Sunday, May 6, 2012

Style Sunday: White Button-Down Shirt

I really want a new white button-down shirt for both work and play. It is such a classic. I have listed it as a style staple of mine before. This basic can also easily be dressed up or down. One of those highly versatile items, it can be worn different ways, so when you wear the same top twice in a week, you can achieve a different, fresh look the second time and/or take it from day to night with ease. I only have few tops for work and it is time to replace the most dingy one! I will try my best to work either a short or 3/4-sleeve version into my budget after I receive my paycheck on the 18th.

What I'm looking for is a solid one with a fitted silhouette in a cotton blend. I need to try this particular item on to see if it fits well. As I am not into trends, I do not want one embellished with ruffles or ruching or some other voluminous detail. I should have purchased a stock of white 3/4 sleeve shirts from New York & Company about four years ago before they started making them so trendy!

Here's a short-sleeve option:

...but it hides the actual buttons, which is also a feature on a more expensive option offered by Ann Taylor.

I prefer 3/4-sleeves:

...which is similiar to this shirt by Land's End.

The list of things that go with this staple is endless. I always wear jewelry. One can wear any type of jewelry with the white shirt, but I will often either go with white, like mother-of-pearl, pearl or diamond pieces, or some kind of red for a pop of color. 

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