10 Effortless Ways to Style a Basic White Shirt

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10 Effortless Ways to Style a Basic White Shirt

Change a timeless staple to a trendy attire with these different styling ideas!

There is no other quintessential wardrobe staple that you can fall back on than a crisp white button-down shirt. The timeless white color adds a touch of elegance to your collection and it is as essential as it is versatile. As much as being a foundation piece in your closet, it also goes well with the bolder outfits you keep adding over time.

The tailored cut of a button-down makes it suitable for a formal event. But if you cuff its sleeves and tie it up, you can rock a chic boho look in an instant. Switch from one style to another and you can go from a boring workday to dressy date night without worrying much about outfit changes.

Wondering how you can do that? Here is a quick video tutorial by Marsplay Blogger, Mansi Choudhary (@mansi019) that shows you how to dress down for the day and change into something stunning for the night with just a simple white shirt.

Like we said, this wardrobe staple is a game-changer. Scroll down to read about 10 different and effortless ways to style a plain white shirt.

The Bossy Formal Wear Staple

Styling a white shirt for women has never been easier. The classic tailored cut with a fitted collar of a crisp white cotton shirt makes for the best piece of formal wear you can invest in. Pair it up with a pair of black trousers and a blazer and you are good to go for a formal office meeting.

TIP: To ace this look, choose trousers with a fitted silhouette in neutral shades and wear statement shoes like block heels or black boots.

Formal White Shirt

A Feminine Edge to your Formal Wear Collection

Go semi-formal by pairing up a basic white shirt with a pencil skirt. Ditch neutral shades in this case and go for a solid colored skirt with a semi-formal white shirt. Pair it up with classy white heels to finish the look.

White Shirt - Pencil Skirt - Formal Wear

Try a Fusion Look with a White Shirt

Tired of wearing the same ol’ saree or salwar-kameez as traditional wear? Spice up your ethnic wear wardrobe with a plain white shirt. All you need to do is cuff its sleeves and leave the first button undone. Then pair it up with a beautiful and luxurious maxi skirt to create a fusion look.

TIP: To make this ensemble more interesting, wear heavy tassel earrings and necklace, loud lipstick and go for white sneakers instead of heels.

Fusion look with white shirt

Incorporate a Bohemian Touch into your Style

Creating a boho look is super-easy. You just need to know where to start! Pick up a basic white shirt for women and wear it with a pair of colorful printed salwar pants.

TIP: The key to nailing a boho look is by accessorizing the ensemble with heavy junk jewellery and dark lipstick. Add bracelets and anklets to rock the look.

Bohemian Attire

Be Ready for a Date Night with this Classy Piece

Want to look playful, chic and yet a bit different on your date night? A classy white shirt is your answer! Instead of investing in more and more LBDs, try out a maxi denim A-line skirt with a thigh-high slit. This is an absolute celebrity-inspired look that is both glam and elegant. Accessorize with crafty earrings and high heels and you are date night ready!

White shirt - denim skirt look

Embrace your Love for Over-sized Shirts

The love for wearing over-sized shirts never ends and this season again, fashion It girls are totally endorsing it. Beat the heat this summer by wearing an over-sized white shirt for women as a short dress.

TIP: Make sure to cuff its sleeves and finish off the look by wearing a chic fanny pack around your waist. This will help accentuate your waist-line and also add to the drama to this effortless casual look.

Over sized shirt

The Timeless Combo

The Denim Jeans-White Shirt combination has undoubtedly been an everlasting staple. Whether you are running some errands or meeting your friends for brunch, this ensemble will never let you down. Only next time, instead of simply wearing the shirt, tie it up to give it a trendy edge. You can also wear wide-leg denim jeans instead of the usual ones to amp up this attire.

White shirt - denim jeans look

A White Shirt as your Summer Jacket

Create a sporty airport look by layering a casual white shirt over a body-con dress. Tie up the shirt to make it look more fun and wear casual white sneakers to top it off.

Airport Look

The ensemble can be worn as a party attire if you layer the shirt over a crop top. Just wear a netted white shirt over a shiny black crop top and pair it up with a short skirt.

TIP: To glam up this look, make sure the color of the top is of a darker shade. Finish it off with heavy earrings.

Party Wear

Be Summer Ready

Nothing feels better in summer than a simple and light cotton shirt paired up with fashion’s most comfortable bottom wear – culottes! And yes, they look super amazing together. Glam it up with your favorite sunglasses and tie your hair in a top-knot bun.

TIP: Don’t try this look with palazzo pants. Only culottes, people!

Culottes with white shirt

White Shirt as Casual Wear?

Yes, you read it right! Getting ready for college just got easier. Just tuck in a crisp white shirt, roll up its sleeves and team it with a pair of denim shorts. Wear dark ankle-length boots to round off the look.

Casual Wear

Create a playful version of this look by pairing up the shirt with a skater skirt. Accessorize with a chic sling bag.

White shirt with skater skirt

Our obsession with trendy clothes is never-ending. But a classic piece like a tailored white shirt for women is never going to go out of style. Try these different styles yourself let us know which ones you like the most!

For more outfit inspiration, read about –

How to Dress Up for a College/School Farewell Party?

Cotton Kurta – A Perfect Pick for the Summer

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