It’s a classic wardrobe staple, we’ve all got at least one in our cupboard. But this season, the white shirt has been elevated to statement item, thanks to some clever layering and unexpected pairing.

The reincarnation of the basic white shirt is a bold one, with sculptural shapes, daring cutouts and exaggerated cuts making their marks. The lines are modern and minimal and the layering is extreme.

Here are some tips on how to dress your white shirt…

Workweek sorted

A new-season white shirt is an easy way to add a chic statement to your workweek wardrobe. For office hours, choose styles with a modern twist: an unexpected detail is an easy way to add sophistication to a simple look. Or go for a shirt-dress. Wear it over tailored, flared pants for the office, or layer a sleeveless summer top.

Love your layers

For a chic weekend statement, integrate an unusual style into your wardrobe for added style points. We love the back-to-front cut, the off-the-shoulder and a cross-over backless shirt. Or, wear a structured-style shirt over this-seasons silk kimonos or long-line jackets.

Throw out your old rules

This season it’s all about being daring. Hitting the town? Layer a shirt-dress over a metallic mini for an unexpected match. Take your white shirt out for drinks by pairing a slim-cut shirt with a mid-length cocktail dress. The preppy-sexy combination is perfect for the winter/spring season, and a great way to conquer original layering. You’ll be surprised at how versatile it can be!

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