The button down. Tuck, tie, unbutton, button-up. This classic shirt is versatility defined. Regardless of your personal style, you are bound to find a material and design that suits you. This gem can also be layered quite easily. Dress up a sweater with a peek of a patterned collar. Transition a sleeveless dress from summer to fall by pairing it with your favorite one. Not just for the office, the button down is an essential poolside cover-up and can even be dressed for an evening out. Endless choices abound.

Here are a few ways you can style your button down, whether you have one or many:

  • Leave the bottom few buttons un-buttoned and tie. Pair with a full skirt, denim, or cropped pants.
  • Layer under a pullover or cardigan sweater. Tuck into a high-waisted skirt or pair with jeans and a blazer.
  • If styling with a mini skirt, tuck in and button all the way to the collar.
  • Style with a scarf tied around your neck and leave the top few buttons undone.
  • Tie a silk ribbon or a men’s tie around the collar.
  • Layer under a sleeveless dress.
  • Layer over a bodysuit and leave unbuttoned.
  • Tuck into a maxi skirt.

Layer away and experiment. The button down is a classic and will be a go-to staple in your wardrobe, if it’s not already.

Polka Dot Button Down: J.Crew, similar here and here
Striped Button Down: Similar here and here
Classic White Button Down: J.Crew, similar here
Some other options: Floral, Gingham, Chambray, Plaid

How do you style your favorite button down?

Photos by N.C. Winslow

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