One of the most versatile pieces you can have in your fall wardrobe is a button-down shirt. (See part one of this fall staple post here.) There are so many ways you can wear it. Look at all the ways blogger Heather Smith styled her chambray shirt:
Wearing her chambray shirt with everything from maxi skirts to a pencil skirt, Heather incorporates it into her outfits year-round. I love the one in the middle of the last row. It’s a great example of how you can wear white after Labor Day.
Blogger MK from Outfit Posts styled a white button-down shirt twenty-nine different ways:
She has a chambray shirt roundup, too. Her closet must be fabulous – I’m so envious!
My favorite outfits are the one in the first row with the pink sweater and the one in the last row with the yellow skirt. Faded denim next to vibrant colors is so appealing to me.
A plaid button-down shirt isn’t quite as versatile as chambray or white, but MK has another round-up, highlighting her red plaid shirt from Gap.
So many outfit ideas! You could print these out and hang them in your closet for inspiration.
If you have a chambray, white, and/or plaid button down shirt, you’re all set and can stop reading now and start creating outfits. 🙂 But if you are looking for a button-down shirt, I found some options for every budget and body type.
Talbots’ chambray shirt ($79.50) is the perfect soft shade of blue. It has button-flap pockets and long, tabbed sleeves. One thing I like about shopping at Talbots is that they have four different departments: misses (regular sizes,) petites, woman, and woman petites. The clothes in the women’s petites department are cut for short, curvy people like me, so I usually don’t have to take up the sleeves and hems. I like the way this shirt narrows in the waist and flares slightly at the hip – very flattering. Sizes XXS-3XP.
The chambray shirt from Gap ($59.95) is a classic. It has a slim, tailored silhouette with a relaxed fit, and the shirt tail comes down below the hips, which is great if you want to wear it with leggings. Sizes start at XS and run through XXL. I haven’t bought a shirt at Gap in years because they didn’t carry my size, but this one looks like it just might fit.
Eileen Fisher makes this chambray shirt from Nordstrom ($198.) It’s the most tailored and conservative of the three, which makes it great for work outfits. The tencel/cotton blend gives this shirt a luxurious feel and make it wrinkle-resistant. This is a good investment piece because you’ll wear it year after year.
Like the chambray, Gap’s white button-down shirt ($49.95) is also a classic. This slim-fitting boyfriend shirt has buttons on the collar and the sleeves, and it ranges in size from XS to XXL. I have a hard time wearing boyfriend shirts/jeans/cardigans because they are usually cut for women without curves. The reviews say to size up, so I would probably get XXL if I got one.
Rochelle Behrens’ Icon white shirt ($198) is the crème de la crème of white shirts. Actually buttoning a button-down shirt is a challenge for busty women like me – there’s always that gape across the middle. Rochelle Behrens solved that problem with her patented No Gape™ button technology. You can read about it here. I haven’t tried on one of these shirts, so I can’t tell you if the patented No Gape™ button technology really works, but it would be fabulous if it does! Anyone ever try on an Icon shirt? Did it button without a gape? I’d love to know! XS-XL
Talbots’ white shirt ($84.50) is made from wrinkle-resistant cotton poplin. It has two long sleeves with button cuffs, and the smooth tailoring makes it perfect for work. It’s hip length, so you can probably wear it with leggings. It comes in seven other colors and ranges in size from XXS (petite) to 3XP (woman petites.)
I love this plaid shirt from Talbots ($79.50.) It’s a classic color combination with a twist – chambray-lined collar and cuffs. It falls below the hip – can’t you see this shirt with dark wash jeans and brown boots? Sizing is the same as the chambray and white shirts from Talbots.
I adore this plaid shirt from Rochelle Behrens’ Icon collection (on sale for $98 – only XS, S, and M left.) It’s everything a girl could want in a plaid shirt! The navy, green, and chambray pattern is so pretty, and the fabric looks rich and substantial. (You really should click the link to see a close up of this shirt.) Thanks to the No Gape™ button technology, I could probably button up this shirt if they still had my size!
This shirt from Nordstrom ($68) is a traditional plaid in soft, cotton flannel. It has a fitted point-color and twin button-flap pockets. Roll up the sleeves with the button tabs for a laid-back look. Sizes XS-XL.
Button-down shirts are a great way to maximize your wardrobe because you can wear them with so many other pieces. If you add only one piece of clothing to your fall wardrobe, make it a chambray shirt. (But you really need leggings, so you’ll have to add two pieces. Sorry/not sorry. 🙂 ) If you want to see additional options for button-down shirts and many more ideas for how to wear them, just follow my Pinterest board!
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