Whether you’re looking for how to dress up a white shirt with black pants, or with jeans this quick post will give you 6 easy ways you can style up your outfit from items you may already own in your closet.
I love white shirts. I can wear them with jeans, pants, a miniskirt, shorts, over a swimsuit, the options feel limitless. How you dress up your white shirt can give you more verstaility wearing it to work, or to a casual event, or even a date.
How to dress up a white shirt with easy looks from items in your closet
The best place to start, is with items you already own. These 6 looks were pulled from items I already own to give you ideas and inspiration.
Add a pussy bow
Traditionally pussy bows are often paired with blouses. But eh, that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the look with your shirt. To pull this look off, simply grab a long fabric tie you may have in your closet from either a waist tie for a dress, or a belt for a skirt or pant. Make sure it doesn’t have any embellishments. Tie it in a big bow under the collar of your shirt.
I love this look because it instantly makes me feel chic and makes an otherwise plain shirt more fun.
Pair your white shirt with a patterned shirt
Pick a patterned shirt, throw it on top, leave the top couple of buttons, unbuttoned and tuck in the bottom half into your jeans or pants. In this look I opted for a plaid shirt with a lot of white but I encourage you to experiment with other prints. I recommend picking a simple and bold print with a white background so it’s not too jarring.
The added bonus is this is great for layering in the winter and super fun for an easy way to take your shirt from unremarkable to look at that!
Undo the buttons and pin your shirt with a brooch
Brooches are one of those things you find plenty of in garage sales, thrift stores or a stylish older relative’s closet. They used to be pretty popular for wearing with scarves, so why not repurpose them into a cool way to button up your shirt?
With this look, I’d leave the first three to four buttons undone, and pin the collar button, giving it a peek-a-boo feel. Alternatively, You could also pin all the buttons and add the brooch for flair.
White Shirt + scarf neck tie
I like collecting silk scarves (I used them three different ways in this post) and always keep an eye out for them when I’m thrifting, or at antique sales. I love the warmth they give in fall and winter, and the feel on my neck is just divine. Quite simply once you get used to them it can quickly become a little luxury you prefer too.
One of my favorite ways to wear silk scarves is in my neck (or hair). So why not style a white shirt with a cute little scarf neck tie?
Once again, I play with unbuttoning a little low, and add the neck tie as a way to cover up. It’s at once cheeky and eye-catching pop from the colors contrasting against the starchness of the white shirt. Plus the feel of the silk against your neck versus the cotton of the shirt is divine.
Add a collar necklace
Collar necklaces are pretty popular. I admittedly don’t own one, but I do have this little simple necklace (that suprise, I’ve also used as a headband 🙂 ). If I need an easy way to dress up a shirt this is a no-brainer. Itcan take you from a plain outfit, to an outfit that’s a little more remarkable. You can also pull this look of with a choker or collar bone necklace.
Borrow from the boys with an ascot tie
Ascot ties on men always look so dapper, so why not borrow from the boys? For this look I took a bigger scarf, one that doubles as my winter scarf, tied it and tucked it into my shirt to allow the bulky peak of an ascot tie.
It’s a super easy look to pull,fold the scarf, then tie it at you neck and tuck it in. Voilà!
Silk scarf as a big and poofy choker (Or how else would you describe it?)
The only way I can describe this look is to call it a scarf masquerading as a choker. If the scarves you have in your closet tend to be longer, think about pairing them with your white shirt and making your neck a focal point.
I love how the scarf draws attention to my neck and ultimately face.
Save these ideas to your Pinterest board
Here’s an infographic with all these looks to pin as a reminder next time you’re looking for ideas.
How do you dress up your white shirt and jeans or pants?
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