20 Perfect Outfits With a Button-Down White Shirt

There are few wardrobe pieces that we rely on more than the classic white button-down shirt. Whether in crisp cotton, cool linen, or soft silk, its tailored silhouette adds a clean, chic modern look to our outfits. The classic white button-down is versatile — just as suitable for the office as for casual weekends or going out in the evening. That's why it's also a true street style favorite. We've rounded up our favorite street style outfits with a white shirt to inspire you to wear this go-to closet piece in your daily wardrobe.

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Street Style Outfit With a Puffer Coat

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A white shirt and black jeans look fresh when you add a colorful puffer jacket. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Sometimes, all it takes to elevate a classic outfit and make it look special is the addition of a single on-trend piece. Here's a street style look that starts with go-to black jeans and a basic white shirt, then gets a surprisingly modern boost with the addition of this year's favorite winter coat, the puffer coat. Wear with a designer belt and shiny black ankle boots, as pictured, for uptown style. Or, you could go with basic sneakers for a more unstudied weekend look.

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Sexy Party Look in a Sheer White Shirt

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Tuck a white blouse into a sexy mini for a night-out look. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Sheer dressing has been a huge trend this year, challenging those of us who love looking fashionable, but tend toward more modest dressing. Here's a great example of how you can wear the sheer trend to look sexy, without feeling like you're showing too much. A filmy white blouse worn over a bra (or a camisole for the more modest) is the perfect party outfit match for a lacy mini-skirt and tall leather boots.

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Downtown Outfit in a Denim Skirt

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Dressed up denim mini-skirt outfit with a classic white shirt. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Here's a great outfit for warmer days when you're heading to brunch with the girls, or want to look fabulous for a day spent shopping downtown. Simply tuck in a classic women's white shirt to your favorite denim mini-skirt, and wear with a cute pair of flat sandals and a clutch big enough to hold your essentials.

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Standout Style in Stripes

Street style outfit in white shirt and striped skirt
Bold stripes are brought down to Earth by a classic white button-down shirt. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

When you'll be wearing a bright, bold or otherwise unique fashion separate, it's wise to style it with basics that won't compete for attention. Here, a trendy striped skirt is balanced by a simple white, button-up shirt and basic sneakers. Style it with a casual bag and a cute brooch at the neck, as pictured, for a twee style that radiates youth. Or, leave the top few buttons of the shirt undone and wear with a nude clutch and gold sandals, for a more feminine look.

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Elegant Black and White Outfit

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Black white and fashionable all over in a white shirt and black trousers. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

If you think only wait staff should wear black pants and a white top to a party, we're here to challenge you to think again. As pictured here, you can create a fabulously elegant outfit in these separates, as long as you get the proportions exactly right. Here, a white blouse with special detailing at the arms and hem, is tucked snugly into a pair of high-waisted black pants that show off your curves and waistline. Strappy sandals give you a boost in height, white adding sexiness to this chic, streamlined evening outfit.

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Pin-Up Style in Polka Dots

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Date ready in polka dots and a white shirt. Timur Emek/Getty Images

We love this adorable street style outfit that would work just as well for the office, as on a daytime date. A classic white shirt pairs with a flirty, A-line, dark polka-dot skirt, for an outfit that's as pretty as it is polished. Wear it with red shoes and bright lipstick, as seen here, for a pop of pin-up style that works perfectly with the polka dots.

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Waist-Flaunting Look

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Street style chic in a belted white button-down shirt. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's a foolproof fashion formula for pulling together basic separates, and creating an instantly fashionable outfit. A long white shirt worn casually untucked, gets cinched with a stylish elasticated belt to highlight your slimmest point when you're wearing easy black pants. Add a textured overcoat and a structural handbag, as pictured here, and you're ready for everything from client meetings to gallery openings.

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Chic Weekend Outfit in Jeans

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Perfect weekend outfit in jeans and white shirt. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Ever since the boyfriend jeans trend made its original big splash in the first decade of this century, this denim style has been a staple of celebrity style and fashion blogs. Long considered a weekend wardrobe essential, boyfriend jeans are surprisingly easy to dress up, depending on how you style them. Here, a casual pair of weekend jeans looks pulled together, when paired with a tucked in, classic white shirt and a plush velvet coat. Chunky black ankle boots and a big leather tote also add polish to a casual weekend outfit in jeans.

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Belted Outfit for Dates

Street style woman in pants and white shirt
Belt a pretty ruffled blouse into sleek trousers for a date. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Dressing for a date doesn't have to be about showing skin. If you don't believe us, take a look at this covered-up date night outfit that is sure to turn heads. A long sleeved white blouse with pretty ruffles is tucked into skinny suede trousers, cinched at the waist with a statement belt. Change up the purse and shoes to make this outfit feel more polished or sexy. This outfit would also work well for an elegant dinner or evening party.

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Long Over Long Outfit

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Wear a soft white blouse with a flowing maxi skirt. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

We love long-over-long dressing, to create a tall and lean silhouette. In this easy, breezy, red and white outfit, a soft white shirt with long sleeves is tucked into a billowy maxi skirt, to create an elongated look that's pulled together for summer days off. Cherry red accessories and a long, beaded necklace add nice extra pops of color.

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Preppy Style in Plaid

Woman in white shirt and plaid skirt
Preppy chic in plaid. Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images

Old school preppy style (think Ralph Lauren) never quite goes out of fashion. We love the way a trendy white ruffled blouse looks, when tucked into a long plaid preppy skirt. An olive overcoat, red suede bag and nude heels are the perfect accessories for this fall fashion outfit that works for meeting the parents or weekend antiquing.

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Chic Outfit for the Office

Woman wearing a pencil skirt and white shirt
Tuck a white button-down shirt into a pencil skirt for the office. Timur Ekek/Getty Images

Polished office dressing calls for classic wardrobe pieces, that you can style to make your own. A crisp, white cotton button-down shirt is an essential dressing piece for wearing to work. Pair it with a streamlined pencil skirt, high-quality leather accessories and minimal jewelry for a simple, chic effect that will take you from client meetings to brainstorming sessions and presentations.

 

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Date Night Outfit

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Create a graphic look with a printed skirt and white shirt combo. Merilyn Smith/Getty Images

Here's how you can style a classic women's white shirt to look right for wearing on a date. A slim-fitting white button-down shirt looks positively sexy, when tucked into a graphic skirt in a modern floral pattern, especially when you open up the neckline. Wear this sleek, alluring outfit with bold high heels, as pictured, to wow that special someone on date night.

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Glamorous Skirt and White Shirt Outfit

Woman in white shirt and beaded skirt
Head to toe white goes dressy with a beaded skirt. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Style icons and fashion editors often mix glamorous, high-end wardrobe pieces with time-tested classics, as a foolproof formula for standing out from the crowd at dressier events and occasions. Here, a basic white cotton shirt is tucked into a luxurious beaded skirt, creating a modern glam outfit you could wear almost anywhere. You could keep this outfit grounded in loafers, as pictured here, or add high heels for a more elegant look.

 

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How to Wear a Leather Skirt to Work

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A white shirt adds sophistication to a leather skirt. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Do you have a leather skirt in your closet that doesn't see too much daylight? Revive this wardrobe staple and wear it to the office, when you pair it with a classic women's white shirt and a quality handbag.

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Head to Toe White Outfit

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Street style in head to toe white. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Wearing white is a great way to look dressed up, even when you're wearing casual separates. Here, a white cotton top and soft linen pants are layered underneath a hip-length white jacket, for an easy summer outfit that can take you from the office to date night out.

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City Chic in Leather Pants

Woman in leather pants and white blouse
Wear a white blouse with fierce leather pants. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Want to look instantly edgy for dressed up events? This fashion-forward, street style outfit is so easy to pull together, you'll have tons of time leftover for doing your makeup and hair. Start with a puffy white shirt, matching it with slim-fitting leather trousers. Add a pair of eye-catching high heels and a chic handbag, and you're ready to take on the world (or the cocktail hour).

 

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Dressed Up Weekend Outfit in Shorts

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Wear a classic white blouse with high waisted shorts. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Shorts are a summer staple that are often thought of as a casual dressing piece, but there's no reason you can't wear them for dressier summer occasions, such as museum hopping or brunch with the parents. Show off your shape and look classy in high-waisted linen shorts, by matching them with a tucked-in white blouse. The long sleeves of the shirt offer balance to bare legs in this outfit, lending you polish and style.

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Slouchy Suit for Work

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Slouchy pantsuit style with a white blouse. Kirsten Sinclair/Getty Images

One of the fabulous things about women's work clothing now is the variety of silhouettes we have to choose from. Here, a trendy, slouchy suit in muted grey looks even more feminine, with the addition of a pussy bow blouse in white.

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Sporty Weekend Outfit

Woman in white shirt and striped track pants
Wear a white shirt with track pants for cool style. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

The sportswear trend in fashion is huge now. While you could easily wear a pair of trendy side-stripe track pants with a slouchy tee, why not take things up a notch? Create a street style worthy look for weekends and casual days, and stand out from the brunch time crowd, when you match sporty bottoms with a classic white shirt, as pictured here.