Amp Up Your Button-Down: 5 Ways to Style This Classic Shirt

The white button-down shirt has been a staple in both men’s and women’s wardrobes for decades. Most clothing lines have their own version of the iconic shirt, but no matter where you get it, you have to know how to wear it. Here are five looks for different styles and occasions to ensure that you get the most out of your shirt.

Classic Style

Perfect for women of all ages, this look brings together the classic color combination of red, white and black. Pairing your button-down with patterned black pants, like the Regina pant from J.McLaughlin, keeps the outfit from becoming too simple, especially when worn with pointed red flats. The clean lines of this black leather tote by Ceri Hoover from Exhibit add a sleek finishing touch along with the gold accents from these iconic folding Clubmaster RayBans (available at Doyle Opticians) and Lyons Cuff from Juniper Boutique.

Urban Edge

Button-downs aren’t just the office — wear for a night out as part of an edgier look. Go rocker-chic by layering with a leather jacket and these coated J Brand Jeans. Walk on the wild side with cutting-edge statement accessories like this hand-painted python handbag and leather choker by Mountain Hides to complete the look.

Boho Chic

For a more laid-back look with a touch of Boho, wear your button down with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, like this pair by Levi’s. Simple accessories like these recycled rubber bracelets and relaxed leather hobo bag keep the outfit easy and carefree. Pair with your favorite sandals for the summer or your go-to flats for the rest of the year.

Business Casual

We couldn’t talk about the classic white button-down without including a wear-to-work look. This high-waisted pencil skirt from Wear In Good Health is the perfect compliment and staple item for your professional wardrobe. With your button-down tucked in, layer with a gray cloak and crystal strand necklace for some warmth and a hint of sparkle. The Sevilla clutch from J.McLaughlin is a stylish place to hold all of your business cards and essentials.

Casual Comfort

We all have those days where we just can’t be bothered to put too much effort into our look. Keep it comfy and casual at home or out running errands with an oversized white button-down and some stretchy leggings from Ann Taylor. Wear with your favorite slip-on sneakers (we like these metallic ones by Sam Edelman) and this comfy modal cotton scarf for effortless style. For a bit of fringe and added style, go with this Frye cross-body for your handbag.

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