How to Wear One White Shirt, Five Different Ways

We may be pulling out the long sleeve sweaters, but one clothing staple remains the same. The white shirt.

Not sure how to style and re-style a white shirt? Here is how to wear one white shirt, five different ways.

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White Shirt

A white shirt is a must-have in any wardrobe.

Whether worn by itself or layered with other pieces, you cannot go wrong with a white shirt.

I do have a few personal criteria in choosing my white shirt. I love a white shirt that is longer in the back than the front with a crisp collar yet made of a super soft fabric.

And, I want something washable. (I am a HUGE Earth Breeze Laundry Sheet fan. Check it out here!)

Admittedly, I have several white shirts lined up in my closet but this one is my favorite. I try not to rely so heavily on one piece. However, this shirt gets worn again and again and it has held up its part of the bargain. It is a forever go-to in my closet.

As we jump into fall (Yay!), and the season of adding layers, I thought I would share how to wear one white shirt five different ways.

Here we go…

White Shirt Solution #1 – Mad for Plaid

White Shirt with Green and Blue Buffalo Plaid cardigan with hood.
Available in multiple color combos, you can see this here.

Plaid is really having a moment and a buffalo plaid is an absolute win. In this case, a boyfriend-style cardigan (with a hood!) gives the white shirt a soft suiting look. Throw on jeans or leggings and you are ready for the day!

#2 – Bring out the Animals

From the waist up, this look screams “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.” (This is actually a GREAT thing! Truly!)

However, by adding a pair of animal print slim pants into the mix, Mr. Rogers has taken a trip to the zoo!

Gold readers, some slip-on loafers, and a puffy crossbody bag completes the look.

Heck! Let’s go to the zoo!

By the way, I have a tendency to turn handbags into alternate purpose objects. Click here to see how I turned a handbag into a door hanging!

#3 – Release Your Inner Rock Star

Moto jacket for the win! (This is my “Mild Mannered Music Teacher Goes Rock N’ Roll” look!)

And while any moto jacket is awesome, going for one with strong color is a double win!

I generally don’t tuck in shirts or blouses and truly love the look of a shirttail hanging beyond the jacket length. Wear with some leggings and boots for a full-out rocker vibe. Additionally, throw on some funky earrings that bring out the color in the jacket.

Then, when you finished “rocking out”, you can slip on some comfy, white sneakers!

#4 Menswear Inspiration

White shirt with glen plaid pants with red side stripe.
You can see the pants. here. Bonus, they are on SUPER sale!

I know I said I don’t tuck in shirts. Well, I will do a half-tuck!

The shirt stands alone here but gets a menswear boost with these glen plaid wide-leg pants. While still very professional in nature, the red side stripe gives the pants a sporty, relaxed look.

Loafers for work. Sneakers for play. This works 24/7!

#5 Keep It Simple

White shirt with jeans.
Another great sale item, you can see the boyfriend jeans here.

Sometimes simple is best. After putting on your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and sliding into some espadrille mules, you are ready for whatever Monday through Sunday brings your way!

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Because you asked…

Here are the mules! Just plain, comfy fun!

Mule slide shoes.
You can see the espadrille mules here.

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