A crisp white poplin shirt is the cornerstone of every woman’s wardrobe. Not the LBD (sure, LBD too, but women do much more than attend luncheons now, you know?). A white shirt is versatile and multifaceted. And despite that, most people can only conjure one-dimensional uses of a white shirt, like wearing it underneath a blazer or over a pair of formal trousers.
There is a need to help the white shirt reach its maximum potential, make it feel modern and definitely, less boring.
Here are three fun, casual ways you can style the same poplin shirt that will sail you through many, many moments of "What do I wear" quandaries.
With a Leather Pleated Skirt
If this look had a name, it would be Carrie Bradshaw. Because how else will you describe an outfit combination that suggests wearing a poplin shirt with a leather pleated skirt from the 90s grunge era? Add some colour to the monochromatic look by slipping into a pair of bright slingback kitten heels (or any heels, really) like the 'Holli Glass' pumps from designer Amina Muaddi that are featured here. To complete the look, throw on a shiny purse featuring macro sequins or a Payette pattern inspired by Carrie's purple Fendi Baguette for some good old glamour. If you're wondering about an occasion to sport this look, the answer is everywhere!
With Bicycle Shorts
Kendall, Hailey, and a group of other supers have made bicycle shorts a mainstay in their off-duty street style. They are flexing their slender, model legs in these shorts and are inspiring us to do the same. For a casual yet supermodel-chic look, we're pairing our crisp white shirts with these shorts which are having a moment right now. Accessorize with an XXL tote or a hobo, or any oversized bag that is perfectly useful for a grocery haul or packing overnight essentials. Throwback shoes like the chunky Spice Girls-inspired sneakers or platform sandals will look great. For some bling, turn toward a pair of rhinestones-encrusted earrings like these.
As an Overshirt
Somewhere out on the Internet, there are pictures of Gigi Hadid in an all-white outfit – white flared leg pants worn with matching oversized white shirt-jacket hybrid – that has inspired this. For a look that can be worn to a brunch, a vacation, and everything in between, use your poplin shirt as an overshirt by rolling up its sleeves. A silk bralette or a ribbed crop top with flared leg pants is great for some midriff flashing. Some pointy sandals and chain-link jewellery will inject glamour into the look, while a raffia handbag will lend it that much-needed vacation vibe.