Basics: The White Shirt

The versatile white shirt is a must have for every wardrobe. Dressed up with a formal skirt for a night out (think Carolyn Bessette Kennedy), a white shirt can be impossibly chic. Thrown over a pair of jeans, it’s a perfect everyday look. Always one of the first items in our suitcase, we are forever keeping an eye out for the perfect white shirt.

Classic Cotton Button-front

If you are only going to own only one, make it 100% cotton in a slightly oversized fit. While these were not always easily found, sending many a shopper to the men’s department, there are now an abundance on offer from both designer and high street brands.

An absolute classic style that suits everyone, Poplin Shirt, £290 from Piazza Sempione

From the appropriately named HommeGirls, this masculine inspired cotton twill shirt can easily take you from work to play, £165 from HommeGirls 


Oversized Shirt, £79 from Whistles


Great for summer, it is worth having a linen shirt in your suitcase. Good quality linen can now be found on the high street. The slightly sheer fabric looks great over swimsuits and paired with jean shorts. Effortless.

Lightweight Linen Shirt, £55 from Arket

The Linen Workwear Shirt, £47 from Everlane


Silk fits easily under suits and blazers, but it’s probably best reserved for cooler weather.

Equipment has been making this staple for many years, Signature Silk Blouse, £210 from Equipment

For showing off those chunky necklaces, Silk V-Neck Shirt, £245 from Frame

Other Great Styles

Broderie Anglaise Blouse, £275 from Ganni 

Smocked Short Sleeve Shirt, £55 from Cos

Julianne Puff Sleeve Cotton Blend Shirt, £335 from Frame

Embroidered Detail Shirt, £36 from Mango 

Lina Eyelet-Lace Cotton Poplin Blouse, £390 from Sea

Cotton Dobby Lace Insert Blouse, £125 from Me & Em

Our favourite scouting locations for well-priced white shirts

Check out all the great styles at Cos

Arket has lots of oversized shapes

— Elizabeth Eaton
14th July 2021

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