3 Ways to Wear a White Shirt

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A white shirt is a classic staple that every man should have in his wardrobe arsenal. This style guide will show you how to wear this classic three ways.

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The white shirt. One of the staple items that gets ignored time and time again because it seems just a little bit boring. It’s not something that’s only for the office though, and there are more ways to wear it than you’d think.

Casual (sort of)

Sometimes you don’t feel like parading around in a logo filled t-shirt, but a plain white one looks too much like you’re doing DIY. A white shirt is the perfect alternative when you want something casual but still a little done up. If you pick a texture like cotton then it’ll have a less crisp finish and you won’t look like you’re wearing your office shirt.

You can also try a shirt with more interesting additions to it, to try and step back from the plain formality of office wear. Try buttons that stand out, or a different neck. Anything that makes it stand out a little more.

There isn’t a lot that’s more casual than jeans, so they’re the perfect choice if you want the laid back look. A slim fit pair of jeans compliment’s everyone and is loose enough that you can easily tuck in your shirt without having awkward bulges (don’t think too much about that). As for the jeans colour, a light shade will look less formal, but the thing about white is that it goes with pretty much anything, so you’re free to choose whatever colour you like best.

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Men wearing casual shirts


Smart casual

With a smart casual look you can afford to go a little smarter, and this can easily be done with accessories. If you’re wearing jeans, add a leather belt or a pair of loafers.

It’s also easy to with smart casual to mix styles together to create something different. Pair a casual shirt with a smarter blazer. Swap jeans for casual chinos and slip on a pair of loafers rather than boots. As long as one aspect of your outfit is casual then you won’t look over dressed.

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A man wearing a shirt with smart trousers and trainers



When it comes to dressing smartly, sometimes simplicity is best. Too many bells and whistles can make an outfit look messy, so focus on the fit and material of your clothes over design.

Find a shirt that is long enough to tuck into your trousers, and that isn’t too loose or tight on the body. Then pair with a slim fit pair of trousers, and add a black belt if you want. Leather shoes are best on your feet and they’ll compliment your outfit. Then just complete the look with a jacket that’s the same colour as your trousers and you’re all set. You can add a tie as well, but try to avoid anything too patterned.

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Oliver Cheshire wearing a grey suit with a white shirt


3 Ways to Wear a White Shirt

  • A white shirt can work a number of ways, from the more casual to the ultra smart.
  • A suit and crisp, ironed, white shirt is a winning look for any formal event of job interview.
  • If you don’t have to wear a suit to work, go for a smart-casual look which involves a par of smarter trousers and a white shirt (no tie).
  • Elevate your outfit with a white shirt – even a pair of jogging bottoms can be paired with a white shirt for a sports-luxe vibe.
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A man wearing jeans and a white shirt

On that Note

Basically a white shirt can be worn a number of ways and each one will leave you looking smarter than if you had just worn a standard white T-shirt. Whether you pair yours with a pair of joggers, smart trousers or jeans, you can guarantee that your look will be slightly elevated. Of course if you really want the smart look then nothing beats a suit and crisp white shirt.


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