Wardrobe essentials are those separates and dresses we lean on a little more than others. A women’s white shirt is one of those icons. Seldom do separates have the immense potential of a blank slate, as is the case with a women’s white shirt. Dress it up, dress it down, or wear one as is, you can never go wrong.

In crisp cotton, dreamy silk, or soft satin, white shirts for women channel sheer elegance without you having to do anything! Clean and sophisticated, a women’s white shirt provides a pulled together look in a heartbeat. Whether the tailored type that works well for a corporate environment or the boyfriend anti-fit silhouette that simply spells casual Fridays and weekends, you can never go wrong with a white button down.

There is really no one and only true way to don this closet staple. Of course, nothing dispels the notion that a white shirt and blue denims look perfectly polished, always. But consider the humble white shirt with modern updates now. You can wear one as is , or under a sweater for easy layering, for example, but always think of refreshing new ways to wear this staple to keep it updated.

Knot it down, bow it up, layer and cinch — the possibilities are infinite and we’ve listed seven to start your week with. Take note.

When it comes to white shirts for women, a pussy bow blouse in pure white is a charming update to white shirts. Pair them with pencil skirts for a sharp finish or palazzos for a more relaxed look. Lending an utmost feminine flair with a chic pussy bow at the neck and elegant full sleeves, it gives Mondays an added polish. Take advantage of the pussy bow and pair shiny jewels like a statement necklace under it for instant confidence. To offset the feminine vibe slightly, you can even roll up the sleeves to your elbows for a sweet androgynous look.

Since Tuesdays feel like just another Monday, we love giving it a little flair every now and then. Layer your white button down like an airy jacket over a white or fellow pastel hued dress to add an effortless layer to your look. This channels an overall sorbet-inspired look and makes for darling daytime wear. Cinch your look with a flattering belt that hugs you perfectly for a lovely finish. Coordinate the hues of your belt and shoes for subtle symmetry, and choose tan or nude to achieve the same as they complement whites and pastels without taking away from your overall muted look.

Give midweek blues a fun spin on Wednesdays with an updated white shirt. White shirts with details lend an instant update and make styling them so much more fun. Be unpredictable and turn your favourite white shirt around. This one, since it has a billowy vintage ruffle on the back looks charming as the white ruffle takes centre stage when turned around. Alternately you can wear this one as is (with the ruffle at the back), drop the shoulders a tad, and button half way down for an instant off shoulder shirt!

Your classic white sleeveless shirt also makes for that closet staple. Gear up for the weekend on Thursdays by throwing on a breezy scarf over your sleeveless shirt for an airy-chic finish. Scarves are truly an all-season must-have; combat bad hair days in the summer or layer lightly during the winter. Also, when wearing a white shirt and choosing accessories, reach for co-pastel pieces to keep the sorbet vibe going. Think pretty pink, cooling mint, lovely lilac, and fresh peach. Layer and love every look you update with the flick of a scarf. Choose fellow pastel scarves to complement your white shirt just perfectly.

Casual Fridays just got a new meaning with your sleep shirt (yes, we said sleep shirt; it’s not only for your homeyou know!) This needn’t be a tricky look to master. Since your sleep shirt will most probably have an anti-fit silhouette, you want to pair it with tailored pants or a pencil skirt to cut a polished picture. Half tuck it and take it out of the house or wear it over a tank like a billowing cape; the possibilities are endless.

If weekends are the only time you have to check your errand list, we’re with you. Take your white shirt errand-hopping with you by pairing shorts (a nice deep colour looks lovely) and comfy Keds. Our weekend favourite is a white high low shirt as it spells relaxed to the hilt and keeps you genuinely comfortable through the day. Looking chic while ticking tasks off your errand list on Saturdays just became a reality!

Laid-back Sundays just need an equally laid-back outfit. Layer and knot a shirt over a simple tank for a relaxed look and pair flare pants for added ease. A popped collar and a messy knot are synonymous with a relaxed Sunday. Do both with a classic white shirt and you’re officially best-day-of-the-week ready!