The white shirt is to a gentleman, what the “little black” dress is to a lady; essential.

JFK and Michael Caine – the style icons we’ve previously featured are both testament to this.

Versatile and never outdated, the white shirt is suitable for all formal occasions and perfect for the minimalist look.

With so many variations of the white shirt, we’ve selected six of our favourites.

 The Classic White Plain Shirt by Turbull & Asser   

Fit for a Prince; Turbull & Asser are the shirt-maker of choice for HRH The Prince of Wales and if it’s good enough for him its good enough for us.

Unsurprisingly Turnbull & Asser shirts are not cheap; A white shirt will set you back at least £155 but for this you recieve undoubted quality.

Turbull & Asser

 Formal Pin Collar Shirt White Curve Collar by Pin Collar Shirts  

Resurgent in the last few years, pin collared shirts are the pinnacle of gentlemanly elegance. Great when worn with or without a tie, the collar bar will add sophistication to your look. The aptly named Pin Collar shirts brand has a great range for both formal and casual occasions.

Pin Collar Shirts

 Tab Collar Shirt by Emmett  

Also making a return are Tab collar shirts, famously worn by Daniel Craig as Bond in Skyfall. This type of shirt is best complemented with a slim ties to ensure a narrow knot.

Emmett offer a slim fit tab collar shirt oozing finesse.

Emmett Tab

London Fully Fitted White Curved Cutaway Collar Shirt  by T.M. Lewin

Curved collar shirts provide a modern take on the traditional structured collar. This curved full cutaway offering from T.M. Lewin will look great with a slim suit.

Curved Collar TM Lewin

Egyptian cotton twill shirt Charles Tyrhwitt

You’ll always need a white shirt suitable for everyday wear – Charles Tyrhwitt provide a great range at affordable prices.

CT Twill 2