WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRT…A CLASSIC
Hello, friends! How was your weekend, and how has the week started for you? Saturday, we had torrential rain that lasted most of the day. I have never been so bored in my life! It would have been a great day to accomplish something indoors, but did I do it? NO! What is wrong with me? I cannot get motivated to do much of anything, which is so not like me. After reading this article, I realized that it’s not just me feeling like this. Still, I wish my brain would focus a little better, especially when I am working on a post.
Once I start looking for items to link, I go slowly down a rabbit hole. After I’ve been on ShopBop or another shopping website for over an hour, it hits me, and I get so mad at myself! Uggh! I do see pretty things, though! Anyway, today, I want to talk about the classic white button-down shirt and all of the items that can be worn with one.
How to Wear a Classic White Button-Down Shirt
I know you all don’t live under a rock and know that a classic white button-down shirt is essential to any wardrobe (even a man’s). When I thought about shooting my white shirt, I went to my closet to get it and had to decide which one out of the ten! Why do I have so many? Because as classic as a white shirt is, they can be so different too. One thing is for sure; they never will go out of style.
My favorite way to wear a white shirt is duh… with jeans.
But I do wear them with other things. Have you ever tried a white button-down a la Carolina Herrera or Sharon Stone? I wore a black taffeta skirt and short (fitted) sleeve white shirt to a black-tie event a long time ago and remembered feeling very chic! I would still wear that same look today.
Another favorite way to wear a white shirt is tied at the waist over a silk skirt like this or this. I also love a white shirt under a slip dress or tied over one. An easy but chic way to wear a long white shirt is over a pair of leggings (leather even better) or over a pair of joggers. A white shirt looks perfect with a pair of high waisted trousers or a skirt. Pair a white button-down with a white bottom for a crisp summer look. If you do, wear shorts, a white button-down looks great with Bermudas or cutoffs. And let’s not forget how great a long white shirt is as a bathing suit coverup.
Having a few white button-downs in your wardrobe is key, and a great white button-down shirtdress counts too! I wear mine all summer. And I think it looks so cute with sandals and a straw hat! I have been living in my button-downs during the quarantine.
So what are my favorite white shirts?
I love this fitted one from LaFayette 148 New York. It’s perfect for any bottom (especially good for a tighter skirt or pants). The one I am wearing is from Gap, and I think I’ve had it for about five years. I also love button-downs from Frank & Eileen, A Shirt Thing, and H&M. Don’t limit yourself to simple white button-downs; ones with a little personality count as a white button-down.
A quick word about my denim: I swear, the minute I get a new pair, they are sold out. I try to link the most similar ones I can find. It’s so frustrating! The ones I have on are by SLVRLAKE.
We have been keeping my daughter’s dog for a few days in between friends keeping him for her. He is a rescue Pomeranian with an underbite to rival any underbite you’ve ever seen! When we picked him up last week, we discovered he had fleas! I made a trip to the vet to get the flea tabs, and we have quarantined him away from our dog. I could have bathed him, but he needs a shave because he looks like a bear at the moment. Thankfully he is scheduled this morning and then will stay with the next friend. I know that sounds mean that we don’t keep him, but we did for years, and he barks too much.
Okay, ladies, that’s it for today. I hope it’s sunny where you are, and you have a great day! xx
Photos: Danielle Sabol
White Shirt ( basically the same one) // Jeans (similar and similar) // Belt // Shoes (similar)
May 19, 2020 @ 10:10 am
Cathy: I’m with you- I have never accomplished so little in my life. Of course Im cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. No complaints as we are blessed and healthy. I would also suggest Brooks Brothers for white shirts – they are flattering and non iron!
I just bought a white check one from Massimo Dutti on sale. You can’t have enough white blouses IMO
May 19, 2020 @ 10:14 pm
I met a very chic older woman wearing a beautiful white shirt and jeans. I asked her where she bought the shirt and she told me it was $14.99 at H&M but the secret is that she has it washed at the dry cleaners and asks for medium starch. It makes an amazing difference!
May 20, 2020 @ 5:22 pm
I have quarantine fatigue as well. So bored, but trying to stay positive by working with my nonprofit. We clothe elementary school children as well as support other hunger and literacy issues. I can undoubtedly tell you the need will be so great this coming school year. I just bought a white shirt from Claridge + King and they sent the most heartfelt handwritten note thanking me for supporting small business. It’s so personal now. My focus is on the children.