Photographed by Bek Andersen (women) and Justin Bridges (men).

From New York to Paris—with Milan and London in between—the classic white shirt reigned supreme off the runway. After all, the men and women of the fashion world know the foundation of a chic, timeless wardrobe is built on smart tailoring and individualized with updated details. As demonstrated by the fashion month-goers below, nothing looks more effortless than the clean, crisp pop of your closet’s trusted best friend—the immaculate white (or ivory, bone, or cream) topper.


Tomoko Ogura white shirt 1Barneys New York Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura balances a pair of scalloped shorts with a voluminous trapeze top.

Justin Bridges white shirt 2A white shirt and gray suit is a classic pairing that works year-round. The pique knit skinny tie and slice of white pocket square keeps the look fresh.

White shirt 3Here, a clean, collarless placket-front shirt is decorated with a swath of red.

White shirt 2Polka dots on a white shirt say: ‘I’ve got it together and am simultaneously having tons of fun!’ That’s what you’re saying, right, Julia Sarr-Jamois?

Justin Bridges white shirt 4Julien Decanali, Barneys Associate Buyer, achieves advanced white shirt styling by sporting a henley layer on top.

Justin Bridges white shirt 1Details magazine’s Justin Berkowitz keeps it casual with worn-in denim.

White shirt 4Rachael Wang of masters the head-to-toe lace-up combo.

Justin Bridges white shirt 5A subtle unbuttoned white shirt and Stan Smiths—your new Friday – Sunday look.

Nina Garcia White shirt 6Take note—Nina Garcia’s key to cool yet elegant style includes long clean lines, a glint of fine jewelry, and the perfect sleeve roll.

Justin Bridges white shirt 3An oversized button down and reflective aviators are all you need to take on and conquer a blissfully warm fall day.

White shirt 7French cuffs, exaggerated hemline, tuxedo bib—this fanciful take on the white shirt meets its match with those gorgeous Dries Van Noten heels.

White shirt 5Emmanuelle Alt leads the pack in smart, chic, white shirt dressing.