Three Ways I have Styled my Oversized White Shirt.

The humble oversized white shirt is one of the most versatile items of clothing. It’s a “comfy-but-smart” piece that has that great pared-back approach. It is one of the most in-demand must-haves, this season, and is also worn, all year round. I have a few variations of  ‘the white shirt’ in my wardrobe. But, there’s always room for a brand-new crisp addition. It is the perfect canvas on which to build an outfit. Nothing could be more hardworking. I wear mine with jeans, trousers, over dresses in summer, tucked into skirts, thrown over the top of leather trousers, tied at the waist and worn over a black roll neck when it’s especially cold in the winter. It’s chic with capri pants or can be loosely fastened over a swimsuit on the beach. It’s a universal favourite

With sustainability in mind, we’re all making more considered decisions when making additions to our wardrobes. Each new choice has the possibility of being a hardworking item that will last – this is the ideal addition as it can be worn alongside well-loved pieces and styled in multiple ways. This oversized white shirt has always been a classic and, no matter what sort of budget or style you want, it is the ultimate staple in anyone’s wardrobe. It’s easy to wear for any occasion and perfect for a night out (now we can!!). An item to have in one’s arsenal. Whether the style is oversized, fitted, linen or poplin, there are endless ways this classic piece appeals and can be worn.

I didn’t have to think too long about how to style this versatile shirt which I bought from Zara recently(£19.99).

Here a few ways I’ve styled mine, hope you enjoy it:

With Jeans.

Nothing looks crisper and fresher as we head into summer (at last!) than a crisp white shirt, worn either tucked in, or loose with pale denim. The jeans I’m wearing in this post are lightly washed blue, medium waist with a cropped ankle style. I paid £9.99 for them (Mango Outlet) in September 2020, reduced from £35.99. What a bargain! The denim is so soft and, when I opened the package and saw the lovely shade of blue, I was hoping like mad they would fit me. Happily, they did (I’m not usually this fortunate with jeans). It can be such a pain finding a pair that fit. This is a “feel-good outfit” for me and I think you can see by the photographs how comfortable I am.

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With my Satin Slip Dress, 

This coffee-coloured dress is an old favourite. It’s a few years old. You may remember it from an earlier post…. Click here to see how I styled it, then.  I have seen a lot of satin dresses on offer, this season, and as lovely as satin is as a fabric, it can be a little unforgiving to wear. Plus, I must confess to not being a fan of anything clingy around the tummy area. That said, I was tempted by this dress because of the gathered, ruching effect around the waist, which I find to be flattering. I went up a size, too, which I thought looked much better. I also wear my old comfy Brigitte Jones pants with this dress, which seem to do the trick of not showing any lines, while pulling my tummy in, slightly, and not cutting off my oxygen supply.

My white shirt has become the versatile “throw on” over this dress, giving it a much more relaxed vibe. I am wearing it here either unbuttoned or loosely tied at the waist, which has a great flattering effect.

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With my Summer Pants

I bought these wide-leg summer trousers, a few years ago – they are from H&M (their Conscious range). Click here to see how I have styled them in an earlier blog post.
I find the high waist and wide leg style flattering and oh so comfortable. This style goes with literally everything – hence, they are a perfect match for this white shirt – creating a cool, relaxed style, especially great if the weather is hot.  Underneath the shirt, I’m wearing a smocked tube top (I have included the details below). This enabled me to wear the shirt either open or tied at the waist.

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Thank you for your time and I hope you have enjoyed reading this post!

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Please leave a message in the comments if you have any questions.

Take care.

Alison xx

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  1. 29 June 2021 / 1:48 pm

    Hi Alison!
    I wanted to pop on and say Hello and that I am a new reader of your beautiful blog.
    Looking forward to reading more! And you have the most fabulous head of hair!

    • 29 June 2021 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Lindy
      Welcome! Thank you so much! So pleased you have stopped by and enjoyed my post.
      Alison xx

  2. 29 June 2021 / 1:53 pm

    I have a gauzy button down shirt with ties at the bottom that I like to add to sleeveless dresses or to wear over a tank. I can pair with everything so it is a workhorse in my closet. I love all of these especially the wide legged pants.

    • 29 June 2021 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you. I love items that work hard in my wardrobe and the white shirt certainly is one of those. Enjoy the
      rest of your week.
      Alison x

  3. 29 June 2021 / 10:38 pm

    Love all the different ways you styled this white shirt! I think over the satin midi dress is my favorite. Surprisingly, I don’t have a white button-down like this but it’s so versatile!

    • 30 June 2021 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Marlene. With the satin dress is my favourite too! I
      Love the oversized look of this white shirt and I know I’ll get a lot of
      wear from it.x

  4. 30 June 2021 / 4:25 pm

    That top was a great piece for you! You have worn it so many great ways! I think I love it tied in front with your wide leg pants. It’s such a chic look!

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Laura. It’s such a versatile item to have, it goes with pretty much everything. Have a great week. x

  5. 30 June 2021 / 9:40 pm

    A wardrobe staple! Any size and design this is the one thing anyone can wear. I love how you styled yours. The HM trousers are gorgeous! xx

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:38 pm

      That is so true! Thank you so much, Laurie. The H & M pants are so versatile too for the summer months. xx

  6. 1 July 2021 / 10:57 am

    You style this shirt to well! I really like the first outfit with the jeans, such a classic! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you so much. This style of shirt goes with pretty much everything so it wasn’t too difficult to style – it’s definitely a favourite of mine. xx

  7. 1 July 2021 / 9:31 pm

    I just bought one! Mine is sheer and a little dressier, but it goes perfectly over a white tank with a green lace skirt. It’s going to a wedding with me this weekend!

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:42 pm

      Hope you enjoyed wearing it. and that sounds like a beautiful outfit to wear. Have a great week, enjoy. xx

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Lovely, it is such a versatile item to have in my wardrobe. Have a great week. x

  8. 2 July 2021 / 5:56 am

    Great looks Alison, I love it with your satin slip dress. Thanks for linking

    • 5 July 2021 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Gail, it’s such a versatile item. Enjoy your week. x

  9. 3 July 2021 / 1:17 am

    So many great looks! My favorite is of it with the slip dress!! So beautiful!


    • 5 July 2021 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Carrie, I think it’s mine too. Have a great week. xx

  10. 4 July 2021 / 11:54 am

    I am a big fan of the oversized white shirt, Alison! I love all three ways that you have styled yours. I am also a fan of this style shirt in a variety of colors! I recently scored 7 different colors in oversized button down shirts at my local thrift shop. I should write a post sharing all 7! Ha. But that might be too much work for me. I really like your slip dress, too. And I laughed out loud when you mentioned Brigitte Jones’ pants! Thanks for linking!


    • 5 July 2021 / 12:32 pm

      Those pants are a must with the slip dress! I’m not surprised that you have a collection of these
      style of shirts – they are such a versatile item and go with everything. Have a great week Shelbee. xx

  11. 5 July 2021 / 12:25 pm

    Very crispy and fresh! I love white on neutrals, so chique!

  12. 12 July 2021 / 6:12 pm

    Your white shirt is a great summer layer! Very crisp!

    • 20 July 2021 / 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Michele. It is a great addition and I know I’ll wear it a lot. Hope you’re having a lovely week.
      Alison x

  13. 15 July 2021 / 1:57 pm

    I always forget to wear my oversized white shirt, so thanks for reminding me that I have one! I like the shirt over the dress best 🙂 #anythinggoes

    • 15 July 2021 / 3:49 pm

      Many thanks. It’s such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe – I love it with the slip dress too.

  14. 16 July 2021 / 2:37 am

    Okay, you totally convinced me that I do need to add this into my wardrobe! I’ve been thinking about it and after seeing your styles today I am certain it will be a workhorse in my closet come fall!

    • 20 July 2021 / 3:16 pm

      Hi Bojana,
      It’s such a great addition,I’m wearing it a lot at the moment as we are experiencing a heatwave in the UK, which doesn’t happen a lot!
      Have a fab week whatever you have planned. xx

  15. 19 July 2021 / 10:54 pm

    A crisp white top like that is a wardrobe staple everyone needs!! Love how you styled it!

    • 20 July 2021 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Sherry. I’m wearing it a lot at the moment, my favourite look is with a slip dress. Enjoy your week!

  16. Jenna
    21 July 2021 / 8:17 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a white shirt! I have been loving button downs this summer, so I love the way you styled this one!
    Jenna ♥
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

    • 23 July 2021 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Jenna. I totally agree, I’ve been wearing mine a lot too, such a versatile item.

  17. 24 July 2021 / 3:15 pm

    A white shirt is a closet must-have! Love all of these styles! My favorite is it layered over the slipdress!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • 25 July 2021 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you, Jill. I think it’s my favourite look too! Such a versatile item to have in your wardrobe. x

  18. 27 July 2021 / 9:56 pm

    I love all these looks, I have a white blouse and will have to try with wide leg trousers. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui .x

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