5 Alternatives to the White Shirt for Work

Thursday, March 10, 2016 • Permalink • 

A crisp, white button down shirt is the hardest working piece in a working woman’s wardrobe. It goes with everything from your best suit to casual Friday denim. It can be so tempting to keep purchasing classic white shirts because of their utility.

But, this season is all about the alternative to the white button down. Pleats, gathers, ties, and bell sleeves are all fair game. These shirt are just as versatile as your trusty white shirt, but with a super fashion-forward twist. Check out my current favorite alternatives to the white shirt for work…

The adjustable fabric tie on the front of this shirt creates a gorgeous shape without sacrificing the office-appropriate modesty.

COS Tie-Detail Top


→ Buy the COS Tie-Detail Top, $99.00, at cosstores.com.



I love how the darts on the front of this shirt create an origami feel. I think this would look great with cropped straight-leg trousers.

Just Female Vadin Blouse


→ Buy the Just Female Vadin Blouse, $116.00, at needsuppy.com.


The loose fit and a-line shape of this blouse creates a modern look that vibes very Scandinavian minimalist.

COS Cuffed Cotton Top


→ Buy the COS Cuffed Cotton Top, $89.00, at cosstores.com.


Phillip Lim does it again. This shirt is perfection, and a perfect example of “you get what you pay for.” Yes, it’s an investment. But, where else can you find this smart combination of masculine simplicity with the subtle femininity of the self-tie detail at each cuff.

3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered Cuff Blouse


→ Buy the 3.1 Phillip Lim Gathered Cuff Blouse, $375.00, at lagarconne.com.


Make this your new casual Friday go-to. A cotton jersey front is paired with a cotton twill back panel for textural interest and a cool voluminous fit.

COS Top With Voluminous Back


→ Buy the COS Top With Voluminous Back, $69.00, at cosstores.com.