Fashion and function intersect at the white button blouse. That’s why this staple is so appropriately called a wardrobe workhorse. Classic and chic, the white button shirt exudes calm, cool and collected. Spring is a great time to put this staple at the forefront of your closet. Get it back into rotation with these six picks from The Local Mom’s Network.
Fitted Non-Iron Stretch Supima Cotton Dress Shirt, $118
This classic shirt is crisp, yet features an unexpected ease because of a touch of stretch. It’s the OG for a reason: pointed collar, single-button cuffs, and two darts down the back. The fitted cut is (bonus!) virtually wrinkle free. Roll up your sleeves for warmer days, or wear as is under a jacket for a meeting with the boss.
The soft shirt lends itself to layering whether over a tank top or beneath a sweater. Sub rayon for silk and you get a machine-washable, low maintenance, wrinkle resistant option. Plus, the price!
The Washable Silk Relaxed Shirt, $150
This beauty is where casual melds with luxury. Washable silk and utility pockets are the odd pairing that we never knew we needed. A machine-washable option features the traditional point collar and a round hem.
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Drapey Ruffle-trim Shirt, $138
A refined, yet flirty option appears preppy due to a ruffle at the neck and sleeve, but veers toward sexy thanks to a beautiful drape. The fabric is cupro – new to us – and is hailed as smoother than silk yet more durable. And, kudos to J.Crew, the shirt is made at a zero-waste facility.
Women’s Classic-fit Long-Sleeve Button Down Poplin Shirt, $25
If you’ve hesitated to buy clothes from Amazon beyond leggings or socks, here’s your reason: an honest-to-goodness white blouse that could pass for a version four or five times its price tag. It competes with the big guns because of a lived-in feel right out of the gate and breast pocket that lends character. At just $25, you can’t help but dub this version foolproof.
Top + Collar Bundle, $175-$200
LePrivé is changing the shirt game with a collection of top-and-collar separates that are stunning and oh-so-practical. The tops have a variety of details, from puffy sleeves to scalloped edges, and the collars have a slew of decorative features that will make mixing and matching fun and sophisticated.
Is it a Button-Down or a Button-Up?
What is the difference between a button-down and a button-up shirt? If you thought it was just a colloquialism, you were wrong! A button-down refers to a shirt where the actual collar is buttoned to the fabric at the neck. A button-up shirt is just that: the clothing that you “button up” from the bottom to the top. Its collar lays freely. For a little more history on buttons and shirts, click on this Lands’ End article.