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What To Wear With A White Shirt: 8 Ways For Men To Wear A White Shirt With Style

Men's Wardrobe Essentials
Monday, 16th March, 2020

What To Wear With A White Shirt - A Men's Style Guide

A crisp white shirt. Is there a better feeling than putting one of these on?

It’s one of the most simple and basic items of any guys wardrobe, and is completely universal. It may be simple, but it’s also elegant and classic, and can be a key component to dressing well.

I love a good white shirt, but when it comes to creating an outfit, you might be wondering:

What should I wear with a white shirt?

Here are 8 ways to wear a white shirt that any man can pull off with ease.

White Shirt Outfit Ideas For Men

What To Wear With A White Shirt:

  1. White Shirt With A Blazer
  2. White Shirt With Blue Jeans
  3. White Shirt And A Black Leather Jacket Combination
  4. White Shirt Under A V-Neck Jumper
  5. White Shirt With Black Jeans
  6. Wearing A White Shirt With A Suit
  7. White Shirt & Chinos
  8. White Shirt & White Jeans For An All White Outfit

Styling a white shirt with a blazer

White Shirt With A Blazer

If you’re looking for how to wear a smart white shirt, teaming it with a blazer is a great idea.

This becomes a smart casual outfit by wearing the white shirt with jeans. I have finished off the outfit with a pair of black shoes to keep the smart edge.

Since there is no tie, I have left the top button undone, keeping everything on a casual level.

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 Blue Jeans

A white shirt with blue jeans is an absolute classic outfit combination. If you want to wear a white shirt casually, this is a good go to outfit.

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

White Shirt And A Black Leather Jacket

A white shirt and black leather jacket go together so well.

This is a more edgy smart casual outfit, and hits all the right notes. It has more of a rock style to it, but I have paired it with some Air Max trainers to give it a more sporty style.

If you’re going out to a bar or a smart casual event with an edgy vibe, this outfit is a good combination.

smart casual - wearing a white shirt with grey jumper

White Shirt Under A V-Neck Jumper

A V-Neck jumper over a white shirt is a good combination when then temperature drops.

You can layer the white shirt with a good complimenting colour sweater. In this outfit I have chosen a dark grey sweater to go with the white shirt. The two colours go together well, and for my lower half I’ve selected a pair of black jeans.

When it comes to the footwear I have gone for my favourite grey suede Kurt Geiger derby shoes.

White Shirt With Black Jeans

Another classic outfit is to combine a white shirt with black jeans. The two go together so well, with the ultimate in contrast of the black and white working well together.

As shown in the above images, you can throw a jumper or even a jacket over the shirt if you want a more layered look.

This is once again a great smart casual outfit choice. Wear this look around town all year round.

Suit up - wear a white shirt with a suit

White Shirt With A Suit

Wearing a white shirt with a suit is the most formal way of going. You can choose to keep a casual edge by leaving the tie out and going with the top button undone.

I am far more of a smart casual guy than a formal one. If you want a formal outfit with a white shirt, wearing a suit along with a tie is the way to go.

The best which go with a white shirt would be blue or charcoal which work in most situations.

A black suit should be reserved for very formal events or funeral attire.

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.

If you are a guest at a christening, or even godparent, this would be a great choice of clothing. You’ll definitely look the part.

All White Outfit With A White Shirt

Do you dare to go all white?

A complete white out would be very brave, and is usually only reserved for the summer. If you’re attending an all white party it’s the way to go. It might also be acceptable for a stroll along the beach.

One thing is for certain, this is a very casual way of wearing a white shirt. This outfit would usually be worn with a lightweight white shirt such as a linen shirt.

If you’re looking for outfit ideas for white jeans, pairing up with a white shirt is an option which will stand out.

Light chinos - wear a white shirt with beige chinos

White Shirt And Chinos

Finally the last Summer outfit with a white shirt is to wear it with a pair of chinos.

There are many  ways to style chinos, and they make a great alternative to denim jeans.

You can also get chinos in an array of colours, all of which go perfectly with a white shirt. I’ve picked out a beige pair of chinos which gives off a summer and airy feel, perfect for warmer months.

The outfit is finished off with a pair of Converse trainers.

Should You Tuck Your Shirt In Or Not?

Should you tuck your shirt in, or not?

Did you know that some shirts were designed to be tucked in, and others to be worn untucked. This is not a hard and fast rule, but is a really good guideline on whether or not you should tuck in your shirt.

If the hem is quite short and cut straight, this is usually a sign it was designed to be untucked.

If it’s a curved hem and it’s quite long, it’s definitely supposed to be tucked in.

However the biggest factor on deciding whether or not to tuck your shirt in is the occasion.

For a smarter dress code you should tuck it in.

If you’ve gone for a more casual or smart casual look, you may want to leave the shirt untucked.

When you’re wearing a blazer with a shirt, you should almost always tuck in your shirt.

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

How To Wear A White Shirt: A Checklist

  • Button up the shirt for a more formal look, as you un-button the more formal the look gets
  • 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.

How A Shirt Should Fit

As always in fashion, the fit is key. Here’s how a shirt should fit.

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, and you don’t want to be able to grab vast amounts of the shirt and it looking baggy.

The different kinds of fit you’re likely to encounter are:

  • Skinny Fit
  • Slim Fit
  • Tailored Fit
  • Classic
  • Contemporary

You should make sure you get the best fit for your body type. A slim fit works for most body types, while the tailored and classic works

There are plenty of different types of fits for shirts, each brand will fit slightly different. Check out the Men’s Wardrobe Essentials series for more must have clothing.

What To Wear With A White Shirt

  • For a formal outfit pair a white shirt with a suit
  • Throwing a blazer over a white shirt will create a smart casual look
  • Wear chinos and experiment with different colours
  • Pair with shoes for a smarter edge
  • Wear with a pair of trainers for a more relaxed edge

What To Wear With Black Jeans


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