The new ways to wear the classic white shirt

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

Anthea Simms

The crisp white button-down is undoubtedly the most versatile piece you will ever own. Think of it as the backbone of any outfit, not to mention that it will never go out of style. It’s been rocked by both the industry’s it-girls as well as icons of decades past.

While it’s on runways every season, give the iconic piece got a new spin for summer. Channel Katharine Hepburn with tomboy inspired trousers or blazer, a la Rag & Bone. Give it a distinctly feminine twist by pairing it with a sleek pencil skirt and sky-high heels.  

The Proenza Schouler boys have reworked the classic and elongated it, making for easy-breezy summer dresses. Cinch at the waist with a belt to show off those curves. Or why not try it cropped it, as seen at Phillip Lim? The bare mid-drift throws back to fashion’s recent penchant for the Nineties. Putting a cape on top of the classic shirt also nods to the late decade and provides a great transition into fall.  Flap pockets add a utility feel, acknowledging one of the major trends we see season after season – military.

Any way you put it, the crisp white shirt grounds an outfit and adds polish. Worn with denim shorts to the outdoor marché or streamlined trousers to the office, the white shirt is as timeless as the LBD – only you don’t need an occasion to wear it.