Few clothing items are quite as classic and necessary as a white shirt. Whether it’s a blouse or a button-down top, they possess the magic of making you look sharp instantly. These stunners are so easy to match with almost everything — from skinny jeans to rompers, or pencil to a ball skirt like Carolina Herrera‘s most famous look.

That’s why investing in a white shirt is a smart choice. Whites may at first appear too plain, or boring, but if you look at it as a blank canvas, then you’re the artist who can play with colours that match your personality and mood. It’s certainly not as limiting as you might initially think it to be. Plus, when worn well, it makes you look clean, neat and poised.

The search for the perfect white shirt can be exhausting, though. There’s simply too many to choose from. But fret not — we’ve done a little research for you and pulled together our selection.

Based on best seller lists, editorial and customer reviews, and a touch of social buzz, we filtered the saturated market to help you choose the best ten pieces that are available today. We also picked a slightly different variation, and exciting updates on the closet staple.

So, go ahead and look through. You’ll find styling these 10 classic white shirts for women require no effort at all.

(Main image: Carolina Herrera)

1
Balenciaga

Who says only figure-hugging outfits can achieve a sophisticated look? Made of 100% silk, this “vareuse” style blouse has a delicate ascot collar and deep neckline that balances classy with a touch of sexy chic. Long voluminous sleeves with buttoned cuffs complement the cut that was presented by Cristobál Balenciaga in 1951.

RM3,459, Balenciaga

2
Burberry

Enjoy a casual day out in the sun with this airy English embroidery top. Featuring lace ribbon details, its boat neckline gently flows into flared sleeves that end in chevron lace at the hems. Pair it with shorts and espadrilles to nail that eternal summer look.

RM2,595, Burberry

3
Carolina Herrera

This ivory silk Carolina Herrera bowed blouse is perfect for work. Its sheen lightweight fabric and bow details will sure get everyone’s full attention for your presentation. But its deep V neck and three-quarter length sleeves with button cuffs will make it easy to take your look for a celebratory drink at the bar right after work with just a little styling.

RM7,430, Carolina Herrera

4
Dolce & Gabbana

Don’t know what to wear? Just take this crisp white top in Cady and pair it with whatever you feel like wearing – a pencil skirt for work, a palazzo pants for some event, or skinny jeans with sky high heels for a night out with your girlfriends. This is perhaps, the most versatile classic white shirt you could ever own. The round neckline doesn’t make it look intimidating, but the balloon sleeves say otherwise.

RM3,247, Dolce & Gabbana

5
Victoria Beckham

If you’re heading to an important meeting, this collarless tuxedo shirt in white fluid silk will take you there. And its bib detail and contrasting black wave trim mean strict business. Match it with a pair of jeans to tone down the formality.

RM1,798, Victoria Beckham

6
Ports 1961

At first glance, this white cotton shirt from Ports 1961 comes off as a lose long-sleeve any plain Jane would have in her closet. But a second look reveals a cuff that’s lined with miniature pom pom — a fun detail perfect for the next holiday out of town.

RM4,223.52, Ports 1961

7
Misha Nonoo

Bare the sexy arms you’ve been working on for months with this sleeveless poplin shirt. This slim fit, 100% cotton white shirt closes behind the neck. Wear it as it is on a hot day, or layer it under a dress if the air conditioning at the office has been bothering you.

RM597, Misha Nonoo

8
Joseph

Going for long flight or attending a beach party? Feel comfortable in this crepe de Chine Dara blouse from Joseph. A classic grandad shirt, this off white shirt looks smooth and fluid with its pure silk panels. It also features an open neck with covered placket, barrel cuffs, and vented hem.

RM1,245, Joseph

9
Nº21

Get that diplomatic chic look with this ruffled trim shirt from Nº21. Small white ruffles glide from the shoulder all the way down to the cavalier cuffs. Stick to the norm or play around with its long extensions of white band collars, which you can tie it in a bow for a more feminine look or just leave it hanging.

RM2,788.64, Nº21

10
Kenzo

It’s always smart to invest in a timeless white shirt that never goes out of style — like this button down poplin shirt from Kenzo. Made of 100% cotton, its slightly tapered cut makes it so easy to style for work or for play. It features a classic collar and a concealed button panels at the front. The cuffs are closed with two buttons that are engraved with Kenzo Paris.

RM786, Kenzo