When it comes to wardrobe essentials a white button-down shirt falls under the necessary-but-basic category. Sure, with the right styling, the staple can read as preppy, chic, or polished—but where do you go after that? If you’re in need of fresh outfit ideas involving the classic piece, here are 11 different ways to wear it right now.
Team it with a maxiskirt, floppy hat, and aviator sunglasses to create a business-meets-bohemian vibe.
Let a top with a Peter Pan collar anchor a printed matchy-matchy set.
Pair the blouse with slim-cut black pants and flashy shoes.
Tuck a long-sleeve version into a high-waist skirt. A dainty necklace under the collar will spice up the stark shirt.
On cooler days, layer a long button-down under a summer sweatshirt, letting the bottom half hang out. Keep from overheating by teaming the duo with a short skirt.
If you’re typical work look is wearing the shirt with a floaty skirt, add dimension by wearing a short-sleeve top over it.
This girl makes her blouse-underneath-a-cape look work by rocking it with a miniskirt that has the same color scheme.
A study in trying new proportions: Wear a sleeveless version underneath a lightweight blazer. The combination works well with an A-line skirt that’s slightly longer.
Layer a silky blouse under a pinafore jumpsuit. Accessorize with a boater hat, a cross-body bag, and a pair of ankle boots.
Add a touch of girly edge to a white shirt with a leather skirt and menswear-inspired shoes.