Ever since I was a young girl, I loved the look of a classic white button down. I remember seeing Carolina Herrera for the first time on T.V., gracefully walking out from behind the curtain of one of her fashion shows, in her tailored black pants and perfect white shirt.
I never saw anyone so elegant.
She immediately became my north star of style.
The vision stayed in my head my whole life, and I dipped in and out of the look through my 20’s and early 30’s. But it’s only been over the last few years that I’ve felt “grown-up” enough to feel totally comfortable in it.
These days, having a few simple outfit combinations, that feel polished but not overdone, has really helped me stay productive while managing work and the current chaos of home life.
Classic White Shirt
For a long time I opted for a super fitted style – I was so cute, but those days, sadly, are over.
Today, I’m all about a classic cut, not boxy, not overly fitted. And I don’t want to spend a small fortune. A white button down is a lot like a white tee shirt – there’s no rhyme or reason to pricing and quality is rarely reflected in the cost.
In my pursuit of a shirt that fits well, and works for my budget and lifestyle, I tried dozens of brands. Imagine my surprise and delighted, when out everything, the one I like the most came from Amazon Essentials for $21.00.
I’m wearing the medium, it runs true, with sizing starting at XS – XXL.
It’s not sheer, the fit is great and it washes well.
I picked up several so I always have some on hand. Here, I paired it with a pair of dark skinny jeans. Of course, you can wear them with a straight leg for the same look. And I’m wearing my favorite Rothy’s that have turned into a slipper alternative.
General Fit and Care
Remember, not all pieces work universally. Button downs are tricky for many when it comes to fit. If you have a full bust, it’s not always worth the alterations you would need to do to get the fit right. (It usually involves sizing up and altering down, or having something custom made.)
But if they work for you, they can be a polished and ladylike staple in your classic wardrobe.
I wear mine half tucked in the front – a trick that actually helps hid your midsection. Doing so creates a chic, casual vibe, like you’re Diane Keaton in any move she’s ever been in.
What’s the best way to keep them white? Well, Carolina Herrera herself once said, “A bar of dove soap and warm water.” Which works, beautiful. Just scrub around the color, cuff, and under the arms to keep them from turning yellow, and throw it in the dryer on low.
Brooks Brothers fitted no-iron shirt is a go to. Available in missy and petite in sizes 0 – 16. Currently 30% off.
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