5 New Takes On the White Shirt
The white shirt is as versatile as your favorite black pump, or best fitting skinny jean. This season is all about layering, creative styling, and unexpected pairings for your perfect white shirt ensemble. We looked to the runway, the red carpet, and the streets to source our inspiration, and whether you want to achieve a trend-driven mash up or a sleek minimalist approach, we’re got you covered! We shopped out each of our favorite looks piece-by-piece—accessories and beauty products included—so you can recreate each look yourself.
Added bonus: Find your perfect fit with InStyle Essentials' patented technology (shown above, left), which lets you shop styles by bra size instead of dress size so there's no pulling or tugging at the bust line!
The Inspiration: Diane Kruger
Think of your white shirt as a blank canvas and add any bold color you wish. A high waisted red midi skirt with a cropped white shirt looks fresh for evening.
Organic by John Patrick
Cotton, $254; farfetch.com
Silk faille, $525; tibi.com
Leather, $595; shopbop.com
18k gold plate, $65; shopbop.com
Le Vernis Nail Colour, $27; chanel.com
The Inspiration: A Look From Victoria Beckham's Spring 2014 Collection
Victoria Beckham's Spring show was packed new styling twists on solid white. Go monochromatic and add a zip up baseball jacket and chunky heels to transform your ordinary white shirt into something sporty.
Cotton-poplin, $350; net-a-porter.com
T by Alexander Wang
Jersey and neoprene, $340; net-a-porter.com
Viscose, polyamide, and elastane, $525; stylebop.com
Leather, $395; piperlime.com
Metal, $6; hm.com
Rose-gold vermeil, $66; shopbop.com
Lightweight powder blush in Candy Coral, $8; ulta.com
The Inspiration: Miranda Kerr's Street Style
A no-fail pairing for your white shirt is a fitted black leather pant and sleek pump. Allow the simplicity of this look to stand out with barely-there accessories. Open the top two buttons so that it feels more relaxed.
Silk, $424; farfetch.com
Polyurethane, $35; hm.com
Faux-leather, $195; neimanmarcus.com
Synthetic, $110; piperlime.com
Acetate, $177; editorialist.com
Plated base metal and glass, $34; baublebar.com
The Inspiration: A Look from Prabal Gurung's Spring 2014 Collection
Try a more architectural approach by buttoning your shirt all the way to the top and pulling your hair back in a sleek pony with a bright pink lip.
Cotton, $240; topshop.com
Silk, $473; shoplesnouvelles.com
Leather, $489; farfetch.com
Knight$ Of New York
14k gold plate, $95; shopbop.com
Lipstick in Pink Kashmir, $26; net-a-porter.com
The Inspiration: Alexa Chung's Look At A Bvlgari Event
A jeweled collar and cuff change the feel of this shirt completely. Layering a sparkly necklace over a plain button up would create a similar effect. Wearing long sleeves gives you a little leeway for showing more skin elsewhere. If you love your legs, pair with a textured straight mini and heels.
Cotton with clear, gray, and saffron crystal embellishments, $148; net-a-porter.com
Leather, $120; riverisland.com
Polyester and polyurethane, $70; zara.com
Elizabeth and James
22k gold plate, $150; shopbop.com
Waterproof eyeliner, $19; eyeko.com