The white shirt is one of fashion’s most versatile pieces, making it an iconic staple that has more than one story to tell. It’s a cool, crisp chameleon, ready to be worn in multiple ways, from black-tie to low-key. No longer just your classic button-up, the traditional style has been re-imagined this season with new silhouettes and details. The new take is all about layering, creative styling, and unexpected pairings for your perfect white shirt ensemble. From statement making to minimal, take your look to the next level by adding a metallic necklace, wearing it under a bustier, or tying on a printed scarf.

Ready to add instant polish to your look? Get inspired by our creative ideas on all the ways to wear a white shirt—for a picnic in the park, flirty date night, to a formal affair, and more.

Check out our style guide for fashion’s favorite perennial favorite piece—the white shirt—in the gallery now!

—Styled by Ali Pew

This feature originally appeared in our June issue. For more stories like this, pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download May 16.