Top 8 White Shirts for Men

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Every man needs a white shirt, it can be dressed up or down, day or night so take a look at our guide on 8 of the best white shirts you can buy at The Idle Man right now.

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White shirts are essential to menswear. It’s the attire that rarely differs much in design but continues to make each gentleman look unique. Not forgetting that white shirts have become the perfect day-to-night attire. Whatever the season or occasion, they’ll always make you look sophisticated.

For some guys, the white shirt is integral to their career. It’s a great choice for the office, as it’ll make you look smart and professional. While it’s also great for social events too, as it’ll create a casual-dressy look which is perfect for low-key events. You can always rely on your white shirt, so we decided to compile some of our best white shirts for men.

How to Wear Your White Shirt

Are you seeking a new style? If so, finding the perfect white shirt might be the way to go. You don’t have to step out of your comfort zone too much as this design is very simplistic. However, you can play around with texture and colour to bring out your personality.

The greatest thing about your white shirt is that it can be worn for all seasons and occasions. There are no real restrictions for when and where you can wear your white shirt. Although, it’s essential that you focus on the fitting of your shirt and that it feels comfortable for you.

How Your White Shirt Should Fit

Do you have a tailor? If your answer is no, then it’s time to start searching online. Your white shirt needs to fit you well and your tailor can always lend a helping hand if it’s needed.

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Best White Shirts for Men

Finding the best white shirt can be a real task, especially as there are so many styles to choose from. There’s no need to panic as we’ve got all that sorted for you.

Best Men’s White Dress Shirts

The dress shirt is the best choice for beginners as it’s the perfect white shirt for both the office and socialising, so it’s the best place to start. Here are a couple of dress shirts to give you an idea of what you should be looking for.

The Idle Man White Dress Shirt

Your dress shirt is the perfect option for your black-tie and formal events. When styling your white shirt, you should consider James Bond’s style and how sophisticated it makes him look. Your aim is to make sure that your dress shirt has the same vibes by keeping your style classic and smart.

This piece from The Idle Man will pair up nicely with a classic black tuxedo. Of course, if you’re considering the full Bond look, why not throw in a bow tie and formal shoes? We think the classic black look will be the best choice for your formal events but if you must, you can choose a dark grey if you wish.

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Wood Wood Timothy Shirt White

Got a BBQ this weekend? Your dress shirt will help to create the casual-dressy look which is perfect for relaxed occasions. You want to keep your dress shirt on the simple side, so avoid putting too much effort into your look as you want your style to appear relaxed. Avoid bright colours and go easy on textures too, you’ll thank us later.

This choice from Wood Wood is the perfect white dress shirt. We think it’ll work best for your warm seasons, so why not grab the last of summer time? Choose a pair of chinos and plimsolls to give the relaxed look. Complete this style with a classic watch as you want to keep your accessories to a minimum.

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Best Men’s White Oxford Shirts

The oxford shirt is the best choice for those who wear shirts on a regular basis. It’s a step up from the dress shirt as it comes with a formal design, button-down collar and it’s acceptable to wear at casual events too. There are no limits when it comes to wearing the Oxford!

Maison Labiche Coeur Brise Shirt White

Oxford shirts are a great choice for the office as they’re very smart looking. You can wear them alone or within your three piece suit. Your oxford shirt will come with buttons cuffs, so you don’t need to add cufflinks with this white shirt. However, you want to make sure that you keep them buttoned at all times.

When styling your oxford button down, you want to take your occasion into consideration. This choice from Maison Labiche will be perfect if you’re attending a business lunch as it’ll make your style appear effortless. Try to stick with formal wear by choosing a pair of slim-fit trousers, formal shoes and a bag if you wish to channel the relaxed business man.

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YMC Curtis Seersucker Shirt Mambo White

This is the perfect white shirt for guys who wish to keep their smart style when attending casual events. You should ensure that you keep all your buttons fastened and roll up the sleeves. Make sure that you fold them neatly and avoid keeping them scrunched up.

You want to keep an eye on the length of your shirt which you can do with this one from YMC. For a relaxed look, you can tuck your white shirt into a pair of trousers or chinos. To do this you need to ensure that you have sufficient length (particularly at the back) because your shirt will undo itself if the length is too short. For this season, choose a pair of chino shorts and loafers. We love bright colours, so why not consider a lighter shade.

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White Button Down Shirts for Men

The white button down shirt is a great option for all occasions as it’s a mix of our two favourite styles. It’s designed with a smooth look (like the dress shirt) and finished off with a strong button down collar (like the oxford shirt). It’s the perfect white shirt combo!

Soulland Goldsmith Button Down White Shirt

Your white button down shirt is a great option for all your posh events as it’s designed to be accessorised with formal items. You can consider this attire for both your black-tie or office look as it works great with waistcoats, blazers, trousers and classic ties.

This Soulland button down shirt will give you the confidence you need to land your dream job, as we’re sure he/she will be impressed with your stylish button down. Remember to stick with formal attire. For an interview or meeting, you should go with a blazer, trousers and tie.

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B.D.Baggies Classic Plain Oxford Shirt White

Your search for the best white button down shirt doesn’t have to stop with plain styles. In fact, guys want more from their white shirts, they want cool white shirts, and they’re doing this by playing around with different textures and shades. To achieve the casual look, you want to keep things simple, keep your sleeves rolled up and leave your accessories at home.

This white button down shirt by B.D.Baggies is a great choice as the pattern isn’t too overwhelming but still distinctive. To achieve the casual look, we’d suggest that you keep everything simple by not putting too much effort into your other pieces. Match up this shirt with a dark pair of chinos, boat shoes and sunglasses to look less like Bond and more like a suave guy.

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Short Sleeve White Shirts for Men

Did you know that to discover the perfect white shirt you don’t have to always choose long sleeves or stick with plain white? In fact, you can choose different textures, colours and lengths to create the best white shirt for you.

Farah Bolham Textured Short Sleeve Shirt White

It’s possible to achieve your smart look with short sleeves, but you need to get the right fit. Your shirt should fit you comfortably across your body and sleeves should be long enough. They shouldn’t be too tight and the length should finish a couple of inches above your elbow.

Short sleeves are a great option for this season and you can wear them for your formal events. To achieve your classic look, you need to keep things effortless and always choose formal attire. Why not leave your blazer at home and opt for a classic waistcoat? Pair them up with matching trousers and smart shoes to complete your look.

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Publish Hans Short Sleeve White Shirt

With the short sleeve look, you want to focus on accessories and avoid wearing anything around the neck area. Don’t go overboard with your styling as your shirt will do the work for you. Your short sleeve white shirt can be worn for both formal and casual events. But like we always say, check with your host/hostess before you arrive at the party!

We love this white shirt from Publish because it’s not your typical white shirt. The grey short sleeves create a twist to a casual style by making it appear more formal. You can match this shirt up with some jeans, so why not go for a classic black pair and trainers? Or you can opt for a pair of loafers or boat shoes if you wish to smarten up your style.

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How to Roll Up Your Sleeves

Within a blink of an eye, your white shirt can go from being formal to casual all by simply rolling up your sleeves. There are a few different ways to roll up your sleeves so you may want to give a few options a go before you find the right length and style for you. The classic roll simply consists of folding the cuff backward so it’s level, and then repeating the process a couple of times on either sleeve.

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The Best White Shirts for Men

  • Always stick to classic styles and shapes so they’ll be universal in your wardrobe.
  • Avoid getting a white shirt with a loud print or design on it as this will date fairly quickly as time goes on.
  • Make sure that the shirt fits you perfectly, as there’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting shirt on a man.
  • The white shirt is a staple piece and can be dressed both up and down to suit the day and occasion.

On That Note

Long and short sleeve white shirts are essential to a gent’s wardrobe, they can be matched up with both your formal and casual attire. They’re therefore great for every occasion and with a great amount of freedom when styling your crisp white shirt it’ll go with anything you own. You can pick from a classic tuxedo, suit, chinos, shorts and even jeans. Your shoes and accessories can also be varied too. Whatever shirt, trouser and shoe combination you choose, you need to make sure that the look works for you.


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