My white button-down used to be what I grabbed when I thought a simple tee was too casual for a pair of work slacks. The shirt I automatically styled under my blazer for an interview. The lightweight piece I layered under tank dresses at the office when Summer turned into Fall. But now, the button-down is where it’s at. I mean, women are dreaming up entire outfits around one; they are the focal point of a look. Since our turn to early-2000s trends, tops in general are getting a refresh.
Whether you’re just giving your sweater drawer a makeover or you’re searching for slinky spaghetti-strap tanks to style with silk midi skirts for going out, the goal is to go for something flirty or vibrant. Now, when I envision my lineup of button-downs, I picture the linen floral one I wear open at the bottom so it flows over my flares, complete with a beaded bag. I think of the slime green iteration that looks so good with my cargo pants, a great clutch, and chunky white boots.
But the real breakthrough in button-downs is when you start coordinating them with kitschy shoes, like these rose-adorned ’90s sandals, not just attracting attention to your footwear, but also accenting your great blouse. In 2019, we should be letting our button-downs set the scene, define the color palette, and even inspire the right lip shade. If you’re ready to try it, follow me, because I’ve got a few fun ideas for your next combination.
Shop clockwise from top left: Zara Oversize Tie-Dye Shirt ($40), Urban Outfitters Shiloh Shield Sunglasses ($18), pull&bear Cargo Pants With Elastic Cuffs ($40), Tabitha Simmons
Peony Slingback Sandals ($522, originally $745), Boohoo Neon Micro Mini Structured Handle Grab Bag ($14, originally $28)