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The same goes for a crisp white button-down shirt to wear from the office to happy hour, and to couple with worn-in denim for brunch the morning after.
A textbook workwear staple, the white button-down’s migration into street style is nothing new, though its as timeless as ever.
Looking for one to suit your weekly round of activities?
From oversized to cap-sleeved to the most French tuckable, here’s 15 of the best white button-downs to shop for any time of the year and for every occasion.
The snappy collar, boxy cut, and slightly puffy sleeves on this top by COS add a bit of flair to its boyish style.
SHOP IT: COS, $45 (originally $89)
SHOP IT: Everlane, $147
We’ve got our eyes on oversized thanks to Entireworld. This organic cotton shirt pulls out all the stops: it’s soft, sturdy, lightweight, and full of voluminous fabric to cozy up in.
SHOP IT: Entireworld, $125
Madewell named this loose-fitting button-down appropriately, because it’s perfect for everyday wear. Pair it with jeans for a more casual look or dress it up with some pleather pants for nighttime.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $70
With the texture of irresistibly soft silk and a slightly oversized fit, this cotton blouse from Everlane is picture perfect.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $95
Puff sleeves à la 2020. With just the right amount of shoulder height on this organic cotton blouse, you can enjoy wearing it without worrying about appearing too 80s.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $60
The relaxed fit on this collarless blouse by STAUD is airy and super versatile.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $185
Taking boxy to a whole new level, Everlane’s Square Air Shirt begs for a pair of high rise jeans to be tucked into.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $68
This button-up from 7 For All Mankind is a standout piece on it’s own, though it’s also an ideal canvas to let a brightly coloured long sleeve shine underneath.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $165
A vintage-inspired statement collar will always be expressive and assertive, which is why we love the detail on this poplin-style shirt by Ganni.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $165
Also made with Everlane’s Clean Silk fabric, this dainty puff-sleeve shirt is simply darling.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $132
A statement collar doesn’t have to have sparkles or frills to stand out - just take the large, clean-cut collar on this cotton shirt by Comme Des Garçons for example.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $305
The pearl-like buttons on this silk blouse from Club Monaco are such a pretty, ultra-feminine detail.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $160
SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $108
You’d never guess that this top from Mara Hoffman was made with sustainable TENCEL Lyocell fabric that’s created by dissolving wood pulp into a flexible fibre, would you? It’s beautifully designed silhouette also comes with a removable belt.
SHOP IT: Mara Hoffman, $295