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1 white shirt, 7 different looks: we show you how

The classic white shirt is a versatile piece that can be worn through all 4 seasons but its flexibility also allows you to wear it throughout the week. Dress it up or down, we've got tips for you
 

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A neatly pressed white cotton shirt is just as remarkable as a black blazer. The holy grail of all shirts, its flexibility allows us to ascertain maximum impact with minimal effort in the mornings. This timeless classic is the foundation of many an attire. It can make your office wear polished and sleeksimply pair it with a pant-suit or a midi skirt for boardroom meetings. Or, it can serve as an ultra-casual basic that’s suitable for bars and brunches on the weekends. Knot the hem up and pair it with denim shorts, sandals and a straw bag for a sprightly effect.

Here’s how we style this handy piece with trendy accompaniments for a week’s worth. We used the Japanese cotton Oxford button-down shirt by A.P.C., €155 (S$247).

 

Monday

Beat the blues by sharpening up in a sleek tailored suit. Don’t go too crazy with the colour palette yet, it’s Monday after all. Tone it down with neutral hues. Add a splash of carmine red and navy blue with your accessories to liven up the look.

Get the look:

Blazer: Double-breasted blazer by Zara, S$179

Pants: Flared pants by Zara, S$99.90

Shoes: Metallic leather trim and velvet pumps by Malone Souliers, £475 (S$835), via Net-a-Porter

Bag: Leather crossbody bag with top handle by Gucci, US$2,511 (S$3,422), via Matchesfashion

 

Tuesday

The unpleasing trinity of a shirt, a skirt and a pair of flats can make you look like an OL. Avoid that association by donning flats that come with interesting prints. The right jewels count too, such as a pair of eye-catching shell earrings and an elegant cuff.

Get the look:

Skirt: Wool midi skirt by H&M Studio, S$219

Shoes: Floral brocade pointed-toe flats by Rochas, US$605 (S$825), via Matchesfashion

Bag: Textured leather top-handle bag by Valextra, US$2,820 (S$3,847), via Moda Operandi

Earrings: Gold-plated puka shell ear studs by Tohum, £125 (S$219), via Net-a-Porter

Bracelet: Gold-plated peacock cuff by Joelle Kharrat, US$326 (S$445), via Matchesfashion

 

Wednesday

Make a mark by mid-week with a pair of bright and bold trousers. Keep the rest of your accessories simple and chic by choosing complementary colours — shades of burgundy and brown are your best bet.

Get the look:

Pants: Stretch-crepe flared pants by Diane von Furstenberg, £390 (S$685), via Net-a-Porter

Shoes: Asymmetrical top-line pumps by Charles & Keith, S$49.90

Bag: Leather and suede shoulder bag by Chloé, £1,250 (S$2,198), via Net-a-Porter

Earrings: Gold-plated mismatch earrings by Alighieri, £350 (S$616)

 

Thursday

Look forward to the weekend with a sophisticated pencil-meets-midi skirt, like this piece that comes in a cool crinkled-satin fabric. Exude confidence with a comfortable pair of block-heeled strappy sandals and a statement work bag.

Get the look:

Skirt: Crinkled satin midi skirt with belt detail by Ann Demeulemeester, £570 (S$1,003), via Net-a-Porter

Shoes: Block heeled sandals by Charles & Keith, S$46.90

Bag: Leather medium-sized “Horizon” bag by Givenchy, S$3,590

Necklace: 9kt gold and diamond circular necklace by Aliita, S$469, via Mytheresa

 

Friday

Celebrate Casual (and comfortable) Friday with jeans, sneakers and an oversized tote large enough to store your dancing heels — they’ll come in handy when you head for happy hour.

Get the look:

Jeans: High-waisted cigarette jeans by Uniqlo, S$59.90

Shoes: Leather velcro sneakers by Isabel Marant, €320 (S$510), via Mytheresa

Bag: Striped crinkled leather tote bag by Balenciaga, £855 (S$1,504), via Net-a-Porter

Hat: Red wool baker boy cap by Ruslan Baginskiy, S$235, via Brownsfashion

 

Saturday

Glam up your fresh white shirt when you head to the bar by wearing it under a metallic dress and slipping into a bold pair of mules — they are perfect for a night out with your girlfriends. Add a pair of mismatched earrings for an interesting twist to the overall look.

Get the look:

Dress: Striped metallic thread dress by Zara, S$69.90

Shoes: Crocodile embossed patent leather mules by Sies Marjan, €695 (S$1,107), via Mytheresa

Bag: Small leather nubuck leather tote by Theory, £300 (S$528), via Net-a-Porter

Earrings: Semi-precious stone mismatched earrings by Charles & Keith, S$24.90

 

Sunday

Hit your favourite brunch spot in a relaxed pair of denim shorts, stylised with a pair of sandals, straw tote and sunglasses to keep yourself cool in the heat. Wear a bracelet as an anklet for an interesting touch.

Get the look:

Shorts: Frayed denim short by Mother, £160 (S$281), via Net-a-Porter

Shoes: Leather crisscross buckled sandals by Marni, S$1,012, via Farfetch

Bag: Straw “Sun” tote by Nannacay, US$230 (S$313), via Shopbop

Bracelet: Bubble bracelet with flamingo print by Brinker & Eliza, US$108 (S$147)

Sunglasses: Tortoise-shell acetate sunglasses by Karen Walker, S$291, via Farfetch

 

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