What to Wear With a White Dress Shirt

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The white shirt: rarely has there ever been a piece of clothing more ubiquitous, or more versatile.

However, the white shirt has gotten a bad wrap lately as being boring, a fashion-less relic left in the dust of all the bright and shiny shirts it spawned. So to debunk that myth EveryGuyed has assembled the following article to show you that with the addition of just a few small elements, you can turn a basic white shirt into the foundation of a brilliant outfit.

The Navy Suit

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Perhaps the most underrated, the most simple, and the most effective combo for a white dress shirt is the classic navy blue suit. Put on a blue navy suit, a crisp white dress shirt and matching tie for that fresh pressed Monday morning look, and drop the tie for a very European casual-chic.

A Sweater & Jeans

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A classic no-fuss, low maintenance look, throw on a pair of jeans, and pull any good clean sweater over the shirt. Though some argue that you shouldn’t tuck a dress shirt into jeans, the tail that a shirt produces can peek out the back and look unpleasantly sloppy, so tuck it in.

This is a great casual choice that can be adapted for any look from young to old, from rich to poor. Just make sure the sweater is a good piece that’s clean and fits slimly but not snugly; also make sure the dress shirt underneath fits just as well, even if you can’t see much of it.

The Herringbone / Tweed Sportcoat

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Rock the schoolteacher look by adding a herringbone or tweed blazer to your white shirt. Leave the shirt open for a casual sort of look; add a touch of prep by throwing on a bow tie; or just channel the spirit of the 1950s and get that Breakfast At Tiffany‘s style with a dark knit tie.

The blazer screams academia and old world class, and pairing them with slacks or jeans can add a level of formality or casualness as needed.

Shorts & Sandals

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An overlooked beach option, combining a white dress shirt with a pair of sandals and swim shorts is a great way to take this shirt from the boardroom to the surfboard. White reflects the heat of the sun, and even a heavy weight white cotton shirt will keep you feeling cool; this is your chance to wear it rumpled, and roll those sleeves up.

A Leather Jacket

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Throw a white shirt under a leather jacket for a James Dean inspired badass look. The key here is to pair the quality of your shirt with the quality of your jacket; we here at EveryGuyed prefer rebel-chic with a won motorcycle jacket and a worn in white shirt.

On It’s Own

The key here is to not over think it. A white dress shirt on its own, paired with a good pair of jeans is a great casual option; pair it with a brown leather belt and a pair of your favorite plimsoles, and you’re good to go.


  • The white shirt is viable for both formal & casual looks.
  • A white shirt when matched with…
  • A navy suit: Creates a classic, clean, professional look.
  • A sweater & jeans: Makes for a great Sunday casual combo. Wearable nearly anywhere.
  • A herringbone or tweed blazer: Results in a surprisingly versatile, academic look.
  • Shorts & sandals: A great casual summer choice.
  • Leather jacket: Can be dressed up, or dressed down.
  • On its own or paired with any of the above, just remember that sometimes a white shirt can always make a variety of statements.


Still looking for shirt suggestions? Need some more look inspirations? Use the comments box below to get involved!


Xiaoli Li
Xiaoli Li is an often-missed former editor at the EveryGuyed network. He's currently working as a freelance writer, and probably yelling at a soccer game somewhere out there.
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