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If you’re thinking wardrobe staples, the one piece that is not just a classic but a must have is a white button-down shirt. Even celebrity stylists (we’re talking the likes of Erin Walsh, stylist to Sarah Jessica Parker) have mentioned that a white shirt is a closet essential. IMO, you should have 5 button-downs in white depending on style and fabric, but if not that’s alright. The true trait of a stylista is to work with a single piece no matter what the occasion. And in case you’re wondering how you can style a white button-down in more than one way…there are SO many ideas that we can come up with. Nonetheless, for starters we’ll stick to 3 super fun ways that are ideal for the season. Read on…


Layer Over Co-ordinated Separates


If you’re familiar with the fashion circuit, the one woman whose style is minimal yet perfect is British Vogue’s Fashion Features Director Sarah Harris. The grey-haired fashionista works basic pieces like a pro. Take for instance this white shirt. Cop her look by tying up a white-button down shirt (that has a long slit) layered over co-ordinated separates. While Harris has worked it over black separates, you can opt for a pop coloured piece provided that’s your style and you want to stand out. Don’t own a co-ord piece? Simple! Work it over a structured jumpsuit.

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Work With Shorts


White shirts with shorts is a legit styling option. You can keep it casual by partially tucking it into a pair of plain or ripped denim shorts. Add a structured jacket over this ensemble for an androgynous look. If glam is your thang, you can wear a pair of shimmery shorts in the day by working it with a loosely tucked-in button down. Looking to go for a dramatic vibe? Team up the white shirt with a pair of metallic shorts and layer it with a summer jacket cinched with a belt.

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Style With A Dramatic Skirt


In case you’re looking to keep it a little feminine this summer, team up your white shirt with a skirt. Take a cue from British model Tali Lennox who works the look pretty well by wearing a white button-down shirt with a slightly ruffled blush skirt. I like how she’s tied a knot to the shirt to give it a relaxed feel. Is amped-up your style? Work the white shirt with a asymmetrical hem skirt for an uber-girly touch to the look. If none of these match up with your personality, go for something simple. Sport a printed skirt (gingham, graphic, whatever you like) with your button-down.

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