Katie Holmes Elevates Her Wardrobe Basics With an Illustrated White Button-Down Shirt

Courtesy of a Copenhagen Fashion Week favorite.

Katie Holmes wears a white Munthe shirt with a donkey illustration in New York City
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Even when Katie Holmes wears a no-brainer, Monday-morning-friendly outfit formula, she finds a way to make it fresh. Wardrobe basics like sweaters and slacks are paired with blueberry-toned Mary Janes. T-shirts and denim are coated in embroidery to coordinate with a new sneaker trend. And as for the classic white button-down? Holmes seeks out a version of the eternal staple that looks like no one else's on the Manhattan sidewalk.

Holmes ran errands in New York City on Monday, April 29, in a playful start-of-the-week outfit, swapping a standard-issue shirt with a white button-down by the Danish label Munthe. Where most designers would place a simple chest pocket, Holmes's shirt featured a springtime illustration of a donkey. (Cute!) Her top also had contrasting black buttons and piping along the cuffs.

Completing the easygoing look, Holmes added a pair of relaxed single-pleat trousers, a crossbody bag, and her best loafers, courtesy of Gucci.

Katie Holmes walks in New York City wearing a Munthe illustrated button down and a leather crossbody bag with pleated pants

Holmes took in a bright spring day with a relaxed button-down shirt, wide-leg trousers, and her favorite Gucci loafers.

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Holmes's daytime look included a few of her wardrobe heroes. Working with her longtime stylist Brie Welch, she's found a few pieces she loves enough to own in multiple colors. The most commonly seen shoes in her street style are a pair of Gucci loafers—which Taylor Swift's "Fortnight" video recently featured—in either black or white. Just over a week ago, Holmes took her black pair for a spin with a coordinating trench coat, Isabel Marant distressed jeans, and a solid black tote.

The Dawson's Creek star also has a growing collection of everyday bags. Her oversize Mansur Gavriel bag is her most carried, but she's recently brought a Saint Laurent piece into rotation. Today's camel-tone crossbody hasn't been identified yet—but its sleek design and hardware clasp are typical of Holmes's errand-running outfits. (They're simple and functional, but always elevated.)

Katie Holmes in New York City wearing Gucci loafers in New York City

Katie Holmes wore her same Gucci loafers a few nights ago—just in another color.

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As for Holmes's not-basic wardrobe basic? It comes from a label not commonly seen in the actress's closet. In fact, it might be the first time a Copenhagen Fashion Week designer appeared in her street style lineup.

Munthe is a 30-year-old independent brand based in the Danish capital, known for pieces that infuse visual art with everyday designs—like, say, a button-down completed with a cartoon donkey.

While Munthe is new to Katie Holmes, it has its own deep reserve of fashion insider connections. Last February, Alana Hadid (older sister to Gigi and Bella) walked the label's Fall 2024 runway.

Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.