The white shirt is a perennial favourite. Maybe even the perennial favourite.
Whether you consider yourself a total novice or Anna Dello Russo-style fashion plate, it’s one staple that everyone can wear. It’s just how you wear it that’s important and, thankfully, it’s tricky to get too far wrong.
There’s nothing chicer than a classic white shirt, but with so many variations around – oversized, button-up, pocket and collar detailing – shopping for the right one can be surprisingly tricky.
But - the trend is showing no sign of waning, so instead of getting in to a changing room flap, surrounded by piles of white cotton, silk and chambray, we’ve put together an edit of our favourites.
Are you still of the view that the white shirt is square and boring? We’re all about librarian chic for the new season. Seen at Gucci, Miu Miu and Tommy Hilfiger, we’re embracing tartan skirts, button-up collars and cardigans. Ribbed socks and a pair of Mary-Janes to finish the look.
Don’t fancy giving yours the fashion spin? The white shirt has ever been the canvas for that notoriously chic French style; minimal, timeless, understated. It’s all Caroline de Maigret and Emmanuelle Alt – two of the most fashionable women, ever.
The timeless wardrobe statement is big for spring/summer, with more white shirts on the catwalks than we’ve seen for a while.
There were boxy styles at Balenciaga, oversized and dressy at Dior and stark lines - verging on clinical - at Julien David and Chalayan.
The waist cut-out has even made its way into white shirts, and onto the A-line shapes at Peen Dullaert. Issa gave the shirt a summer-over in detailing broderie.
If you want to fall back in love with your old classically cut white shirt, go for a simple ribbon tied around the neck for a rocky Kate Moss spin.
Whatever you decide, just make it crisp.