Tuck it in a la Lou Doillon, or leave it unbuttoned like Jane Birkin: a simple shirt is an effortless style staple for women around the globe. Seeing you from sartorial and sophisticated to comfy and casual, the perfect shirt is a timeless wardrobe essential that needn’t be restricted to work wear.

To prove its versatility and provide inspiration on how to wear a shirt, we challenged fashion bloggers Rachel and Holly to style it five different ways.

Go Girly

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Shirts may be famed for their masculine, tailored edge but girly girls needn’t shy away from them. “You can create a feminine look with a women’s white shirt by adding a touch of pink like I’ve done here.”

Holly paired her peter pan collared shirt with a candy-floss pink midi skirt to achieve her pretty look, keeping it classic with some black heels.

Tip: If shirts feel a little sartorial for you, try a feminine peter pan collar like Holly’s. 

Boho Chic

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The beauty of a plain shirt is its versatility. Whether it’s a feminine ‘40s suit or a ‘70s boho look, the shirt feels at home in a whole host of different styles.

Rachel teamed her rust-orange pussybow shirt with high-waisted flares and a wide-brimmed hat – Boho chic at its best! “I wanted to keep this look very simple, but I added some accessories to give it something special.”

Tip: Don’t be afraid to wear loose-fitting bottoms with an over-sized shirt; just tuck and pull everything in at the waist to create shape.

Layer

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Collared shirts are perfect for layering under jumpers, cardigans, dresses and dungarees. As a lover of all things monochrome, Holly wore hers beneath a polka dot jumper and bomber jacket with her black skinny jeans.

“This shirt is quite feminine, but I wanted something a little more edgy. Black is a great way to toughen a pretty item of clothing.”

Tip: Pull your collar over the neckline of your jumper and leave the bottom of your shirt untucked for an effortless look like Holly’s.

Smarten it Up

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The classic pencil skirt and fitted shirt combo is a look loved by many and will never go out of style. Holly stuck to her trusted monochrome colour scheme by teaming her buttoned up white shirt with a knee-length black skirt and wool coat.

“I think monochrome is the best way to go when it comes to work wear – it’s so sophisticated.”

Tip: Prefer to keep it casual? Make your shirt work by rolling up your sleeves or untucking for a laidback look.

Keep it casual

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It may be renowned as a work-wardrobe staple but when it’s styled the right way, a shirt can make the perfect weekend wear. Rachel tucked her shirt into her reliable skinny jeans and cowboy boots for off-duty chic.

“This is my favourite way of wearing the shirt: tucked in, buttoned up and sleeves rolled down.”

Tip: A bold coloured shirt adds something special to a casual look like Rachel’s.

If you like Rachel and Holly’s style, take a look at our ladies’ shirt collection at La Redoute — and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for endless style inspiration.

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Sophie
Words and retro style are my passions. When not writing I love inspiration hunting in second-hand shops.

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