If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll more than likely notice I wear an awful lot of button-ups. I love them! But while I’ve got them in all colors, patterns, and combos, to me, a white button-up is the perfect shirt of all shirts to own. It’s one of the most versatile tops you can have in your wardrobe. After all, you can pair a white button-up with anything, whether it’s a formal or casual occasion. My white button-ups are staples in my closet, and there are dozens of ways you can wear this classic shirt. In this post, I’m sharing five ways to style a button-up shirt. Woo hoo!
What to Look for When Choosing a White Button-Up
First of all, let’s set the record straight. Is it button-up, or button-down? Is there even any difference?
In an interview for MarieClaire.com, button-up fashionista and founder of Grayson, Audrey McLoughlin, explains: “Technically speaking, a button-down has a collar with an extra set of buttons. It’s a [term that came from men’s clothing] because they would put their ties through the button-down collar.” “I call my pieces a button-up because the placket buttons up, but it doesn’t infer that there is a button-down collar. Women tend to use the term interchangeably, but in a man’s world, they’re distinct.”
OK, so does that clear things up? LOL, I’m not sure, but in any event, let’s get to what to look for when choosing a white button-up and five ways to style a button-up shirt.
When You Shop for a White Button-Up, Consider the Following:
- Style: Collared, V-neck, pocket, no-pocket – there are many different styles of white button-ups. Figure out which type will help you create the look you want.
- Comfort: Whether you’re wearing it to work or for a night out with the girls, your button-ups should be comfortable. I prefer my shirts to have a slight stretch so that I can move around with ease.
- Fit: Do you want the shirt to be loose and flowy or form-fitting? A looser fit is ideal for creating that effortlessly chic casual look. A tighter fit will create a more formal look that’s great for date night or work. When you want a looser fit, take your favorite shirt in one size larger.
Find a versatile shirt that you can dress up or down for any occasion. My personal go-to brand for white button-ups is Grayson. Grayson shirts are comfortable, chic and come in various styles to mix and match with virtually anything in my wardrobe.
Why Grayson Button-Ups?
If you know me, you know I am a huge supporter of female-owned businesses. Of course, that’s not the only reason I am a Grayson fan, but it does make me happy knowing I’m supporting Grayson, its philosophy, and its philanthropic efforts. Grayson gives 2% of its revenue to female-led causes, including The LA Downtown Women’s Center, One Fair Wage, and Uncommon Threads.
And those are several excellent reasons explaining why I decided to become a brand ambassador for Grayson, as well as a customer. In total transparency, this is an unsponsored post. I do purchase these shirts for myself. That’s how much I love them. I mean, come on! You’ve gotta love a brand with strong values, and women leaders who strive for perfection.
As it says on its site, “Audrey McLoughlin (founder) has spent the last decade obsessing over the button-up. She founded Grayson to bring a perfect-fitting shirt to a new wave of women who are re-writing the rules and changing our world for the better.” Anyone who obsesses (healthily) over something they’re passionate about is someone I can absolutely relate to.
Need Another Reason as to Why Grayson Button-Ups are my Go-To? Boob Gap!
Audrey took the time to get-together 30 women and actually used their measurements to create The Hero Button-Up. “It’s one unique style that actually fits—with strategically placed buttons to banish that pesky boob gap and a longer backside for ultimate coverage and comfort.” Ladies, come on – you know what I’m talking about! Pesky boob gap! Begone, I say!
And now, my favorite Grayson shirt –
THE HERO – Grayson’s Signature Button-Up
5 Ways to Style a Button-Up Shirt
1. With Denim
White button-ups and jeans are a match made in heaven. Both can be dressed up or down for a casual look or a night out on the town. These days I’m almost always at home, so the casual looks above are my go-to. Even when I go to my office, I just swap my jeans for slacks and maybe a blazer, and I’m done.
Pair your shirt with any wash of jeans – light, dark, whatever you fancy, and a pair of booties for coffee with the girls or even an afternoon at home, barefoot. Add a layered necklace, replace the booties for heels, and tuck the shirt in all the way for date night with the hubs.
2. Under a Blazer
A white button-up is a staple in any wardrobe, as I mentioned, and when it comes to work attire, it’s perfection. Whether it’s with a blazer and slacks or a skirt, a white button-up says I’m professional, I’m in charge, and I’m a boss-lady.
Go with a more fitted shirt if you’re going to pair it with a blazer. A tighter fit will create a more put-together, clean look. Use your best judgment based on your work culture and dress codes.
Of course, you can always wear a blazer outside of work for a casual-chic look that’s perfect for any occasion. I LOVE blazers!
3. With a Skirt
Not sure what blouse to wear with your favorite skirt? No matter the color or pattern of your skirt, a white button-up shirt is a perfect choice. From maxis to midis, pencil skirts, and everything in between, the classic white shirt goes with any skirt.
Wear it loose, semi-tucked, and partly unbuttoned for a casual look, or tuck it in and buttoned all the way for a business meeting.
4. Over or Under Your Favorite Tops
White button-ups are great for layering. For the perfect winter outfit, wear it under a sweater for a preppy look. In fall or spring, try it over a crop top or cami for a trendy look. I mean, white tops add contrast and pair well with any other color top, don’t you agree?
5. With Shorts
For a more put-together summer look, pair your favorite shorts (khaki or denim) with a white button-up. Grayson Linen and cotton shirts are excellent spring and summer choices because they’re breathable, light, and comfortable. Wear it half-tucked and partially unbuttoned for a chic casual look, and wear hats and sandals to complete your outfit.
And There You Have It!
Five ways to style a button-up shirt! I do hope you enjoyed this post. It was a fun one for me!
If you’d like to give any Grayson shirt a try – white button-up or not here’s the site!
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