Whether you’re starting the new year (or new month) fresh or wanting a shirt that makes you look sharp and smart, a classic white button down flatters everyone’s style. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, red bottom heels, or the softest basic tee, the white button down shirt is a timeless piece and a wardrobe essential that every closet should have.
When picking out a shirt that will get so much wear, you want to make sure you’re investing in one you will love and can pair with all of your handbags, accessories, watches, jewelry and heels. In this article I’ve defined what to look for to help you find the perfect white shirt:
When trying to find the best white button down shirt, the fit should flare out ever so slightly at the hem, thus cultivating an attractive oversized effect without looking frumpy – think Old Hollywood actresses on set in their finest Vintage Chanel jewelry. This is especially important when choosing a shirt that will match with any style whether it’s slacks for the office or an elegant black skirt for a night out.
Somewhere between the weight of a traditional oxford shirt and the flimsiness of a cotton dress shirt is a very happy medium. The middle ground here hits the fashion sweet spot as this style choice will help the shirt maintain its structure without feeling like stiff cardboard.
It’s really difficult to find a great button down shirt that looks good both untucked and tucked. I’m sure you know the struggle. White button down shirts with slits on the sides are the best of both worlds! These are my favorite styles as they’re the easiest to pair with luxury accessories like a vintage Chanel brooch. They can hang over your slacks, jeans, leggings, shorts, and skirts or for a very polished and elegant look that elongates your silhouette, opt for a tucked look.
Some white shirts have a yellow or blue tint, or are blindingly white. The ideal white button down should be a muted soft white that looks a bit worn-in. Similar to the color of a stale marshmallow, not fully white yet still incredibly delicious to the eye. Once you find that perfect tone, you’ll no doubt have one (or two, or ten) as your fashion fit go-to.
- Easy care
Being machine washable is a must! You’ll want to wear your white button down a lot, so hand washing or dry cleaning isn’t always practical. Make sure to check the tags for proper washing temperatures and drying instructions. The tags are there to guide you so your clothes get the care they deserve giving you the feel you deserve.
Now that your white button down is officially your favorite fashion essential, it’s time to glam it up. Vogue gives us 10 gorgeous looks for the white shirt here and it’s the ultimate street style inspiration. Glamour shared an article on how to wear a white shirt like a fashion person and we’ve been taking notes meticulously.
2021’s Most Popular Accessory To Pair With A White Button Down
Supermodels worldwide are shouting out their favorite Gucci and Louis Vuitton staples and we’re here for it. One that we have to mention is Vintage Chanel as it’s an eternally classic and globally recognized fashion staple that is ever growing in popularity now more than ever.
“…jewelry isn’t made to provoke desire, just astonishment at most. It must remain an ornament and an amusement” – Chanel Harpers Bazaar
Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel changed the way we wear jewelry. Chanel collaborated with jewelers and costume jewelry makers to bring about a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. Chanel Brooches are a complement to our fashion ensemble, a signature accessory that to this day is an essential to our allure.