The white shirt belongs in everyone’s closet, regardless of your job or lifestyle. But the white shirt is…well…safe. Sure, you can always dress it up with a statement necklace or a knife-sharp suit, but it becomes inevitable that you’ll grow tired of them. That’s why we are coveting these white shirts with a little upgrade. Not only do they feel fresh, they all have a little something about them that makes them so much more than a boring white shirt.
1. Shirt, $43.90, from Warehouse at Zalora
What’s the upgrade: From afar, it looks like a plain white shirt, but get up close and you start to see the pretty embroidery cut-outs gently floating across the shirtfront. It’s a great way of showing a little cheeky skin without getting flagged.
2. Shirt, $59.90, from Halo at Zalora
What’s the upgrade: This design is unapologetically and all-out feminine. With its oversized sleeves and the sheer lace fabric, it’s both prim and a little sexy at the same time.
3. Shirt, $29, from Pomelo
What’s the upgrade: Speaking of oversized sleeves, this design offers a less frou-frou but equally fab option. With a more androgynous cut, the fun comes in by way of oversized flared sleeves.
4. Shirt, $44, from Pomelo
What’s the upgrade: Basically, this is your new dressed-down shirt. With the knotted front and the slim-fitted shirt, it’s frivolously fun and flattering.
5. Shirt, $59.90, from Mango
What’s the upgrade: If the workplace is a jungle, best dress for the occasion. The front patch pockets give this shirt a more utilitarian, almost safari-inspired vibe, which is countered by the floaty fabric.
6. Shirt, $59.90, from Mango
What’s the upgrade: Banish the scratchy, see-through cottons for a shirt in a more luxe fabric! What do we have in mind? This silky shirt that’s equal parts wearable and fancy.
7. Shirt, $55.90, from Zara
What’s the upgrade: Black piping on white shirts have a tendency to look like pyjama tops, but this one deftly steers away from that territory. The trimmed collar and seamlines all help make it feel a bit more tailored and less “I just woke up”.
8. Shirt, $55.90, from Zara
What’s the upgrade: Frankly, we’ve already added this to our cart. It’s a white shirt that’s basic enough to be worn with your blazers or your office slacks, but that added texture from the patched pocket is a fantastic way of adding a little upgrade to a closet classic.
9. Shirt, $63.90, from Dorothy Perkins
What’s the upgrade: It’s pretty obvious, but the florals are what makes this shirt pop. And as we move into a season where colours get duller and prints get heavier, it’s nice to inject some levity into your regular wardrobe programming.
10. Shirt, $63.90, from Dorothy Perkins
What’s the upgrade: The sporty trim down the sides definitely helps make this white shirt a bit more interesting, but doesn’t detract from your overall professional look.
11. Shirt, $24.95, from H&M
What’s the upgrade: Checks are pretty big this season, so join the bandwagon with a boyfriend shirt that comes in a monochrome checkered fabric.
12. Shirt, $59.90, from H&M
What’s the upgrade: Yes, the shirt looks plain now, but it all depends on how you wear it. What do we mean? Look at the sleeves and how they include a drawstring on the inside seam, and toggle them around to your liking. You can make them puffier and more ballooned or leave them undone and loose, your pick.