How to Wear a White Button-down Shirt

by Cricket Webber | October 22nd, 2015 | Essentials, Women's Fashion

woman white shirt (400x400)You’ve probably heard a thousand times that a classic white button-down shirt is a wardrobe staple that you should definitely have in your closet. But it’s intimidating, because it’s so clean and white, and where on earth can you wear something like that? The thing is, the white button-down shirt is such a staple because it is incredibly versatile. You can pair it with just about anything in any situation and look well-dressed no matter what you’re doing.

To the Office

A crisp, white button-down is perfect for the office, and it’s likely the one place where you’re sure you can wear it easily. Whether you wear it with tailored slacks and a blazer or topping a slim pencil skirt, it’s professional and clean. Keep your jewelry and other accessories simple. In cooler fall temperatures, a cardigan or a blazer helps to keep you warm and adds another layer of interest. But the office isn’t your only option.

Out to Dinner

If you’re heading to dinner straight from the office, changing up your accessories can make all the difference. The same pencil skirt and white button-down shirt you wore for day get a lot dressier with a pair of heeled sandals, a slim chain belt, and a pair of dangling earrings that sparkle. On the weekend, you have more leeway. Try your white shirt with a pair of tuxedo slacks or a flirty, flouncy skirt.

Spring Cover Up

In spring, you are often at the mercy of unpredictable weather. It’s not cool enough to wear a jacket or a coat, but it is just cool enough to warrant something else over that sundress. While a light cardigan can work, your white button-down shirt gives you a different look and feel. Cuff the sleeves for a super casual look.

To Run Errands

A white shirt is so versatile that you can wear it with anything. It’s also really comfortable, so when you’re in and out of the car all afternoon, you don’t feel constrained. You can throw your button-down shirt on with a pair of jeans or even shorts, or go a little dressier with a denim skirt or patterned capris. The shirt helps you look put together, even if you’re just puttering around.

There’s no reason to fear that white button-down shirt in the back of your closet. It’s a wardrobe staple, and it can take you through every aspect of your life in style.

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