The White Shirt Has Got A Whole New Look In 2022

Linda D. Garrow

You know there’s something in the air when three stylish women, decades apart in age, wear the same piece on the same night. The humble white shirt was given a whole new look at the Oscars, with Uma Thurman channelling her Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace in a white Bottega Veneta shirt, Gen-Z fashion plate Zendaya alluding to Sharon Stone’s Oscars 1998 look, and red carpet rule-breaker Kristen Stewart turning to Chanel for a sheer button-up, which she paired with a short-shorts suit.

Read more: The Best White Shirts For Women

Kristen Stewart wore a punky Chanel look to the Oscars.

Emma McIntyre

Zendaya glowing at the awards in Valentino haute couture.

David Livingston

Designers have reimagined white shirts every which way, from spliced and ruched to deconstructed and decorated, but nothing beats a classic silhouette in cotton poplin or silk. All eyes were on elevated basics at the autumn/winter 2022 shows, where white shirting stood out for its powerful simplicity. (Another foundational staple, the trusty white tank top, was also a seasonal hit). 

Alaïa autumn/winter 2022.

Balmain autumn/winter 2022.

Alaïa’s creative director Pieter Mulier teamed white shirting with a polo-neck and ruffled flared jeans for a contemporary take on the age-old jeans-and-shirt combo. Sexier styles came courtesy of Balmain, where shirts were undone to show décolletage, and Peter Do, where one model wore a completely unbuttoned shirt with cigarette trousers and a stitched coat. 

Gucci autumn/winter 2022.

Louis Vuitton autumn/winter 2022.

Nicholas Ghesquière and Alessandro Michele celebrated the collegiate connotations of the white shirt. The former styled white shirts with slouchy trousers and sprightly floral ties worn loosely at the neck for Louis Vuitton. The latter teamed pristine white shirts with skinny leather ties, oversized blazers and shiny skirts at Gucci. 

Erdem autumn/winter 2022.

Christian Dior autumn/winter 2022.

White shirts provide blank canvases upon which to layer prints and embellishment, as seen at Erdem, Ports 1961 and Christian Dior. For elegant minimalism, look to The Row, which featured timeless white shirts layered gracefully over colourful knits and coats. Keen to stand out from the crowd? Lucie and Luke Meier of Jil Sander showed a shirt with serious big collar energy for autumn/winter 2022. 

See Vogue’s white shirt styling ideas, below.

Cos wide-leg tailored trousers

& Other Stories oversized blazer

Frankie Shop Lui organic cotton-poplin shirt

Rotate Birger Christensen

Cos relaxed-fit silk shirt

Ann Demeulemeester bias-cut silk-satin skirt

Wandler Daisy flared-leg jeans

Arket oversized poplin shirt

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