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Pure and simple: 10 of the best white shirts

A style classic, we all need a crisp white shirt in our wardrobe (hey, maybe even two!). Here are 10 beauties available to buy now lockdown budgets in mind.

Everyone should have a decent white shirt in their wardrobe. A classic style staple, it’s versatile, understated, and instantly ups the chic-creds of an outfit. But with so many out there, however, will you choose? Ah, thanks for asking! Cue our short and sweet shopping list of five of our high street favourites available to buy now. Just watch out for spillages, that red wine is a nightmare to clean off…

Essentiel Antwerp

he bigger the better, people! The elongating pinstripes strike a stylish balance with this shirt’s oversized shape and dropped sleeves – roll them up for super-cool casual look. You can find it online at Thame boutique Gallavant, so you’re doing your bit to support local too. Win win.

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A classic. Launched in 2017 under the H&M umbrella, ARKET is your go-to for simple, stylish and sophisticated separates with nods to Nordic style. You’ll find loads of white shirts on site but our fave is this slimline 100% cotton option. Dare you to unbutton it low like this!

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Not everyone can wear bright white, but it can be hard to find anything off white or ivory. Newbury-based B The Lifestyle Shop has an absolute beaut. Simple Scandi style with pretty puff sleeves and wooden buttons.

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This oversized shirt is all about the details, with iridescent pearl buttons, painted collar and washed finish. Wear untucked with a pair of jeans – straight leg is bang on trend, if you can tear yourself away from your faithful skinnies.

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Velvet by Graham Spencer

This soft cotton gauze shirt, from Newbury-based boutique Fifi & Moose, is less rigid than your average white shirt. This one is casual, feminine with a pretty flutter sleeve – and on sale. Result!

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Mint Velvet

Puff sleeves have been a favourite of fashion eds for a while now and are here to stay for spring. The trend can look a little ‘Tudor wench’ sometimes so we’re loving the subtlety of this Mint Velvet number.

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From Henley-based boutique Fluidity F2, this 100% cotton shirt has a super-simple silhouette and flattering V-neck – wear it untucked over jeans to dress it down, or tuck into a pair of high waited trousers for a more sophisticated feel.

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Zara always comes through with the goods at a fantastic price point and this semi-sheer shirt is a steal. Full marks for the Western-inspired pin-tuck detail. YeeHaw!

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The White Company

Nothing screams summer evenings like a cool linen shirt. This one, with bib detailing, will look effortlessly chic thrown over a strappy sundress or tucked into denim shorts.

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White Coco

This A-line shirt from Hungerford-based boutique White Coco, is boho chic at its finest with a broiderie anglaise bodice, mother of pearl buttons and frilled cuffs for a floaty feel.

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