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You Need a New White Shirt

You Need a New White Shirt

We've heard it before: All women should own a classic white shirt. But what if you think white button-downs are boring? Unflattering? Or worse...not stylish? Our response is you're probably wearing the wrong one! Here, 4 versions of the closet classic that will speak to your style personality, whether you're a girly girl, a boho babe, or anything in between.

FLIRTY & FEMININE: Not all white shirts have to be stiff and uptight. Look for one in a floaty fabric with interesting detail, like lace at the bottom—wear it un-tucked and buttoned all the way up with your favorite pair of slim pants and ladylike flats.

Boutique+ blouse, $24.99; jcpenney.com. NYDJ jeans, $134; nydj.com. April Soderstrom featherweight earrings, $40; aprilsoderstrom.com.

Boutique+ blouse, $24.99; jcpenney.com. NYDJ jeans, $134; nydj.com. April Soderstrom featherweight earrings, $40; aprilsoderstrom.com.

PREPPY & PRETTY: A sleeveless button-down is obviously a great option for all your summer work looks but it can sometimes feel too country-club. To balance the preppy vibe pair it with a skirt in a strong neutral color that has an interesting silhouette (in this case, olive green and a paper-bag waist).

Uniqlo shirt, $14.90; uniqlo.com. Oasis skirt, $62; oasis-stores.com. Cynthia Rybakoff stud earrings, $58; cynthiarybakoff.com. Jewelry Storm necklace, $38; jewelrystorm.com.

Uniqlo shirt, $14.90; uniqlo.com. Oasis skirt, $62; oasis-stores.com. Cynthia Rybakoff stud earrings, $58; cynthiarybakoff.com. Jewelry Storm necklace, $38; jewelrystorm.com.

COOL & CLASSIC: So you've got old faithful in your closet and want a new way to wear it? Try it with a pair of brocade or printed pants, tie it at the waist, and roll up the sleeves. As long as your pants are slightly high-rise and you tie the knot at your belly button (not above) the look will read chic, not cute.

Lands' End shirt, $49; landsend.com. Rachel Rachel Roy printed pants, $46.99; macys.com. Jewelry Storm drop earrings, $36; jewelrystorm.com. MeMe London rings, $75 each; meme.london.

Lands' End shirt, $49; landsend.com. Rachel Rachel Roy printed pants, $46.99; macys.com. Jewelry Storm drop earrings, $36; jewelrystorm.com. MeMe London rings, $75 each; meme.london.

BOYISH & BOXY: A clean and modern take on the white shirt is this slightly oversized, slightly boxy number. Wear it with dark skinnies and a pair of loafers for a perfect downtown-inspired, borrowed-from-the-boys look.

Nautica shirt, $98; nautica.com. Levi's jeans, $36.99; jcpenney.com. Bauble Bar ear crawlers, $34; baublebar.com.

Nautica shirt, $98; nautica.com. Levi's jeans, $36.99; jcpenney.com. Bauble Bar ear crawlers, $34; baublebar.com.

Photographed by Lauren Perlstein at Dumbo Daylight Studios. Wardrobe styling by Cris Pearlstein. Hair by Jennifer Nast from Sharon Dorram at Sally Hershberger Salon. Makeup by Katie Pellegrino with the Celestine Agency. Produced by Rebecca Kimmons. Fashion assistant, Alyssa Loonam. Special thanks to Muse Model Management.

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