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White Shirt Outfit Ideas: Chic Looks for Summer, Work, and Beyond

The white button-down shirt is a timeless wardrobe essential. In this post I’m sharing chic looks you can create with a simple white shirt, for summer, work, a night out and beyond.

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How to wear a button down White Shirt

A white shirt is undoubtedly a classic wardrobe staple that transcends trends and seasons. You can wear it to the office or out for a casual day, for a night out or on the beach. It’s easy to style and it pairs well with almost anything (of course, because it’s White!). White also gives off a sense of sophistication and professionalism. When I’m not sure of what to wear, I always reach for my White shirts. I find it to be a reliable go-to fit, anytime of the year.

I’ve curated 7 ways to wear a White Shirt that includes options for both warm or cold months. So read to the end if you want to go from confused to sorted!

White button down Shirt Ideas

When you take a look at the outfit ideas below, its obvious that there are some key elements to nail any of these looks.

If you already have the above items in your closet, then you are set to put together really chic stunning outfits! If you do not?

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Here’s a peek at how you can transform the classic White Shirt into several stylish looks.

1. Effortless Parisian Chic

Channel your inner Parisian with a crisp white shirt paired with a pair of high-waisted dark wash skinny jeans or linen pants. Cuff the sleeves for a touch of casualness and add a pair of chic ballet flats. Complete the look with a black belt and a woven leather crossbody bag for a timeless Parisian vibe.

2. Summer Elegance

Embrace summer vibes with a flowy white linen shirt. Go for a relaxed fit with buttons undone at the neckline for a breezy feel. Pair it with a midi skirt – whether denim midi skirt, print skirt or a soft pastel skirt.

Shorts and White shair pairing is also another great combo for summery vibes.


Add a pair of sandals or trainers to tie the summer look all together. Want to look even more elegant? Add a cross body bag.

3. Workwear Powerhouse

The white shirt is a workwear staple that many of us are not letting go off any time soon. Whether you work remotely or at an office.

Choose a crisp poplin shirt with a tailored fit and tuck it into a high-waisted tailored trouser for a polished look. As you can see a blazer in a neutral color like navy or black can be added for structure and a more formal look. For accessories, choose classic pumps and a leather tote bag to complete the professional vibe.

4. Weekend Casual Cool

Dress down your white shirt for a relaxed weekend look. Choose an Oxford shirt with a slightly boxy fit and roll up the sleeves for a touch of informality. Pair it with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and white pumps. Other casual shoes like adidas Sambas, converse or new balance will also be a great fit.

In the cold season, you can throw on a denim jacket or a leather bomber for added dimension.

In summer, simply accessorize with a statement bag and sunglasses for a laid-back yet stylish vibe.

5. Date Night

A white shirt can be a surprisingly sexy date night option! Dress it up with jeans and booties or with fitted pants and heeled sandals.

A statement clutch bag in any color will tie this look together.

6. Edgy and Unexpected

Show off your edgy side with a white shirt reimagined. Choose a sheer white blouse with a button-down front. Layer it over a black bralette or a cami for a touch of peek-a-boo.

Paired with high-waisted leather pants or shorts, this outfit gives a bold and unexpected statement.

If you want to accessorize, consider statement rings and earrings to complete the edgy vibe.

7. Bohemian Spirit

Finally, styling your White Shirt to achieve a bohemian look is super easy.

Pair it with a long, flowing maxi skirt or linen culottes in a vibrant print or a solid earth tone for the typical boho look.

Add a pair of gladiator sandals. Complete the look with a layered nature-inspired necklace combination and a woven straw hat for a carefree summer vibe.


How can I avoid my white button-down shirt looking boring during Winter?

Try layering it under a blazer or a sweater vest. Play with textures, like a silk blouse or a linen shirt. Accessorize with statement jewellery, a scarf, or a colorful belt. You can also try unconventional styling, like leaving the shirt untucked or rolling up the sleeves for a more relaxed vibe.

So there you have it, chic ways to look absolutely stylish with that classic white shirt that’s either been sitting in your wardrobe or that you are off to buy! My favourite White shirts are from Tommy, lulus and Gant. Leave a comment to let me know what you think about these white shirt styling tips. Is it something you will consider?

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