The white silk shirt is a style essential and has long been considered a saviour of both your workday and weekend wardrobe, capable of being dressed up to the nines for a night on the town or dressed down for the most casual of Sunday afternoons. When this Versace Silk Shirt arrived in store, we immediately began creating a mental note of all the ways we would be wearing it. Victoria Beckham has long championed it amongst her most worn items, Alexa Chung knows just how to add a hipster edge to hers and Elle Macpherson knows its power when paired with denim. All hail the white shirt and our favourite five ways to wear it.

Nonchalantly tucked into jeans or leather trousers

When it comes to styling the white shirt, the simplest way is often the sexiest. Make like a French fashion editor at Fashion Week by nonchalantly tucking just the front of your shirt into your black leather skinnies or distressed denim, leaving the back loose if you want to recreate the look so often favoured by Emmanuelle Alt and co. Add a barely-there sandal to complete the look and remember to leave just one too many buttons undone with a peek of the daintiest gold necklace beneath.

Slipped beneath the layers

Part of the white shirt’s appeal is its ability to add a thought-out edge to a simple weekend look. Layer yours beneath a super fine POLO Ralph Lauren knit for a preppy look that is perfect for Sunday lunch at the local country pub or throw it on with a leather jacket and dark blue jeans to perfect the look so often favoured by the effortlessly cool off-duty models that grace the pages of the glossies. AW15 is all about the polo neck and you’ll be surprised how much edgier this classic style can be with the tails of a white silk shirt peeking out from beneath the hem – add a skirt and ankle boots to seal the deal.

Paired with a pencil skirt

Long celebrated by the likes of Victoria Beckham, the white shirt and pencil skirt have forever gone hand-in-hand, making for the perfect office attire from 9 to 5, before being transformed into a bar-ready look with little more than a change of shoes and slick of lipstick. Make the look work for all occasions by switching up your pencil skirt and playing with textures; sequins, denim and leather all put a new spin on a classic style.

Add an edge to jumpsuits and pinafores

The Seventies revival has spanned the last two seasons and its popularity is set to continue long into SS16, bringing with it another summer of jumpsuits and pinafores. Grab some serious style points by making like Alexa Chung and layering your denim pinafore over a sleek white shirt. Heels are a must – go for tan accessories in summer or add simple black boots to toughen the look up for winter.  

Suit up

What could be sexier than a white shirt, cigarette pants and a sleek black tuxedo jacket? If you’re looking for an alternative party look to the usual, this style classic will turn just as many head as the LBD. Add a leopard print heel for a splash of character or stick to black heels and let your wine-hued lips do the talking.

Now that you know how to make the white shirt work for any occasion, all that remains is to incorporate this classic into your wardrobe. Visit Robinsons today to find your perfect style.