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What To Wear With A White Shirt – & Ways To Style A Men’s Essential

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017

What To Wear With a White Shirt - A Men's Style Guide: 7 Ways To Wear A White Shirt

When it comes to a guy’s wardrobe essential, the white shirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you’re going to own. Whether it’s button up or button down, it can be an easy to wear item which works with almost everything else you’re likely to own, and can be styled a number of different ways. There’s an almost endless number of outfits which anyone can create using your favourite white shirt as a base. It can be dressed up for a formal look, as well as dressed down for a more laid back smart casual style.

How To Style A White Shirt

Since it’s such a classic piece there’s not really a wrong way to put on a plain white shirt, and it can be worn for every occasion imaginable. From date night to wearing for work, it’s all about picking the right clothes to complete the outfit for the right event, from smart to casual and everything in between.

Are you ready? Check out the 7 ways I have styled the white shirt below.

Styling a white shirt with a blazer

White Shirt With A Blazer

For a smart casual look with the smartest edge, wear a white shirt with a blazer. I have paired it up with a pair of black jeans, and black derby shoes. The open button shirt and no tie keeps the white shirt casual, pairing it with black jeans gives it a smarter edge, and then finishing with some smart shoes as well as the smart jacket gives this kind of look some real style. This outfit choice should be a go to for most guys who are looking to be smart without feeling over-dressed.

smart casual - wear a white shirt with blue jeans

White Shirt With Jeans

An absolute classic outfit combination and something you can pair up your white shirt with is a pair of jeans. I personally feel that the lighter the denim, the more casual the look. I have went for an un-tucked shirt which some people may not agree with, but the purpose of this look was to be more casual. It works well in most weathers, and is pretty universal. I’ve worn it with some black and white Converse to keep this as casual as possible.

casual look - wear a white shirt with leather jacket

With Black Jeans & A Leather Jacket

It’s another classic, and they do say that classics are the best. For a monochrome effect I have paired up the white shirt with a black leather jacket. It’s a biker style and goes so well with a white shirt. Again I have chosen a pair of black jeans to keep the look monochrome, and to add to it further I’ve gone for my favourite Air Max 1 Ultra Moire which are black and white as well. Footwear for this look is interchangeable, and I could have gone for any of my other footwear choices for this look.

smart casual - wearing a white shirt with grey jumper

V-Neck Jumper Over Shirt

When the temperature drops then you’ll want to layer the shirt, and what better way than with a V-neck jumper. I have chosen a dark grey knit, I really love how a white shirt and grey compliment each other, whether it’s a lighter grey or this dark grey which I think works even better. I’m keeping the look dark again with black jeans, and for footwear I have gone for my favourite grey suede Kurt Geiger derby shoes.

Suit up - wear a white shirt with a suit

White Shirt With A Suit

The smartest way you can wear a white shirt is with a good suit. I have gone for a blue suit, and of course the trusted white shirt. For this outfit I have not went with a tie, but you can button up and go with a tie, add in a pocket square and you’re good to go in the ultimate smart outfit. To keep the look smart you have to go with some smart shoes, and I’ve gone with my black derby shoes from Kurt Geiger.

Summer White Party

Do you dare to go all white? A complete white out would be very brave, and it’s a look you should only be thinking about if you’ve been invited to an all-white party, which is entirely possible come the Summer. Not tucking the shirt in keeps it all casual, you may want to roll up those sleeves if the weather dictates too. I’ve went all white with the shirt, white jeans and matched it up with a pair of white Adidas Superstars.

Light chinos - wear a white shirt with beige chinos

White Shirt With Chinos

Finally the last Summer outfit with a white shirt is to wear it with a pair of chinos. Since this is for the Summer I’ve selected a pair of my beige/sand coloured chinos, which really keeps the overall look light and casual. For my footwear I’ve picked out my black and white Converse.

I have to talk about some essentials to wrap this up, so here we go.

To Tuck In, Or Not To Tuck In?

Should you tuck your shirt in, or not? Wearing it loose is definitely a thing to do when you want to appear more laid back and casual, however you have to be careful not to look sloppy. If the shirt has a slightly longer length, you may want to keep it tucked in. A slightly shorter length will mean it can remain un-tucked and not look sloppy. These rules depend on the level of formality, as you’ll always want to keep it tucked in when you’re going for a smarter look, with a smarter outfit choice.

White Shirt Checklist

  • Get The Right Fit For Your Body Shape – Skinny, slim, standard, tailored, or loose.
  • Long sleeves are almost always better, and can be stylishly rolled if needs be.
  • Ensure the rest of the outfit is complimented well with each other
  • Make sure it’s ironed – A crispy white shirt looks and feels it’s best when it’s ironed
  • Make sure it’s clean – It’s white, so imperfections are easier to notice. Make sure it’s fresh and clean when you put it on.

Quick Style Guide: How A Shirt Should Fit

As always, the fit is key. There’s some really easy basic points you can check to make sure your shirt fits. First of all check the shoulders, make sure the fit is good at that point. Next up make sure that there’s slight room in the collar, you should be able to fit your fingers around the collar, but there shouldn’t be enough room for much else. This ensures a nice fit around the neck, not baggy and not too tight. Lastly make sure the front of the shirt is a nice fit. You don’t want the buttons to be bulging, but equally you don’t want to be able to grab vast amounts of the shirt and it looking baggy.

There are plenty of different types of fits for shirts, each will fit slightly different. From skinny fit, slim, slightly fitted, tailored and a more classic or traditional fit. For the ultimate in fitting you can of course go to a tailor, but if you’re just looking for an off the peg solution, buying the correct size and fit is the usual way for most guys to buy a shirt.

That’s my 7 ways to wear a white shirt, with thousands of other combinations, these are just a few I’ve picked out and try to diversify the looks for something a bit different in each one. As always you can get more of my men’s style tips in more detail, covering all aspects of fashion and clothing with plenty of guides.

Which is your favourite? Let me know if it’s one of these, or how you like to style a white shirt.


Michael Adams

About Michael

Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

  1. Stuart Forster Said,

    In a world of infinite complexity a white or, for that matter, plain black shirt can prove an elegant and inspired choice.

    posted on Monday 27th March, 2017 at 23:38
  2. Keith Said,

    Good afternoon, my partner and I are visiting Newcastle this weekend and I was wondering if you could pass on some tips for eating out and some cool bars for after dinner drinks. I’m not interested in being around stag or hen do’s and would prefer an area with plenty of bars, to save walking around.

    Thanks in advance

    Keith

    posted on Tuesday 11th April, 2017 at 13:16
  3. Michael Said,

    Hi Keith,
    This is actually a post for tips and advice on what to wear with a white shirt. As for bars, we have lots of different areas, you can check them all out here – https://www.michael84.co.uk/newcastle-bars/ There is a map at the bottom of the page. You’ll possibly run into stag/hens as there’s many going to a variety of bars and areas. Maybe you want to head down to the Quayside and try bars such as Tiger Hornsby, or try around Grey Street in the centre where you’ll find places such as Browns, Barluga, Harry’s on Grey Street, with bars like Bacchus and Pleased To Meet You on High Bridge, Lola Jeans and dAT bAR on Markey Street.

    Thanks,
    Michael

    posted on Tuesday 11th April, 2017 at 22:17
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