We found the best summer-ready ways to style your favorite staple. Could anything be easier?

By Real Simple Editors
Updated April 12, 2019
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The classic white button-up shirt is a must-have piece in our wardrobes year-round, but during the summer months, we really like to shake things up. To take the classic white shirt and give it a summery twist, look for standout details (hello, tie sleeves), fun silhouettes, and fresh ways to wear the button-ups you already own. Follow the five tips below and this work wardrobe staple will look anything but boring.

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Wrap-Style White Shirt

Pretty and practical, a wrap style is fully adjustable and ensures a neat, no-gape fit.

To buy: $70; net-a-porter.com.

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White Shirt for Layering

Feeling too...buttoned-up? Try leaving the shirt open and wearing it as a layer, or opt for design details—short sleeves, ladder stitching, a lightweight linen blend—that offer a relaxed, weekend vibe.

To buy: $55; everlane.com.

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Unexpected Silhouette White Shirt

Look for updates like surprising silhouettes, tie sleeves and unexpected hems. They make the closet classic feel anything but basic.

To buy: $118; brooksbrothers.com.

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Short Sleeve White Shirt

Pair a button-up shirt with summery styles, like a casual maxi skirt and sandals, to create an unexpected warm-weather silhouette.

To buy: $39; nordstrom.com.

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Classic White Shirt (With a Twist)

Wear this classic white button-down as is, or put a stylish twist on the staple by securing the button at your bustline only, crossing the shirttails, and tucking the ends. Voilà! Effortless summer style.

To buy: $88; nydj.com.