. A perfectly fitting white shirt goes with everything, is appropriate for every occasion and you never have to worry about not looking well put together. The perfect white shirt is one of those staple items all men should have in their closet. Donning a white shirt is an easy way to look classy, dapper or elegant on a budget.

The fit of your white shirt is important. White is such a revealing colour so if your shirt is ill fitted, this will clearly show.

A white shirt’s versatility allows you to style and adapt it to a variety of different occasions. It will not only look good on you but will also make you feel good.

No wardrobe is complete without the humble white shirt. One of the most versatile pieces you can own, this fashion staple can be styled down for the day, up for the night and a myriad of ways in between. With that said, here are three ways you can style a white shirt.

1. Pair with denim for that retro look

Feeling nostalgic? Your trusty white tee gives you that retro, 90s inspired look. White shirts either a tee or a button down go hand in hand with denim, and also give you that retro yet modern look. Tuck in your white tee into a pair of jeans for an instantly cool look. Amplify this by layering your white tee with any button down shirt such as a vintage shirt (always remember to wear a belt for this). Tucking in the white shirt into the jeans (especially dad jeans) also creates a cleaner and more fitted look. You can go for the dark blue denim jeans, a light-wash blue or an even lighter bleached look for the summer. For the button down tucking is an option. If you decide not to tuck the shirt in, roll up the sleeves to give it that relaxed vibe and to show off your accessories such as a wrist watch or bracelet. To complete the look, pair with any trainers or sneakers especially the old school Vans or Converse All Stars.

2. Smarten up with a tailored jacket

Who said a white t-shirt can’t be business casual? A white shirt can be dressed up or down depending on how you pair it. For smarter days, wear your shirt under a tailored jacket or blazer of your choice. Choose structured pieces, with clean lines to complement your white tee. Slip into loafers to complement this office ready ensemble.

3. Make it monochrome

This is probably the easiest colour combination to nail, monochrome is clean, simple and effortlessly chic. And when worn head-to-toe monochrome is at its most effective. Let your shirt do the talking by keeping it simple in a monochrome outfit. Accessorise to make the entire outfit look perfect.

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