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A white shirt is for every occasion

Today's post is something a little bit different. Rather than introducing you to lots of new items and styling them once, I'm going to show you five ways that I would style a white shirt, all in the name of reducing cost per wear. It should come as no surprise that the shirt I've chosen is the oversized tailored white shirt from COS. In the interest of not wanting to repeat myself, I'll refer you to my COS: best of the basics blog post, where I preach at length about why this white shirt is the one for me.


The corporate girly

This first look is one of my favourites, which is out of character considering there is a pop of colour. I've kept the rest of the outfit very neutral (surprise, surprise), by pairing the shirt with this Weekday suit and trouser set. I think Weekday do boxy tailoring so well, and their suits are a great high-street alternative to The Frankie Shop (all hail). I've been after a charcoal suit for ages and I keep coming back to this one. I haven't quite taken the plunge yet, but I think Weekday is a great in-between price point; I trust the quality of the pieces, but it's still more affordable than COS or Arket.

For shoes, I've opted for my trusty New Balance 530s as I wear these almost every day, and I think chunky trainers are a great way to dress down a suit. Because of the collars on the shirt and blazer, I've gone for a simple yet chunky necklace from Missoma, so it's not too busy but still makes a bit of a statement. For earrings, I would wear my female figure earrings from Lara Stafford Deitsch because these are my absolute faves. Because this is a work outfit, I paired it with my COS work bag (similar linked here) and Ace & Tate glasses. I've added in a claw clip because I always think it's nice to have your hair out of the way if there are multiple collars involved. Finally, to brighten up the look, I would wear this cobalt blue scarf from COS on top.


The summer city break

This is one of the more casual ways I would style this shirt. Keeping this look very simple, I would wear a white shirt open over this black bandeau dress from Weekday. This one is ribbed as I couldn't find a seamless version (other than the infamous Skims slip dress, but I'm in no position to splash £75 on it). I imagine this look with a slick back bun and my staple sunnies from Le Specs, with these super chunky gold hoops from COS. Because this look is so simple, especially around the neckline, I've opted for this chunky gold pearl necklace from Astrid & Miyu to add some interest. In keeping with the summer feel of this outfit, I've gone for this woven net bag and black flatform sandals from Mango, which are a great dupe of the pair from The Row.


The brunch meeting

For this outfit, we're layering. Not only do I love the look of layering basics, but it's great for transitional dressing (and sweaty girls). Whenever I layer a shirt under a jumper or sweater vest it gives me 'geek chic' vibes, hence the glasses. My knit of choice is this wool-blend boxy jumper from H&M, and I've chosen a boxy black blazer from Weekday to throw on over the top. To tie in the black, I've gone for my trusty COS leather crossbody bag (similar linked here), and for shoes, I would wear my favourites of the season, the beige suede Adidas Hamburgs.

For bottoms, I've selected my (intentional) ankle-grazing straight jeans from COS. I would usually go for a wide-leg slouchy denim, but because the shirt, jumper, and blazer are all oversized, I didn't want to lose too much shape. I've kept the jewellery gold and simple as per, but I do like the addition of the pearl earrings, again, just adding a bit of interest in an otherwise everyday outfit. Although this outfit is intended to be for a casual brunch meeting, if you wanted to wear this to the office, you could swap the jeans for a pair of tailored black trousers.


The dinner date

Aside from the first look, this is up there as a favourite. Something about this outfit just speaks to me, if I may say so myself. There's nothing I love more than a dinner with the girls, and normally I'm a blazer and jeans kind of girl, but this is a little different and a bit dressier. I would tuck half of the white shirt into this black satin skirt from Mango so that you don't completely lose the waist.

Because I love to layer I've opted for a beige blazer from Weekday, as we've established this is how I get my The Frankie Shop fix. Although I don't own any (yet), I think wearing knee-high heeled boots with a midi skirt is such a look, and these black leather ones from Mango are in my basket as we speak. It's also a good way of keeping warm while wearing a skirt in winter and still looking chic. My go-to bag for the evening is my black Coach tabby; I'm not usually a fan of branded bags but as this one is a 'C' and gold, I can get past it. For the earrings and ring, I've gone for a couple of pieces from the Missoma 'molten' range, and for the necklace, I've tied in the pearls from the ring, with the pendant. Lastly, I would chuck my black and beige striped Arket scarf over the top.


The beach day

The last outfit is one for the summer months. POV: it's a UK summer, the rain has finally stopped and it's the only week in the year where the temperature reaches 30 degrees. Realistically I would not be wearing more than one layer in a heatwave, but beauty is pain, and I think this outfit is still a chic option. I always struggle with dressing for the warmer weather, firstly because I love layering, and secondly because my name is Chloe, and I have a jacket addiction. That being said, I think accessorising is the best way to elevate a very basic outfit, so I've taken what would otherwise just be a racer vest and shorts and made it something more.

Because I've added the white shirt on top of this Arket racer vest, instead of going for denim shorts which are quite thick, I've swapped them for this pair of Arket linen shorts. Sticking with the Arket theme, I would also take the classic tote with me as it's big enough to pack a book and copious amounts of spf, and I wouldn't mind too much if it got a bit sandy because you can just chuck it in the washing machine. In the interest of sun protection (not just because I think it's cute), I've gone for this &otherstories woven bucket hat, because I think the natural texture ties in well with the linen shorts, and it makes a nice change from a cap. I would keep the jewellery really simple for this look and wear my classic tortoiseshell Le Specs. Lastly, for shoes, I would pair the Mango sandals again as they're easy to slip on and off but they look more put together than your everyday flip-flop.


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