I consider the white button down a forgotten classic, something you know you should have in your closet but are reluctant to buy. You think what good can I do with just a plain white button down? Maybe images of you at your first job in an ill-fitting button down flashes through your mind, 23 years old in a full-on lady suit completed by a boring white button down and brown leather belt that could be mistaken for your dad’s. (Yes this happened and no photos were not taken although my mother did offer.) This is not what was intended for this classic piece, I promise you. Classic can so easily turn into boring, but more often it can be a piece that works overtime in your closet. Let’s take a look at some shining examples, shall we?
Love the mix of lady like and menswear with big full skirts and a tailored white blouse. I only wish I would have shown up to the office in this look. Le sigh. I also like the two different ways to wear the short sleeve button down — tied or tucked. Adorable, either way.
At first glance this collage maybe looks like 4 similar denim stylings, but if you look closer you’ll actually see 4 different types of denim here. Boyfriend jeans with nude accessories at the top left, light wash denim with a pop of red cross body, then below it’s high-waisted denim mixed with simple accessories and finally a pair of unexpected coated denim and printed heels. One shirt, but multiple opportunities here.
When I’m in a pinch for a real good outfit, I typically go towards simple layers. Layering pieces just make an outfit feel more thought out even though sometimes it’s the complete opposite for me — I’m just grabbing things as I run out the door and hope they work. When you layer classic pieces (like on Julia and Kat, above) it’s hard to miss the target of looking pulled together. A good classic button down can also go from season to season.
One of the best cases I can make for the classic white shirt is the ability to change it with the addition or subtraction of accessories. Take each of these looks, for example, without the sunglasses, the clutch or the big hat, necklace, worn-in crossbody (alright and the perfectly messy boho hair) you would literally just have a white shirt. It’s a blank canvas for whatever look you are going for and it’s having it’s moment in the sun.
Do you have this staple in your closet yet or do you have one you’ve invested in and love to live in? This Madewell one has been my staple from last fall. I’m almost brave enough to wear it without pants like Leandra above (that’s a joke. I’ve already worn it without pants.)
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