Add a neck scarf, pair with bold accessories, tuck into high-waisted jeans.
The simple white shirt is, without a doubt, one of the easiest and most on-trend looks to style all year round, with the versatility to take you from morning meetings to late night drinks and the comfort of a loose-fitted waist and rolled-up cuffs.
From elongated sleeves to Peter Pan collars, the multifaceted cut of a crisp shirt is what separates it from its fashion counterparts. What else can be paired with bold colours, thigh-high stilettos, tied up hair and a slick of devil-red lipstick and remain a fashion staple across the decades?
Channel your inner Lauren Bacall with a midi-length skirt, belt and white button-down shirt, your Katharine Hepburn in an oversized fit with popped collars or a rouge lip and marl grey silks à la Emma Watson. The fundamentals to styling the white shirt is simplicity, clean lines and fit.
Here are three alternative ways to style the humble white shirt from season to season:
The backwards button-up
Hitting the streets earlier this year, the oversized button-down white shirt was a style essential among the fashion elite.
The key to this trend is 'the bigger the better' – collars, sleeves, fit. Keep starch and ironing to a minimum and slip your arms into the sleeves, leaving the shirt to hang loose on your back. Remember, you're getting two stylish looks in one with this construction.
Either tie the corners into a bow in the middle of your back or button it up at the top for lower back cleavage. Top off the look with a bold lip and slicked back hair. Keep accessories to a minimum with an over-sized black Gant Diamond G bag to finish off the look.
Take a button-up Gant white shirt and start buttoning where your shirt hits your waistband before tucking in the button side of the shirt at the front.
Leave the other side hanging loose and tug out a bit of the tucked-in side to give that laissez-faire look.
This year, it was all about the shoulder. From strapless peasant blouses to cut-out dresses, a bare shoulder was the key to exentuate the year's on-trend silhouette.
When it comes to the white shirt, artful structuring is key.
Slip your arm into one of the sleeves and fasten the buttons up until just underneath your bare shoulder's underarm.
Wrap the empty arm hole around your waste and tuck into the back of your trousers/shirt.
Head over to Gant today for your white shirt staple.