The white button-down shirt: It’s a classic that can take you anywhere, from casual coffee with friends to client meetings to a fancy dinner date. With the right accessories, you can change your look to match the occasion — and your personality.
The Boys Are Back… in White
Most men have at least one or two white button-downs in their wardrobe; it’s an office-wear staple. But just because it’s de rigueur doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
Worn casually, the white button-down shirt can make you look sophisticated and pulled together. Wear it tucked in or out of jeans and roll up the sleeves. Accessorize with a fedora or flat cap and Converse-style shoes, then add a leather cuff to your wrist or a custom buckle to your belt.
Trade your casual wear for something a little more office-appropriate. Wear your white shirt with loafers and flat-front trousers (or dark wash jeans for a more office-casual environment). Let your personality shine through with a quirky printed tie and a pullover or button-down sweater instead of a stuffy suit jacket.
For an evening out, pair your shirt with dark-colored pants and dress shoes. Cuff-links can show off your elegant but wild side with super hero, steampunk, and geeky motifs. Pull on a striped, checked, or plaid waistcoat (that’s a vest, to you US chaps) and don’t forget a spritz of your nicest cologne.
Ladies Can Play Dress-up, Too
Of course, guys don’t have a monopoly on the white button-down; the gals can pull off the same classic looks with a feminine twist.
Meet your friends at the cafe in a tunic-style white shirt belted over colored skinny jeans. Top off with big earrings and a fedora or cloche in natural fibers or funky patterns, then slip into a pair of comfy ballet flats. Oh, so Audrey!
Tuck your shirt into a pencil skirt or pencil-leg pant and run to your next meetup. Pull your outfit together with a colorful belt with cutout details, a photo print scarf, and brightly-colored heels or flats. Don’t forget a coordinating bag for your files.
Pair your shirt with a high-waisted flowing skirt in a seasonal color and a metallic belt. Pin up your hair in a romantic style and add some sparkly earrings and a stunning cuff bracelet. Dark-colored heels and an envelope clutch complete the look.
There are many other ways to accessorize your white shirt. Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to infuse your personality into your outfit!