The white dress shirt has got to be one of the most worthwhile staple pieces in any woman’s wardrobe. It is a blank slate that can be worn with your favourite pair of jeans, with sneakers or a pair of heels, with dress pants or a full skirt… the options truly are limitless.
This shirt is perfect if you are aiming for the minimalistic look. However, if you also want to add just the right touch of glam to your outfit, accessories are the way to go. Adding accessories can make your white dress shirt come to life and magically go from understated to statement-making.
Below are our favourite ways to play around with this versatile fashion piece.
Style your white dress shirt with a Scarf
There’s nothing like a beautiful scarf to accentuate your white dress shirt, add a dash of colour and flaunt some attitude. Scarves come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and patterns but there is one thing that is true to all of them: they all combine well with the white dress shirt.
Pick longer, thicker scarves during the fall and winter months and lighter, shorter ones for the warmer season. A bright coloured scarf is perfect to make a playful spring or summer statement.
Show Your Class With Cufflinks
Cufflinks are another great way to add personalisation to your look in an instant. These accessories have more power than you may first think. Small details make a BIG difference which is why you should think of cufflinks as an essential and valuable styling opportunity.
If you want to wear cufflinks, you need to make sure that your white dress shirt has cuff holes. Look for a shirt with either French cuffs or convertible cuffs.
French cuff shirt features a double-long cuff that folds back over itself. There are no buttons just buttonholes that should be aligned to be closed with cufflinks. For more detailed information about French cuff shirts read our previous article “Why, When and How to Wear Women’s French Cuff Shirts”.
The second option, convertible cuff, is a lesser known cuff style that you can wear with a button or with cufflinks. Unlike a French cuff, it only has a single layer and features an extra buttonhole where a cufflink can be threaded through. One cuff, two styles.
Women’s dress shirts with convertible cuffs are not easy to find but if you need one, check out Ella Hopfeldt’s dress shirt collection – all of the shirts have either convertible of French cuffs.
Stand Out With a Bow Tie
Many women think of bow ties as men’s accessories but in reality, women have been stealing the look for years. This small accessory has been adopted by the fashion-conscious women and given a feminine twist since the beginning of the twentieth century.
Bow ties have a chic attitude, they are fun, refreshing and make you stand out in the crowd. From the classic black bow tie to the lavish one with floral pattern, rock them proudly on your favourite white dress shirt.
Any occasion can be a bow tie occasion – days in the office, nights out, birthday parties, grand openings, family feasts, you name it – a bow tie works.
Pearls are different from all other gems – they don’t sparkle, they cast a soft glow which is very face flattering. They are a little old school, but their subtle gleam suggests elegance, quality and an innate simplicity.
A white shirt and pearls worn close to the face is as good as carrying around your own personal spotlight. You can either choose to wear a beautiful pearl choker or a long strand of pearls, plus anything in between. Don’t forget the matching earrings or bracelet to go with the necklace. Both of these will enhance the look of not only the pearl necklace but the rest of your outfit.
Roll up your Sleeves
Rolling up your sleeves is a stylistic expression that gives a youthful and cool look to your outfit. There are several different ways to roll up your sleeve but if you want a neat and stylish outcome, we recommend the master roll (also called the Italian roll).
For the master roll undo your cuff buttons and fold up your sleeve until the end of the cuff hits just below your elbow. Smooth any creases or folds in the fabric and roll from the bottom end of the sleeve once more to cover the cuff. Leave the top end of the cuff exposed.
The master roll is particularly eye catching when your white dress shirt has contrast lining or design pattern on the inside of the cuff. Click to read more on rolling up your dress shirt sleeves.