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The 18 Best White Button-Downs to Wear on Repeat

These shirts are multitasking masters.

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Few pieces can transcend seasons and social obligations like a white button-down shirt—especially fresh new riffs on the old standby. For spring 2021, keep an eye out for dress shirts with asymmetrical hems, embellishments, and varying sleeve lengths that are a world away from clinical, bare-bones styles. Whether you gravitate towards a soft, feminine look, or feel partial to tomboy tailoring, these white button-downs hold something for everyone.

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1 Lace Inset Button-Up Shirt
Express express.com
$78.00

Lace inserts and dainty jewel buttons will inject romance into an everyday look. 

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2 White Button-Down
LL Beam llbean.com
$54.95

This oxford shirt is made from 100 percent recycled cotton, and has a soft-breathable hand feel.

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3 White Puff Sleeve Button Down
Ganni Intermix.com
$135.00

Tuck this white button-down into a culotte for a fresh work day silhouette. Alternatively, pair it with a linen maxi skirt, a low top sneaker, and a basket bag for weekend brunch.

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4 White Oxford Shirt
Courtesy
Everlane everlane.com
$68.00

This relaxed fit button-down is not afraid of stains. Just throw it in the wash on cold.

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5 Oversized Cotton Poplin Shirt
Toteme matchesfashion.com
$360.00

Wear this oversized rendition to juxtapos  a fitted suit or half-tuck it into a high-waisted jean.

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6 Gold Button Down Blouse
Courtesy
Zara Zara.com
$39.90

Pair this oversized button down tunic-style— with leggings and combat boots. Unfasten the gold side buttons for a flash of skin. 
 

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7 Anzio Tie Front Button Down
Reformation net-a-porter.com
$130.00

Relive '90s style with this linen front tie iteration. Rock it styled over a silky slip dress.

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8 Long-Sleeve White Button Down
Uniqlo uniqlo.com
$29.90

This wrinkle resistant white button-down will be your go-to for any and all occasions.

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9 Oversized Short-Sleeve Shirt
Loulou Studio saksfifthavenue.com
$144.00

Keep this in your rotation for warm weather. Until then, layer it over a fitted ribbed knit turtleneck, paired with a blazer.

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10 Embroidered Button Down
Antonio Marras farfetch.com
$497.00

This embroidered button-down will add interest to any ensemble.

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11 Long-Sleeve Bow Blouse
Sandro Paris farfetch.com
$340.00

A white button-down doesn't have to read boring. A tie collar and high ruffle neckline lends  a bit of Victorian-infused character. 

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12 Embroidered Ruffle Button-Down Blouse
Courtesy
Simone Rocha bergdorfgoodman.com
$146.00

This ruffle blouse will be your special occasion white button-down. Are I dos in your future? Pair this top with a trouser and a bouquet of fresh blooms.

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13 Embroidered Cotton Shirt
Off-White mytheresa.com
$423.00

Padded shoulders, statement cuffs, and a concealed button design take this chic embroidered blouse to the next level.

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14 Cotton Voile Top
Courtesy
Nili Lotan nililotan.com
$245.00

A cool "crinkle effect" in this breezy blouse will lend texture to a laid back look.

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15 Silk Button Down Shirt
Cuyana cuyana.com
$145.00

A silky fabric adds sophistication to this white button-down style.

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16 Poplin Wrap Button-Up Shirt
Helmut Lang Intermix.com
$395.00

A twisted front detail adds femininity to this white-button down. Wear it alongside a power suit for a little added oomph.

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17 Belted Cotton Top
Denimist net-a-porter.com
$265.00

This long belted button-down is a minimalist wardrobe must-have. Wear it with a pair of white jeans and a barely-there Grecian sandal.

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18 Lilie Lace Collar Poplin Shirt
Sandro saksfifthavenue.com
$245.00

A feminine lace collar and pleated sleeves gives this button-down statement-making potential.

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