Why Women Over 40 Should Own A White Button Down Shirt

Why Women Over 40 Should Own A White Button Down Shirt

A white button-down shirt is a wardrobe staple no matter what your age! But as we get older, we need more tailored (pun intended), curated closets. That’s why I always talk about the wardrobe basics checklists. Having those basics makes it easier to get dressed and build a sophisticated, chic outfit every single day. A white button-down is one of those basics! If you haven’t gotten those checklists, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter here.

Watch this video with 6 edgy, stylish ways to wear your white button-down!

White Button Down Over 40, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white silk button down by Lilysilk with Valentino rockstud sandals and J brand natasha jeans in Telluride, Colorado

Why Own A Button-Down??

  • It’s versatile. You can layer a white button-down under almost anything and wear it with pants, jeans, skirts, shorts, etc. You can also wear it in so many unique ways…as I show in this video.
  • It can be dressed up or down. Want to wear jeans but look polished? Throw on a white button-down. Need to look professional at work? Throw on a white button-down! It’s so easy to style for almost any occasion.
  • It’s timeless. The white button-down has been around a long time…and has NEVER gone out of style! This isn’t a trendy piece you’ll throw out. It’s something you can invest in and wear over and over again.

Find five of my favorite white button-downs below…Plus, criteria for selecting the perfect white button-down, how to style a white button-down, and what to wear underneath!

Button Downs For Summer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing the white cotton Rails Ellis shirt with Moussy Vintage tapered jeans and Golden Goose platform sneakers from Nordstrom in Telluride, Colorado

#1 | Rails Cotton Button Down

This Rails shirt has been a heavy hitter for me this spring and summer. It’s 100% cotton so it’s lightweight and keeps you cool. It definitely has a more casual, relaxed look but will still make you look chic and sophisticated. I like to roll the sleeves up and tuck it into the front of my jeans or tie it in a knot at the waist.

More from Rails here.

White Button Down Over 40, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white silk button down by Lilysilk with Valentino rockstud sandals and J brand natasha jeans in Telluride, Colorado

#2 | Lilysilk White Button Down

For something dressier, this Lilysilk button-down is a nice option. Lilysilk is known for their amazing silk fabric. It looks and feels super luxe and chic. But you can still wear it with jeans. I’ve also added a lace cami to make it a little sexier for date night. It would also be a beautiful shirt to wear to work if you’re going into the office or if you just want to look sophisticated and polished for a Zoom call!  Find more tips on how to look professional during Zoom calls here.

More Lilysilk shirts here.

White Button Down Over 40, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white button down shirt by Lafayette 148 and ripped jeans in Telluride, Colorado

#3 | Lafayette 148 White Button Down

Both of the previous button-downs are super high quality and amazing options. But if you want a higher-end option to invest in, I recommend this Lafayette 148 shirt. It’s a stylish, crisp white button-down that you’ll be able to wear for years.

More Lafayette 148 shirts here.

White Button Down Over 40, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white button down and black wide leg pants by Billie The Label in Telluride, Colorado

#4 | Billie The Label White Button Down

I featured this cool white button down by Billie The Label in my shop like a pro video. It’s not just a basic button down… It has a cool popped collar and puff shoulders. These elements make it more modern and special. This is the perfect shirt for you fashionistas who need a white button-down but want something a bit more unique!

More by Billie The Label here.

White Button Down Over 40, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style sharing the best white button downs including this white shirt by The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens

#5 | The Shirt White Button Down

This is our Community Manager Denise’s favorite white button down. It has two buttons at the bust, so you don’t get that gaping or pulling around the chest. Which makes it perfect for bustier women!

Shop more The Shirt best sellers here.

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 any 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 other than a nude bra.  If you do need something to wear underneath, I suggest a tank or camisole. I’m a brand ambassador for Jockey so I 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.

 

What is your favorite way to wear a white button down? Please share in the comments below.

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  1. Absolutely perfect info and now look
    Forward to PURCHASING a new white shirt, with muLtiple ways to wear
    Thank you 😀

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

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

  5. 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❤️

  6. 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!!