It doesn’t get more classic than a white button-down shirt. An ideal option for sunny July days, formal job interviews, “creative” job interviews, a girls night out, your Capri getaway, your 3 a.m. visit to the bodega, and even a makeshift Halloween costume — it’s actually hard to think of a place where you can’t wear a white button-down. And not to belabor the point, but if I had to choose one item to wear the rest of my life, it would be my dad’s hand-me-down Oxford white button down from the early 80’s — simple and classic, with the perfectly worn-in fabric that only vintage pieces can capture.
And the beauty of a white button-down is that it’s anything but boring when styled with a little creativity.
Ready to get some mileage out of this wardrobe hero? We’ve rounded up our favorite eight fashionable white button downs that appeal to a variety of occasions, moods, and styles. From WFH life to picnic dates in the park and everywhere in between, getting dressed has never been so chic – and so simple.
Madewell recently remade their perfectly oversized, slightly boxy shirt in weighty wear-it-anywhere white cotton twill. This beloved short-sleeve button-up is effortlessly cool—and so very versatile.
Anine Bing designs timeless wardrobe staples that you’ll want to wear for years to come. This white ‘Mika’ cotton-poplin shirt is cut oversized with dropped shoulder seams and back pleats for a little definition. I love it untucked, styled with jean shorts for a more casual look, or tucked into high-waisted pants and paired with booties for an elevated night out or a business meeting.
This RAILS blouse is a classic look that’s perfect for any warm, sunny day. The fabric is a soft, lightweight weave that feels like perfectly aged linen. Pair it with your favorite denim for a style that’s easy and chic.
Every season, Sézane reinvents their charming Florence shirt in seasonal prints and shades, making it the perfect collector’s piece. The pajama-style shirt collar and button line with covered buttons down the front make this a timeless classic you’ll have for years to come.
Designed with an acid wash and ruffled yoke, this Free People button-down shirt combines western with retro for a darling addition to your weekend wardrobe.
A more feminine take on a classic button-down shirt from PAIGE, featuring smooth, silky fabric, a deep-V neckline, and notched lapels. This versatile piece is really easy to work into layered and stand-alone looks alike.
This breezy, linen Vitamin A cover-up takes style cues from your boyfriend’s button-down. Wear this with strappy sandals and minimalist sunnies for an effortlessly classic beach-day look, or wear it as a dress belted with high boots for an easy transition into fall look.
Tomboy is French for Unpredictable, which was Sézane’s vision for this cotton shirt that has a feminine-masculine allure. Button up, layer up, knot, roll up its sleeves- make it your own. You’re always ready for an adventure in this classic white button down.