10 Collared Shirts That Do Double Duty

There's nothing better than stocking your closet with clothes that do the work for you. Our current fave? A collared shirt, because whether you've found yourself with a jam-packed morning when you could really use an extra five or 10 minutes or you're running out the door on a Saturday night contemplating bringing along that extra layer, this wardrobe staple is there to save the day.
And, to aid you in those hectic moments, we rounded up 10 styles you can always depend on to lend that helping hand. You already know a collared shirt's tailoring has the ability to literally button you up and keep you looking polished, but we've got a few that give you even more mileage. From super basic with a hint of flair to eye-catching resort '14 photo prints, at least one of these working-overtime shirts should find a place in your arsenal for a seasonless item you can sport year-round.
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1. Striped, Shrunken Shirt: An alternative to a basic chambray, blue stripes pair well with almost everything.

Madewell Café Striped Boyshirt, $49 ($30 with discount code SALETIME), available at Madewell.
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2. Sheer Panel: Just a bit of peekaboo that, worn alone, can dress you up for a party or be worn over a turtleneck for work.

Topshop Multi Panel Shirt, $72, available at Topshop.
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3. Embellished Tips: So pretty — they have the potential to jazz up your go-to suit in a snap.

Ted Baker Emmbe Embellished Collar Shirt, $136, available at Ted Baker.
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4. Tunic-Length: Try Steven Alan's styling trick for a super-cheeky, unexpected pattern play, with the tails of your top peeking out from under a miniskirt.

Steven Alan New Classic Shirtdress, $150 ($113 with discount code 25OFFSA), available at Steven Alan.
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5. Sleeveless Silk: A summer must-have to wear casually alone and tied up or the ultimate staple for seamless sweater and jacket layering — second to a dickie, of course.

Nomia Club Collar Shirt, $117, available at American Two Shot.
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6. White Button-Up, Gold Buttons: It's subtle, but the tiny hints of gold add a little something to the most basic of wardrobe staples.

Club Monaco Kaylan Silk Shirt With Gold-Tone Accents, $129.50. available at Club Monaco.
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7. The Statement Blouse: Choose a bold, standout print the requires nothing but a pair of skinny jeans for an insta-look — you know, for those nights when you have 10 seconds to get ready for dinner.

Mother Of Pearl Jim Lambie Printed Silk Shirt, $515, available at Net-A-Porter.
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8. The Always-In-Season Camo Shirt: Depending on the weather, it's a shirt, a jacket, or both.

TNA Otago Blouse, $49, available at Aritzia.
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9. Short-'n'-Boxy: For those days when you can't wrap your head around a half-tuck, the full version feels too prim, and a longer shirt covers your sweet leather, pleated pants (or other awesome bottom style that should not be hidden by long shirttails).

ASOS Tartan Check Shirt, $45.37, available at ASOS.
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10. Contrast Collar:For those who don't do jewels, embellishment, or bold prints, this clean-lined style is just the detail that can elevate a basic outfit.

Levi's Relaxed No Pocket Shirt, $54.90, available at Levi's.

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