How to wear white short sleeve shirts

Whether you’re looking for a classic look or more trendy one, browse through outfit ideas featuring white short sleeve shirts - all put together by our expert stylists.

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Keep the pattern in focus

If you’re going to wear a patterned shirt – and we recommend giving it a go – the key is plain, simple trousers that anchor your top half. As ever, navy chinos are a guaranteed good choice.

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Add pattern, the subtle way

Layering a short-sleeved patterned shirt over a tee is a great way to test out the joys of print. Style with classic jeans and a pair of sneakers.

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A handsome workwear look

When it comes to a workwear-inspired look, you can't go wrong with the classics, like a navy chore jacket, khaki trousers, and a pair of brown boots.

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A throw-on-and-go look

Avoid the back-to-school shorts and shirt vibe by adding an always cool Harrington jacket and some fresh white trainers. Sticking to similar colours helps to tie the whole outfit together.

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Look smart in summer

You can still be smart in the summer. The key is to go for simple pieces – like a crisp white shirt, navy shorts and boat shoes – that look sharp whether you're on the beach or in the city.

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Switch your layers

Wearing a shirt as a mid-layer smartens up your look, making it more versatile for smart casual occasions. A cord overshirt is a dressed-down alternative to a blazer.

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Take on professional preppy style

A short-sleeved shirt can still feel smart when paired with leather loafers and formal trousers. Keep your top plain and add a point of interest with patterned bottoms for a cool yet preppy feel.

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The easy way into pattern

If you want to try pattern, dip a toe with a short-sleeved shirt. They're more casual so it's less risky, plus there's less eye-catching fabric. Keep everything else neutral so the shirt is the statement.

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