Posted: Feb 04, 2014 9:00 AM
A white button-down shirt is a classic piece, but it definitely doesn't have to be boring. When styled in fresh ways, an oxford is a versatile wardrobe staple that can enhance trendy and other classic pieces in your wardrobe.

perfect oxford shirt

Find the perfect oxford shirt

The oxford shirt is a crisp, classic wardrobe staple, but the oxford isn't necessarily boxy or overtly masculine. The Super-Slim-Fit Poplin Shirt is sleek and feminine, with well-crafted details like mother-of-pearl buttons and a split back yoke (Ralph Lauren, $145).

Adding a little stretch to a classic white shirt allows for finding a better fit without a visit to a tailor. The Stretch Perfect Shirt has shaping darts at the front and back for a body-flattering shape (J. Crew, $72).

If you're not quite swayed by the allure of a classic white shirt, try the Women's Oxford Shirt in Bright White (Old Navy, $25). Old Navy's version of the oxford is cut from super-soft cotton, and the shirt is available in a wide variety of colors in case you fall in love with the shape.

Cozy V-neck Sweater

Embrace classic styling

One of the easiest ways to wear an oxford shirt is as a bottom layer for a simple v-neck sweater. The oxford adds warmth and a more tailored feel to an outfit than a sweater does with a simple layered T-shirt. Try the Cozy V-neck Sweater in a neutral shade or add a pop of your favorite color (Gap, $35).

Mini-check Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt

Sleek and sexy style

Pair a white oxford with a curve-hugging pencil skirt for a sleek, sophisticated look. The Mini-check Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt adds visual interest with the small black and white print. Wear it with flats for a more casual look or dress it up with a classic pump or Mary Jane heel (Banana Republic, $90).

OXford shirt styling- leather jackets

The oxford shirt gets trendy

A simple oxford and your favorite skinnies can take a trendy turn with the right layered pieces. Top your classic shirt with a jacket in the shape of the moment: the moto jacket. If you know you'll love the look, splurge on the Soia & Kyo Zip Collar Jacket (Nordstrom, $498). Make less of a commitment to the moto jacket trend with the Mossimo® Women's Faux Leather Jacket (Target, $45).

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The cozy side of the oxford shirt

An oxford shirt doesn't need to add formality to your wardrobe. Pull it on over your favorite leggings and wrap yourself in a sweater coat for a comfortable day at home or running errands. The Shadia Textured Jacquard Sweater Coat boasts a lovely pattern while staying neutral with its charcoal-on-black color scheme (BCBG Maxazria, $298). Flatter your legs with the Pixie Pant in Leather Tuxedo Stripe (J. Crew, $168).

Oxford shirt for a night out

Take your oxford for a night out

Unbutton your oxford as low as you dare and turn a wardrobe staple into a fresh look for a date night or night out with your girlfriends. Pair the shirt with your favorite black skinny pants, like the Theyskens' Theory Palance Pant in Fassica (Theory, $395). Add a statement necklace to the unbuttoned v-neck of the shirt. The Triple Layer Necklace from Hive & Honey toes the line between edgy and perfectly wearable (Piperlime, $38).

The Bottom Line^ The white oxford shirt can be worn in so many different ways it would be a shame not to add one to your closet — or wear the one you have more often!

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