We get it - every Sunday night is the beginning of another countdown to the next Friday afternoon. We all live for the weekend, and sometimes, that means our style takes a back seat during our 9-5. Style shouldn't be reserved for days that start with an "S", but we know how difficult it can be to put together an outfit when you're running against the clock.
And that's why we love the button-down. The versatility of this classic blouse is perpetually endless. Trends may come and go, but the benefits of this blank slate blouse last forever. Dressed up or down, tucked or knotted, buttoned or unbuttoned - need we say more?
Here are some of our favorite ways to style this cult classic during the work week. Try one (or them all!) to make your morning routine a little easier.
A Jean-ious Pairing
Pairing a structured button-down with denim pants should be under the definition of yin & yang. The two juxtapose one another effortlessly to create a timeless look that is perfect for casual Friday mornings to impromptu date nights. A pair of jeans is a staple in any closet, and the white button-down is no exception here. Together, these easy essentials are the best friends your closet didn’t even know it needed.
Images via Sincerely Jules and Song of Style.
Jump to It
Kick your layering game up a notch – pair your button-down with a sleeveless dress, an open jumpsuit, or even denim overalls for an ultra-chic ensemble. From casual rompers to date-night dresses, our go-to summer staples can be reinvented with this layering trick that looks great in any season. Layer a trench coat over a button-down and overall combo to elevate your style (and pop both collars to add a fun finish to the outfit!). For a night out, top off with a leather jacket or swap to a clutch that’ll steal all of the attention. Pro-tip: choose a silk button-down to keep your layers light and prevent any unwanted bunching around your figure. You’ll thank us later.
Images via Glamour and Atlantic Pacific.
Tone on Tone
Who said you can’t wear white on white? Pair a crisp button-down with bright white denim for a refreshing, monochromatic look. You can try this tone-on-tone aesthetic with softer hues as well to achieve the same effect – a white button-down is next-level when paired with baby blues or blushing pinks. Jeans not your thing? Try a pair of white flared trousers with a fitted button-down for an elevated yet effortless take on this monotone trend.
Images via Sincerely Jules and Who What Wear (for Alexa Chung).
Whether is a mini, midi or maxi, add an interesting flair to your button-down ensemble with a skirt. A voluminous, tulle skirt creates a fit-and-flare silhouette with a tucked-in blouse, while a fitted pencil skirt creates a long, lean line that’s equal parts sophisticated and seductive. Rolling up the sleeves of your button-down creates an effortless vibe with this look, while a perfectly pressed collar adds definition to a loosely fitted bottom. We’re a fan of tying the ends of your button-down into a knot at the front of your skirt instead of tucking it in – this draws the eye into the waist and turns this typically stiff staple into a cute, button-down crop!
Images via Wendy's Lookbook and Glamour (Song of Style).
Layered in Luxury
Office AC blasting at your seat? Layer your button-down with a sweatshirt to keep warm and stylish on the days you can’t beat the chill. Whether it’s your favorite graphic pullover or a luxurious cashmere crewneck, this look can be work-appropriate and fashion-forward all at once. To pull this look off, there’s one prerequisite – the collar of your button-down should always peek out of the neckline of the sweater (and it’s a bonus if the shirt-tails do the same). Add a statement necklace for that final, finishing touch to pull the whole look together.
Images via Something Navy and MLovesM.
What are your favorite ways to wear the classic button-down? Tell us how you would style this closet essential!