Wardrobe staples don’t get much simpler — or more versatile — than your classic white Oxford shirt, and these five ways of wearing it work every time.
To the office
Classic white shirt? Classic blue suit. Two super-versatile all-rounders that of course work beautifully together. Style the suit with warm tan leather — bonus points for on-trend footwear such as monkstraps or detailed brogues — and don’t feel any pressure to add a tie, which is falling out of favour even in formal office environments.
Keep the brown belt but swap the formal footwear for something more casual — loafers, boat shoes, or driving shoes are perfect — and a slim pair of chinos, cropped around the ankle. The plainness of the white shirt lets the quality of the other pieces — the perfectly cut trousers and on-point footwear — grab the attention they deserve.
To the bar
Dust off a pair of distressed denim jeans to go with your white Oxford, as well as a grungy olive green military jacket and some bold footwear that makes a statement — ankle-high Doc Martens, camel Timberlands, or chunky high-top sneakers are a few good options.
To the park
For a summery casual look, loosen an extra button to keep things nice and relaxed, matched with that brown belt, navy shorts, and your brightest pair of white sneakers — another neutral item that can be utilised in a stack of different outfits.
To the beach
The long sleeves of a light cotton shirt is certainly a more stylish way to protect yourself from the sun than long-sleeved rash shirt, so combine your unbuttoned Oxford with a light-hued undershirt and a pastel or chino pair of shorts, modern strap sandals, and timeless tortoiseshell wayfarers.