STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Recycle Your White Button-Down

Style Advice of the Week

Trends come and go, but there are always those classic possessions in our wardrobe that tend to stick around. The truth is we keep closet staples close to us because they serve as fundamental pieces that provide the best results when practicing seasonal trends. These items make up the basis of your wardrobe and need to be waiting in your closet, especially during the fall transition.

A wardrobe essential that today’s Fashionista showed, that is a must have in your closet, is a crisp white button-down. This collared go-to is truly a timeless, classic piece that's the perfect trick for dressing your wardrobe up or down. Sure, you may be bored with the simplicity of the white button-down blouse, but the plainness is why it serves as one of the most versatile pieces.

This Fashionista shows how easy it is to apply your individual sense of style to a white button-down by spicing things up with her eye-catching pieces. She goes for a white pattern look with her flashy, animal print Paige jeans. Keeping it trendy, she adds some bold accessories from head to toe with her jeweled flats, chucky gold necklace and Michael Kors bag. However, she doesn’t wear your average structured white collared blouse. She keeps her look chic with a silk, high-low button down from H&M’s newest collection. The oversized silhouette style of her blouse is a particularly popular menswear inspired look as seen on the fall 2012 runways. Designers such as Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang and Isabel Marant featured this look as they adorned their models in oversized clothing that exuded a menswear vibe, while keeping a feminine edge. Today’s Fashionista’s ensemble is a perfect example of how to convey the oversized look in a way that will keep you feeling girly.

The possibilities are endless with white button-down shirts. Whether you want to portray an elegant, playful or professional look, it’s all about styling around this classic piece during any occasion. Pair it with a high-waisted skirt or skinny jeans. The looseness of the button-down will balance your figure perfectly with tight bottoms. If you want to add some depth to your outfit, white button-downs are the trick! It is the ideal piece to layer beneath sweaters, blazers and even under your favorite denim on denim look.

So next time your rummaging through your closet for a fall outfit, don’t ignore your white button-down! Work or play, it is an ultimate classic that can adapt to any look that you aspire.


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