5 Stylish (And Sometimes Flirty) Ways To Wear Uniqlo’s Classic White Shirt

Boyish And Sophisticated Budget Spring Looks For The Office

By Emi Schemmer
May 14, 2018

Is the white shirt the new mini black dress?! You might be convinced after reading about these five looks.

Mastering the office dress code is never easy, especially in a city like Tokyo where trends are changing but the business culture remains traditional, conservative, and sometimes very difficult to gauge. Last month we looked at some great ways to style Zara’s signature pencil skirt. This month, we take a look at one of the most common, yet somewhat difficult to “wear it right” wardrobe essentials: the classic white shirt.

Simple as it is, white shirts are wearable year-round, but this year, white is one of the hottest colors and “boyish but sophisticated” is a trend that a number of popular brands have been actively pushing for. Among them is our favorite stop-by for heat-tech shirts and stockings and pretty much anything else: Uniqlo.

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As seen in the promo video above, this spring, Uniqlo is actively promoting its gender-bending shirt fashion by providing various collections of boyish looks with a simple yet cool feminine twist. Among them are the Rayon Airy Blouse (¥1,990) and the Super Cotton Stretch Shirt (¥2,990) series from the brand’s “Wear to Work” collection.

These easy-to-wear and oh-so-comfy shirts come in several styles and colors, among which we recommend the long sleeved white ones because they look fabulous and can be worn even at the most conservative Japanese offices. Here are five fun and stylish ways to wear them to work — and also on other ocassions when you want to let loose but still want to be a bosslady.  

1. Pair it with a faux leather skirt

The combination of a white shirt and midi skirts has always been one of those classic office-ready yet still feminine looks. This spring, try something a little different by swapping out your regular pencil skirt for a faux leather (or leather if you wish) one and style with a pair of high heels or even stylish sneakers. It gives you a chic and sophisticated look without making you look pretentious.

2. Rolled up and belted

As we’re getting close to summer, try going for an easy yet stylish Spring-Summer look that still speaks ladylike glamour. Wear a crisp white button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up to showcase your choice of wrist glamour (remember, don’t go overboard) and finish the look with a wide leather belt. You can even take it up a notch by finding a real accent belt piece — perhaps something bright and shiny, patterned or even with a big buckle.

3. Two buttons and messy untucked

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Take your button-up shirt and button up until your waist before tucking in the button side of the shirt at the front. Leave the other side hanging loose and tug out a bit of the tucked-in side to give that laissez-faire look. It’s the perfect chaos in-paradise look: it makes you look powerful and lets others know that you’re not afraid of experimenting and breaking the fashion rules while still looking chic.

4. White on white

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We already know that white is the hottest color for 2018. Not only for the Spring-Summer season, but you will also notice it continue through to the colder months’ fashion, as well. Pair your oversized Uniqlo Super Cotton Stretch Shirt with a pair of loose-fitting white trousers or skinny denim for an elegant but professional off-the-runway look. To avoid looking like a nurse though, wear a piece of colorful jewelry, a pair of pumps and a bag, or add a few hipster hair accessories. 

5. Wear it backwards

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The ultimate “I’m going against the rules” look. Styling a button-up shirt backwards is certainly unconventional, but it’s a look that’s easy to pull off and can totally transform your outfit from tidy and clean to stylish yet flirty-feminine and still appropriate for the office. This look can be paired with everything from cropped slacks to a flowy pleated skirt. If you are worried that it might be too stylish or sexy for the office, wear your shirt forward, half tucked or even belted and do a quick change into an evening look and see how your friends respond.

The classic white shirt will always be one of those wardrobe essentials that you will find use of, so stock up on a bunch – different styles, lengths, sizes, and perhaps even try from the men’s section. It’s a great fashion item that truly can be transformed in so many ways.

Trying any of those looks? Tag Savvy at #savvyoutfitoftheday to show off your fabulous style!