YES YOU CAN: Dress up a white shirt

Fashion director Shelly Vella shows you how.

Never underestimate the most basic pieces in your wardrobe. Case in point – the white shirt. As two of our favourite Instagram influencers Odile Jacobs and Linda V Wright demonstrate (below), it’s a versatile piece that can really bring an elegant touch to print, tailoring, denim and even swimwear. Choose well and you’ll have a long-lasting and versatile new wardrobe staple.

How to dress up a white shirt:

Influencers Odile Jacobs (left) and Linda V Wright (right) show how a fitted white shirt works with a printed skirt and drawstring trousers. Image: @LindavWright/Instagram

The holiday essential

A long-line shirt looks as good thrown over a bikini as it does worn loose over fluid trousers.

Shirt, £29.99, Mango

Bikini top, £28, and bottoms, £18, John Lewis

Trousers, £204, Alemais

Bag, £26.99, Joseko, Amazon

Sunglasses, £25, Hush

Sandals, £125, LK Bennett

The chic work staple

Keep it neat with a smart, fitted shirt and team with a statement printed skirt.

Shirt, £225, The Array

Skirt, £120, Kemi Telford, John Lewis

Sunglasses, £170, Michael Kors

Earrings, £125, Monica Vinader

Sandals, £89, Cos

Bag, £135, Cos

The weekend go-to

A marriage of two classics: loose-fit denim and a crisp white shirt. Rolled sleeves optional. Image: @LindavWright/Instagram

A little detail brings a freshness to a white shirt. Team with jeans, hat and waistcoat for an ‘Annie Hall’ feel.

Shirt, £34.99, Sabyasachi x H&M

Waistcoat, £35.99, Mango

Jeans, £175, Wyse London

Bag, £89, The Small Home

Hat, £60, Reiss

Sandals, £45, The Small Home