It's a well-known fact that the white button down is the staple of every closet. Whether you're looking for a casual outfit or one for work, whether you're going for a girls day out or on a date, whether you need to showcase your new earrings or a statement necklace, whether you need top wear for a bright palazzo or a dark pant, whether you need to dress up or dress down, the white shirt is ready to work it's magic on you.
A classic, the white shirt has been my savior on plenty of occasions. Due to the basic nature of the shirt, it can be styled in a number of ways. Although, I'll admit, my favorite way of styling the shirt is with blue jeans and a statement necklace. However, to show you the versatility of the understated white shirt, here are a few ways in which you can style them.
Pair your white shirt with a printed palazzo and add a statement earring or necklace to complete the look. Here, I chose a black palazzo with mustard, beige and orange floral patterns on it. I donned an orange handbag and self-made orange tassel earrings. Yellow tinted sunglasses completed the look. You can choose a palazzo of any color, not necessarily a warm color. A palazzo of a cool color like green, blue or purple will also work very well with a white shirt. I carried this look while in Mcleodganj in Himachal Pradesh. You can find my guide to the city here.
If you're going out to the beach, an outdoor lunch, or visiting a nearby cafe with your friends, you will be looking for a casual outfit. Wear your white shirt with shorts and sneakers. Depending on whether you want to amp up the outfit or keep it simple, you can accentuate the look with a bright neck piece or skip any heavy accessorizing. I chose to pair my shirt with simple blue denim shorts, blue sneakers and a yellow neck piece. Alternately, a bright pink neck piece will brighten up the look as well. Add sunglasses to finish the look.
Jeans and a Jacket
As mentioned earlier, this is my favorite look involving a white shirt. For a hassle free, simple and cool look, sport your white shirt with blue jeans, a blue denim jacket and sneakers. You can add yellow or golden earrings to accentuate the outfit. I would avoid wearing a necklace as most of it would be hidden by the jacket. Skip the jacket if you want to highlight your necklace. It's a smart chic look that can be put together within minutes. I chose to wear this outfit while roaming around Manali city.
You don't necessarily need a printed palazzo to go with a white shirt. A solid palazzo or pant along with the right accessories can work wonders. I chose to pair my navy blue plain palazzo with a white shirt having blue polka dots on it. To this, I added rustic-looking afghani earrings and a handbag in a contrasting color. When it got sunny, I put on my yellow tinted sunglasses. I wore this outfit while sightseeing Dharamshala city in Himachal Pradesh.