The Fundamentals Of The White Button Down Shirt

Styling The Basics | White Button-Down

One of the chicest basics in your wardrobe… the white button-down shirt! This is one of those versatile pieces you’ll wear again and again. In case you missed it, I covered the classic black blazer here. Remember that without the basics, your wardrobe can’t function properly. I give out freebie basics checklists when you subscribe to my newsletter here. Download and print these to help you.

Below are some tips and recommendations to help you find the perfect white button down for YOU.

Fundamentals of styling white button down shirt featuring fashion blogger over 40 and wardrobe styling expert Erin Busbee wearing white button down shirt with distressed skinny jeans

Criteria for the Perfect White Button Down Shirt 

  • Consider your fabric choice. A no-iron option will be easier to take care of
  • Find a shirt that doesn’t gape or stretch around the buttons. If it does, you should try on a different size or different fit.
  • Fit is KEY! Make sure it’s not too tight on your arms, shoulder, chest, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid of tailoring. Tailoring can bring the white button-down shirt up 10 levels
  • Avoid buttons that stand out. For a classic look, go with a shirt that has white or off white buttons.
  • Think about how you’ll wear your shirt. Whether you want to wear it tucked in or untucked, make sure the length works for you and how you want to style it. For example, if you plan to tuck into trousers, I would opt for a shorter hemline shirt or even a bodysuit so you don’t have extra bulk around the tummy.

Fundamentals of styling white button down shirt featuring fashion blogger over 40 and wardrobe styling expert Erin Busbee wearing white button down shirt with distressed skinny jeans

Go-To Brands For White Button Downs

If you want a softer, thinner cotton shirt…check out the Frank & Eileen line. I also really love this Bella Dahl shirt. Both of those are a little pricey so I linked other options above. For less expensive options check out Loft, The Limited, and H&M. I also love Banana Republic’s white button-downs. This one is stain-resistant!

Fundamentals of styling white button down shirt featuring fashion blogger over 40 and wardrobe styling expert Erin Busbee wearing white button down shirt with distressed skinny jeans

How To Style

A white button-down shirt can elevate your look. Whether you’re wearing it with jeans or office wear. You can wear it with jeans, skirts, pants, and even under dresses. You can see how I styled it in this post. My go-to look is jeans and a white button down. It also looks great with a blazer, leather jacket, suede jacket, etc.

Fundamentals of styling white button down shirt featuring fashion blogger over 40 and wardrobe styling expert Erin Busbee wearing white button down shirt with distressed skinny jeans

What To Wear UNDER the Button Down

You might be able to find a white button-down that doesn’t require wearing anything underneath, but a nude bra. But if you do need something to wear underneath, I suggest a tank or camisole. I’m a brand ambassador for Jockey now and I just grabbed this Jockey slimming tank.  It has built-in tummy control. They also have a seamless tank that’s very comfortable. You can also simply wear a regular cotton tank or cami. All of the Jockey tanks are long, which is a bonus for those with long torsos. For a dressier and sexier look, try a lace cami underneath.

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  1. Where did you find the White shirt that is in the feature picture? I clicked through your mentioned options but did not recognize it. Thank you!

  2. You didnt memtion your 3 layers of jewerly!! Is that Gorjuna Jewelry? Please share or is it Ana Luisa? Very nice lOom With the white button dOWn!!

  3. Those are great options. Another blogger also got me into uniqlo button downs. They drape so beautifully and resist wrinkles.

  4. HI erin!
    Love your blog! I dont see the link of the white shirt button down you have on. It has a big collar and bell sleeves. Can you tell me the brand and where you got it?
    Thanks so much❤️

  5. I Love your look – wearing Light distressed jeans with white button down shirt – what brand is the white shirt?
    I am wanting the same shirt, and the cami, and Moon cresant necklace your wearing too. Often i do not like white shirts on me they look stiff and lack the laid back vIbe i like. You style everything so well, Erin!!