How to Wear a White Button Down Shirt – 5 Do’s and Don’ts

If you have come across a list of staple things to have in your closet, you might have seen the basic white button down shirt included in it. Rarely can you find one clothing that is all of functional, classic and versatile. So if you must stash something in your closet and keep it there for a long time, it has to be the basic white button down shirt.

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It is usually recommended that you wear it for office interviews or similar business occasions. But why stop there? Spice it up by mixing different pieces in your wardrobe. Let these bloggers guide you into working with your basic white button down shirt:

1. Go old school and pair it up with denim pencil skirt.


Denim is at our top piece to wear with a white button down shirt. It doesn’t get any more timeless than this. Aside from your regular denim pants, try denim pencil skirts like what Melisa did. She looks ready to go to school in this prim and proper outfit meshed with an edgy twist: her jelly shoes!

2. Pair it up with black pants.


Whether you are wearing it for work or for play, black pants work seamlessly. We like Jilly’s high-waisted pants with its drawstring details. A bit of a sporty vibe will help lessen the office-like look of this outfit.

3. Go for a white-on-white silhouette.


If you ever get tired of busy prints, try a monochrome look. Alexandra’s outfit is an inspiration. Wear this with a pair of pumps and a cute lunch bag clutch.

4. Pair it up with something printed.


A pair of printed shorts or a cute printed skirt will give your basic white button down tee a fresh, summery appeal. Andrea wore hers paisley-printed shorts and kept the look low-key with flat sandals and a shoulder bag.

5. Take the youthful approach and pair it up with sneakers.


We love Jessi’s styling. She made her basic button down top look youthful and current by pairing it up with a mini pencil skirt and styling it with sneakers (complete with socks!).

Button down shirts are also great when worn under a jumper. You can also pair it up with the popular overalls or get a retro look by tying the hem in a knot over your midriff.

Here are some button down tops we thought you might like to snap:

1. J.W. Anderson Classic Logo Shirt, $510.00 JW-Anderson-Classic-Logo-Shirt 2. Rachel Roy Rachel Shirt, $248.00 Rachel-Roy-Rachel-Shirt 3. James Perse Sheer Slub Panel Shirt, $155.00 James-Perse-Sheer-Slub-Panel-Shirt 4. Two by Vince Camuto Silk Utility Shirt, $99.00 Two-by-Vince-Camuto-Silk-Utility-Shirt 5. Pink Tartan One Pocket Trompe l’Oleil Shirt, $275.00 Pink-Tartan-One-Pocket-Trompe-lOleil-Shirt

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