These Nordstrom Button-Down Shirts Have Such High Reviews, so I Tried Them

I think we've all experienced many emotions when it comes to buying button-down shirts. Whether it's the fabric, the fit, or the color, finding a dream button-down is no easy feat. Prior to trying on these shirts from Nordstrom, the ones in my closet were either too flimsy, not breathable, or wrinkled too easily, so I just kept amassing more disappointing button-downs over time.

When I saw the great reviews of these button-downs by Open Edit, I knew I had to try them to see if they could get me out of this endless loop. Not only are they made from the lightest, most crispy 100% cotton fabric, but the cut is also, dare I say, perfect. The sleeves are long and wide enough to create an enviable cuff and the shape is oversized enough to feel comfortable yet still be flattering. I ordered a size small and had more than enough room to move around without feeling constricted at all. Maybe the best part is that they're currently on sale and will cost you under $40, the worst part is they'll probably be sold out soon.

Keep scrolling to shop my new favorite button-downs and see how many cool ways these shirts can be styled. Also below are the 17 best button-downs on the market right now for every occasion from the beach to a night out. 

On Vacation: Pink Button-Down + Bermuda Shorts + Flip-Flops

If there's one item I'm always packing for a vacation, it's a button-down shirt. They are so versatile that it just doesn't make sense to leave them at home. This pink shirt is a joyous pop of color that will pair beautifully with faded denim and shades of tan for daytime lounging by the pool, and would also look cool with a black maxi skirt in the evening.

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The shirt has slits on each side so you can easily tuck the front into pants and leave the back out.

While I'm forever a Daisy Dukes fan, this season is all about longer hemlines. These Pistola shorts hit the thigh at the perfect place and are the best thickness for high temps while maintaining enough sturdiness to hold their shape.

Flip-flops are the sandal of choice this year, and Havaiana's are the best pair on the market.

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The long cut in the back makes this bold shirt a perfect beach cover-up. Plus, this orange color is stunning.

Layer this patterned top with other patterns for a very nouveau bohemian look.

Saturated hues are a great way to add energy to your look.

Running Errands: Blue Button-Down + Bike Unitard + Sneakers

As an L.A. girl, 90% of the time I'm in errand attire. For the days I want to still look presentable enough to potentially pop into an event or friend gathering I would definitely reach for this outfit. The button-down instantly disguises an otherwise exercise outfit into an elevated look—nobody's gonna know. The key in nailing this look is the crispness of this shirt which was surprisingly easy to accomplish with a quick steam.

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This faded blue color could pass as white from afar and can go with so many looks.

I can't rave enough about this unitard. It's made from a thick stretchy material that holds everything in and has a built-in bra to hold everything up. Plus, the shorts stay put and don't ride up!

Not only do the thick soles make Hokas extremely comfortable, but they also add a literally and figuratively elevated feel to your look.

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Asymmetric hemlines are only gaining more and more traction.

It's all about the details in this pajama-inspired shirt.

The V-neck is begging for some layered necklaces.

Wear this shirt with a long flared skirt, jeans, or even shorts. It's a super-versatile year-round staple.

A Night Out: White Button-Down + Midi Skirt + Strappy Heels

This classic white button-down has the perfect proportions to layer underneath a blazer or jacket. My favorite part is how the long sleeves peek from under your jacket, it just pulls everything together. The roomy arms also allowed me to freely move around without feeling constricted. 

This Y2K-inspired skirt is so nostalgic but still looks fresh and new. It has a mid-rise fit with lots of stretch, so make sure to size down.

The smart-casual energy that houndstooth blazers exude always makes me feel so grown. This one looks like the ideal oversized fit to be able to add layers underneath.

This mixed metal chain will go with any outfit! You can also turn it around to show one metal or another depending on the look at hand.

Fun and flirty, these strappy sandals will surely spice up everything from everyday shorts to dresses and skirts.

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Sheer is a huge trend on the rise, and Nensi Dojaka is leading the pack. This demurely sexy top strikes the perfect balance.

The draping of this silk top is divine.

Pair this cropped top with a high-waisted maxi skirt for a cool play on proportions.

The ruching hugs your curves so beautifully.

The top you can wear to work and then to drinks.