A white button-up is like the sartorial equivalent of a blank canvas; set as the foundation piece of your look, it lends itself to an endless amount of interesting styling options. Though a longtime staple of the traditional nine-to-five uniform, this crisp closet necessity has its place outside the corporate world too, yielding loads of fashionable daytime and after-hours ensembles. Seeing as no fashionable wardrobe would be complete without a few white button-ups in the mix, we're showing you three must-try styles, as well as some top-notch essentials, to help you Get The Look!
While there are a hundred (if not more) ways to wear a white button-up this season, we are especially fond of Leelee Sobieski's boy-meets-girl styling. For the Women's Filmmaker Brunch during the Tribeca Film Festival late last month, the actress paired her Adam Kimmel button-up with a vintage Azzedine Alaia high-waisted skater skirt and Balenciaga leather monk-strap shoes for a noteworthy outcome that is uncomplicated, polished, and a bit debonair-perfect for the style-minded professional on the go!
Using Sobieski's easygoing daytime outfit as a reference, we've scoured the market for stylish button-ups that are ideal for the warm months ahead, and we've even included a handful of key pieces to help you complete your look! Read on for details and some styling tips, and be sure to tell us which white button-up is on your must-have list this spring.
Tucker Slim Fit Combo Shirt ($327, 212.938.0811) in Ivory with Sponge Cake
For a modern take on this timeless wardrobe essential, don't miss Tucker's Slim Fit Combo Shirt. This pajama-inspired blouse oozes easy elegance, not to mention, the printed trim adds just the right amount of visual interest, ensuring this button-up is anything by ordinary!
Lands' End Regular Short Sleeve Peter Pan Blouse ($25.50) in White
If you fear the white button-up is a bit too borrowed-from-the-boys for your tastes, we'd like to direct you to the Peter Pan Blouse by Lands' End. Featuring a fit-and-flare silhouette and a youthful rounded collar, this sweetly feminine top is a nice alternative to the traditional shirt. Try it tucked into a knee-length pleated skirt for a business meeting, or pair it with tailored tomboy shorts and loafers for a preppy weekend look.
Equipment Diem Tie-Front Washed-Silk Shirt ($185) in White
We like to think of Equipment's Diem Tie-Front Shirt as the perfect weekend shirt. Trust us, this breezy, sleeveless blouse will become your best friend when the sweltering summer heat arrives, plus we love how the tie-front detail lends the piece a cool and casual look. It's just the kind of white button-up you want to have on hand for a backyard BBQ or picnic in the park.
Style It With/A Skirt
Now that we've shown you four stellar white button-ups, we'd like to offer you some additional styling suggestions! Whether you're looking to spruce up your office attire or simply create a cool off-the-clock ensemble, these essentials will definitely do the trick! For readers looking to emulate Sobieski's masculine/feminine look, be sure to pick up ASOS' Full Skirt in Contrast Hem ($80). The voluminous silhouette lends the skirt a flirtatious spirit, however, the dark, color-block design keeps the piece professional, so it will easily take you from the boardroom to after-hours cocktails.
Style It With/Shorts
If skirts aren't really your cup of tea, you can always try printed shorts instead, like Burberry London's Jacquard Shorts ($325), which will instantly add interest to your outfit. If this pair falls into the pricier end of your summer wardrobe budget, we also approve of Dolce Vita's high-waisted Agustina Ikat Shorts ($154); they'd look sharp worn with a tucked-in button-up and neon belt.
Style It With/Accessories
As for the rest of your look, we recommend incorporating a few sleek and minimal accessories. A chic timepiece adds an element of sophistication to any ensemble (day or night), which is why we think a timeless style like Cartier's Tank Solo Watch ($2750)-Anne Klein's Crystal Embellished Watch ($85) is a worthy budget-conscious alternative-will complement your sharp button-up brilliantly. Finally, instead of slipping on sky-high heels, go for Gucci's Betis Glamour Leather Ankle Boots ($839) for a cool, downtown finish.--Jessica Baker