By now you probably have an assortment of button-up options¬-- plaid, denim, and our most recent favorite, sheer¬-- that are staples in your everyday wardrobe. It's certainly understandable: these buttoned blouses are a truly practical purchase, thanks to their ability to take us from day to night all year long. As such, this isn¬'t the first time we have addressed this functional wardrobe staple! In How They Wear: Button-Up Shirts, we showcased how a few respected trendsetters were wearing the classic top in a casual undone way. However this time, we're offering you a fresh take on this key piece, courtesy of the spring runways and a new batch of style stars. Get ready to wear this go-to staple in a new way because today¬'s Trend Report is all about the polished, almost prim way to wear these must-buy tops.
As you probably gathered from the above image, the trend for this top is to take a silky or semi-shear shirt and wear it totally buttoned up. A fastened top button is typically a sign of formalwear for men and is most often accompanied by a necktie of some sort, but who says we can't borrow another styling tip from the boys? Fortunately, the spring runways show us exactly how it's done with their delightful variations on the buttoned blouse, minus the aforementioned tie. At Roberto Cavalli and Chloe, the look was more androgynous, contrasting the femininity of a diaphanous dress shirt with loose-fitting trouser pants and boxy blazers. The Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton shows offered buttoned-up blouses in a range of prints, paired with contrasting separates, while at Cacharel this top was shown in an oversized silhouette, otherwise known as the shirtdress.
Of course, we're not the only ones familiarized with this neck-hugging trend; our favorite style muses are sporting the top button too. Our first example comes to us via Chloe Sevigny, who takes on the latest shirt statement in her invariably thrilling way. At the March SXSW screening of Barry Munday, Sevigny opted for a black Sheer Shirtdress ($850) from Proenza Schouler's F/W 10 collection, which barely peeked out from underneath her Proenza Schouler blazer, (also from fall, but sadly, it will not be produced). We particularly like how the transparent fabric brings a seductive sensibility to the otherwise masculine dress shirt. It is both risqu√© and conservative, making it a lovely contradiction and great piece for your boudoir-inspired moments as well. Back in Beverly Hills, at the launch of Z SPOKE by Zac Posen at Mr. Chow, Emma Roberts showed off her own iteration of the see-through top when she wore the Luxury Fine Gauge Knit Polo ($335), Stretch Cotton Bucket Skirt ($195), and Silk Suiting Obi Belt ($165), all from the said line and available at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Much like the entire Z SPOKE collection, Robert's ensemble had fun, fresh, and youthful written all over it.
The button-up has long been a staple of business attire too, so we are always thrilled when we happen upon a fresh way to rock our go-to shirts. Kate Bosworth gave us office-outfit inspiration when she was spotted front row at the Calvin Klein Collection show looking positively chic in the label's Francisco Costa-designed creations. We love the simplicity of her white Structured Blouse ($695) tucked into the burgundy Emu Pencil Skirt ($6,295); it is totally a chic work-wear option. Another corporate-savvy look came to us via Alexandra Richards at a Chanel dinner in New York this past February. It appears Richards was inspired by the lovely prints seen on the runways of Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton when she brought back her Chanel blouse from the S/S 2008 collection. Richards layered her starry button-up under a black jacket and finished off with Emanuel Ungaro pants.
As your stylish subjects illustrate, there are many ways to button up your wardrobe. And while you might have a stack of options sitting in your closet, we like to believe the more the merrier! Just make sure to check out the handful of tops we have selected; we are sure you will find a worthy addition for your collection. For a few sheer iterations, Elizabeth and James' Artist Shirt ($158), Nasty Gal's Raquel Button Blouse ($38), and Silence and Noise's Chiffon Button Down Blouse ($58) will give you a chic, peek-a-boo look. However, if a printed top button is more your cup of tea, the Patterson J. Kincaid's Jillian Fitted Blouse ($98) and Elizabeth and James' Artist Dot Silk-Chiffon Shirt ($245) will definitely fit the bill. For a fun and playful bottom half, the Nanette Lepore Rainshower Shorts ($198) will give you a Sevigny-inspired ensemble, or you can channel Robert's look with J. Crew's Superfine Cotton Pencil Skirt ($98). For a pant option, pair any of the above options with DKNY's Chelsea Trousers ($225) to complete your office-appropriate ensemble.¬--Jessica Baker
Photo of Kate Bosworth, courtesy of Splash; Photos of Emma Roberts and Alexandra Richards, courtesy of Getty