TRENDING NOW: The White-Button Down, Four Ways
February 5, 2018
The key to building a balanced wardrobe is to start with the basics. To determine which basics you need, take a look at your daily routine. Do you work in a professional office, casual/creative environment, or spend most of your time at home? Regardless of your routine, a great pair of jeans, little black dress, classic pumps and a white-button down are a few pieces every woman needs.
While some may think basics are boring, I’m here to tell you they aren’t! Let’s take the white-button down, for example. I’ll share a few ways this timeless staple can be used to create a stylish and elevated look.
Layered Under A Dress
Layering your white-button down under a dress is a great way to transition from summer to fall. When layering, you want to avoid adding unflattering bulk to your frame. To achieve this, the button-down should be lightweight and structured. A relaxed, boyfriend style top will not work with this look. Choose a thinner material (like silk or other synthetic) and tailored cut. Once you have your top, go ahead and layer under your favorite dress - any color or print will work. The dress should skim the body, not be too tight and in a classic silhouette, like a sheath dress. When the temperatures dip, add an edgy touch by topping off with a leather or bomber jacket.
White denim is a staple for all seasons (Hello, winter whites!) and shouldn’t be packed away after Labor Day. Pair your favorite pair of white denim jeans with a white-button down for a statement-making, on-trend look. This combo will work with distressed, skinny, cropped flare or any style of denim that best flatters your figure. A wedge typically is a more casual option, so if styling for day, a cognac colored wedge is my favorite. A black slide or mule, loafer or classic pump are also acceptable footwear options for this look. As we move into fall, break up the stark white-on-white and layer with a cream-colored blazer or knit.
You can have a ton of fun and really experiment with this look. Leather, bold colors, printed, metallic and plaid are all options to consider when choosing a skirt to pair with your white button-down. In addition to color, this combo works with a variety of skirt silhouettes, like pencil, full or pleated midi. When choosing a skirt, make sure the shape is one that flatters your figure. A pencil is going to work best for a curvy, hourglass (bust and hips almost identical in measurement with narrow waist) figure, while an A-line style is most flattering on pear shapes (hips measurement greater than bust). If the skirt has a high waist, try tying the button-down in the front, instead of tucking in.
Elevated White Blouse
Embroidery, ruffles and other unique design details are everywhere right now. These distinct features make styling these tops a piece of cake. A Gucci button-down with tie-neck, ruffle trim and pearl buttons are easily paired with blue jeans or black slacks.