Making Style Magic With The Simple Button Down

It’s on every “Ten Essentials” list, and it’s part of every “minimalist” wardrobe, although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea: the simple button down shirt or shirtdress. A classic piece in white or pale blue, or with a fine stripe. Easy to find everywhere in the shops and even at the thrifts, although most of the whites shirts there have some issues.

They are timeless classics, usually called “crisp”, although some of us prefer a soft fabric, and some of us don’t own an iron, heh. My favorite button down look is a broken-in chambray shirt with either dark jeans or a feminine skirt on the bottom. I love it when the fabric gets a little worn. My current love is a thrifted pale chambray by Old Navy, about three years old.

And as per always, you can find button down ideas and inspiration from the women at Visible Monday. Over-40 and fabulous, these women stretch and break all the style “rules”, and look incredible doing it. They can work a button down like a boss, and they add new ingredients to a familiar recipe.

Stretch your button-down all the way to a maxi dress. Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life looks fresh and classic-with-a-twist in a pale blue shirtdress with a wide self-belt. The wedge sandals and cool sunglasses make the look summery, and sophisticated. Love her garden; it makes me miss the one we had at the cottage.

Stripes are always nice. Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes is keeping it modern with a striped three-quarter sleeved tunic. I love the statement necklace, and the amazing street art too.

Buttoned down in the city. Elle of The Elle Diaries chose a polished city look with a checked shirtdress, spectator slingbacks and a structured hat. I like the way she buttoned the top button to keep the neckline neat.

Free and easy and boho-glam. Sheela of Sheela Writes is wearing my personal favorite type of button down: loose and soft, sleeves rolled, and tucked into denim. The boots are crazy-good, ditto the shades.

Let us know how you like to wear your shirts, and stay fabulous, xox,

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  2. I too am a fan of this beguiling simple but essential wardrobe piece. I am always a fan of a good button down shirt or dress, in any length. What a nice surprise to see me here, thanks for the shout out. Happy new week!

  3. Classics have such a nice versatility about them that keeps them fresh and going strong decade after decade. They make it easier to be a little fearless as you combine and redefine them in your “own” way!

  4. I’ve come around on the button-downs – sometimes I love them, sometimes I loathe them.They’re super-handy for layering – and for wearing on their own, as these awesome ladies show! Thanks for the inspiration, Patti!

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