How to Style a White Shirt the 2020 Way

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Cyrielle Verstuyft Jacquemus White Shirt Dress
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When you live in the retail capital of the world, it’s easy to fall into the trap of hitting ‘add to cart’ before every social engagement – especially when a neatly wrapped package can arrive at your doorstep in a few short hours. Fashion brands churning out new collections every few months and viral trends crowding our IG feeds tempt us to expand our wardrobe with the latest styles. Before you reach for your wallet, consider shopping in your own closet — sometimes the chicest statement looks are a simple styling trick away.

Investing in and repurposing wardrobe staples is the key to a sustainable wardrobe. Staying true to our #SlowFashion ideology, we are fetching out our wardrobe hero – the humble white shirt – and styling it with a fresh perspective. The sartorial power of a perfect white button-down shirt remains unchallenged, especially as we navigate humid Middle Eastern temperatures. Whether it is a business meeting or a beach brunch, the versatile classic fashion piece promises to elevate your outfit. 

Scroll down to discover three simple ways to style the trendiest pieces of the season with your classic white shirt.

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White Shirt with Bralette

Bralettes are one of the most covetable wardrobe pieces at the moment. Last year, Katie Holmes‘ matching cardigan-and-bra set set an unstoppable trend in motion that has now shifted from co-ordinated winter wear to knit bralettes worn underneath powerful blazers and relaxed shirts. 

We especially love entrepreneur Cyrielle Verstyuft‘s chic ensemble, with a Jacquemus shirt dress and bralette paired together. Team up your white shirt with a pair of shorts and pop a few buttons to reveal the contrast bralette or opt for an oversized shirt or a shirtdress to achieve the look. Perfect for a girls’ day out or a beach brunch, the effortless look promises to make you stand out.

 

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White Shirt with Skirt

A stiff white shirt is a far cry from the usual floaty resort-wear, but it can certainly fit in – you’ve just got to style it right. Update your white shirt from business chic to bohemian chic by teaming it up with a casual fringe skirt. 

 

 

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Reverse Layering

This wardrobe staple has a new role to play. “It” girls are layering crisp white shirts with shift dresses. Influencer Caroline Daur schools us on the reverse layering look by wearing an uber-chic leather dress over a white shirt. A nod to the 90s, this business casual dressing style is perfect for when you’ve got a (Zoom) meeting at seven and dinner reservations at eight.

 

 

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