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The Best White Button-Downs to Wear on Repeat

These shirts are multi-tasking masters.

paris, france   may 27 a passerby wears a white shirt, a black pleated skirt, on may 27, 2020 in paris, france photo by edward berthelotgetty images
Edward Berthelot

An easy white button-down can give your outfit a fresh take, but finding the right one can prove challenging. But once you do find your perfect fit, that white button-down will become the MVP of your wardrobe. Few other pieces can transcend seasons and social obligations, from brunch to black tie; plus, new riffs on the straight-laced button-down make it appropriate for a bevy of occasions. Seek out dress shirts with asymmetrical hems, embellishments, and varying sleeve lengths that are sure to set themselves apart from the bare-bone button-downs worn in the executive suites. Style your crisp, slim-fit versions, untucked, with vintage jeans and canvas sneakers. Perk up your fitted pencil skirt with a slightly oversized take. Whether you gravitate towards a soft, feminine look, or feel partial to tomboy tailoring, these 12 white button-downs run the gamut.

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1 Jewel Button Blouse
ZARA zara.com

Nobody will know that the jewel buttons on this wide-lapel "button-down" are faux. 

2 Short Sleeve Button Down
Closed farfetch.com

You'll want this one in your rotation for upcoming heat waves when you still need to appear presentable. Bring along a sweater for conference rooms with the A.C. on blast.

3 Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Totême net-a-porter.com

This loose-fitting lightweight blouse will satisfy all of your white-button down needs. Wear it tucked into a fitted suit or half-tucked into a high-waisted jean.

4 Beaded Poplin Shirt
Brunello Cucinelli net-a-porter.com

A side pocket adorned with delicate monili beads makes this white button-down an easy way to elevate your look. 

5 Puff-Sleeve Top
GANNI saksfifthavenue.com

A white button-down with puff sleeves can still look profesh for corporate culture. Might we suggest tucking it into a culotte for a newer office silhouette? You can also pair it with a linen maxi skirt, a low top sneaker, and a basket bag for weekend brunch.

6 Ruffled Blouse
Àcheval Pampa net-a-porter.com

A white button-down doesn't have to be boring. A tie collar and puff sleeve gives this one a bit of Victorian-infused character. 

7 Knotted Button-Down
Off-White farfetch.com

A tie-knot front and an all-over logo print is the perfect complement to one of summer's best shorts.

8 White Oxford Shirt
Everlane everlane.com

A relaxed, borrowed-from-the-boys fit is never not comfy. Plus, this one's not afraid of stains. Just throw it in the wash on cold.

9 New Apron Shirt
Alexander McQueen saksfifthavenue.com

This apron-inspired blouse will be your special occasion white button-down; it's adorned with scalloped lace details and an asymmetrical hem. Are I do's in your future? Pair this top with a tapered white trouser and a bouquet of fresh blooms.

10 Crinkled Twill Shirt
Martine Rose matchesfashion.com

A cool "crinkle effect" will lend texture to an otherwise fresh-pressed ensemble.

11 Snap Ruffled Shirt
Nº21 farfetch.com

This snap-clad button-down transforms into a cut-away blouse when you unfasten the shoulders. Pair it with a red lip and it'll be your saving grace for post-work dates.

12 Side Collar Tassels Shirt
Monse monse.com

Asymmetrical buttons, black piping, and a collared tassel give this button-down statement-making potential.

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