Published on February 26, 2015 — Leave a comment

Three Ways to Wear It: The Classic White Button-Down

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A white button-down has been a closet essential since the Stone Age, and for good reason: there are infinite ways to style it, running the gamut from snappy to swanky. Here are three up-to-the-minute ways to wear this wardrobe workhorse, whether you’re at the office, enjoying a lazy Saturday, or hitting the town.
White Button Up
With a bright pant: Channel a little Palm Beach spirit in the depths of winter by tucking a classic long-sleeved button-down from Vince into a cheerful patterned trouser, like this Lilly Pulitzer number. With your pants doing the talking, you’ll want to keep jewelry minimal, but a classic belt like this one from Uniqlo and a simple heel like this Rachel Roy pair will keep you looking streamlined and professional, perfect for the office.
 White Button Up with Printed Pants
With a ripped jean: It’s the ultimate high-low combo: a freshly ironed button-down with a torn-just-so jean. To make sure you come off as insouciant and not sloppy, you’ll want to keep the button-down untucked and the jeans skinny. A dressed-up shoe, whether it’s a colorful oxford or a sassy printed pump, also makes things seem more deliberate. Finish it off with a big statement necklace, like this one from Forever 21, under the collar.
 White Button Up w/ Ripped Jeans
With a full skirt: It might seem a little strange, but designer Carolina Herrera long ago figured it out: a crisp button-down with a big, full skirt makes for a pretty darn chic evening look. Start with a classic white shirt from C Abi, then amp up the drama with a voluminous formal maxi skirt in a luxe fabric, like this one from ASOS. Add some sleek silver jewelry, simple black pumps, and a cute box clutch, and you’ll be ready to hit the town.
White Button Up with Full Skirt
What’s your favorite way to style a button-down? Let us know in the comments.