The Best White Button-Down Shirts for Your Wardrobe

The perfect styles to make you look polished, put-together, and effortlessly cool.

The white button-down shirt is the workhorse of any wardrobe: dress it up with slacks for the office or an elegant skirt for a night on the town, dress it down for PTA meetings, errands, or weekend brunch. No matter how you wear it, a white button-down adds instant savoir-faire to any look, which makes having a great one (or two, or ten) in your closet a fashion essential. Still searching for the perfect style? Worry not, we've rounded up the very best white shirts around to give all your favorite looks a boost.

Classic Fit Cotton Poplin Boy Shirt


SHOP NOW:, $69.50

So you're a minimalist who wants one white shirt that can do it all? Meet your closet's new best friend. Loose enough to look relaxed with a pair of jeans, dressy enough to add polish to a suit or skirt, it's a born multitasker. 

Stretch Poplin Button-Up Short Sleeve Shirt

SHOP NOW: Dickies,, $30.83

Add a touch of whimsy to a sophisticated look with a short-sleeved version of the classic Oxford-style button down. 

The Eileen Poplin Shirt

SHOP NOW: Frank & Eileen,, $208.00

Want to bring home a little Duchess style? This royal-approved button-down brand is such a favorite of Meghan Markle's that she even got Prince Harry wearing its men's line. 

No-Iron Stain Shield Pocket Tunic

SHOP NOW:, $39.00

For looking put-together on the go, this tunic-style button down's fabric is specially made to resist stains and wrinkles so you can maximize your travel wardrobe while minimizing your luggage. 

The Golightly

SHOP NOW:, $185.00

This shirtdress style from size-inclusive brand Même Chose brings the structure of a classic tuxedo shirt with a curve-flattering belt for a look that's equal parts formal and flirty. 

Drapey Oversized Boyshirt

SHOP NOW: Madewell,, $72.00

Upgrade your easy weekend uniform with this relaxed borrowed-from-the-boys style. 

Cotton Tuxedo Shirt

SHOP NOW: Polo Ralph Lauren,, $148.00

For a night out look with a daring menswear edge, pair this tuxedo shirt with a sleek skirt and a classic red lip. 

Desmonda Satin Shirt

SHOP NOW: Joie,, $248.00

The soft, pajama-inspired style of this white satin button-down brings instant sultriness to any look. 

Collared Button Down Long Sleeve Shirt

SHOP NOW: Hotouch,, $22.99

For those who really put their button downs to work, this Amazon reviewer favorite offers serious bang for your buck. 

Boyfriend Shirt Cover-Up

SHOP NOW: Tommy Bahama,, $68.00

This long, breezy cotton button-down is just as chic as a cover-up at the beach as it is for an extra boost of unfussy sophistication with tights and boots. 

Landry Button Down

SHOP NOW: Cloth & Stone,, $98.00

Want a button-down that will stand out from the rest of your collection? This version brings all the polish of your favorite Oxford, with a lacy racing stripe down the sleeves to add an extra touch of visual interest. 

Classic-Fit Supima Cotton Oxford Button-Down Shirt

SHOP NOW:, $140.00

Some things are classic for a reason, and Brooks Brothers' white button-downs definitely fit the bill. 

The Hero Tissue Cotton Button-Down

SHOP NOW: Grayson,, $148.00

Whether layered over a tank or under a sweater, this tissue-weight button-down adds a light touch that's ideal for transitional seasons. 

The Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt

SHOP NOW: Everlane,, $98.00

Take your white button-down game to the next level with this elegant (and eco-conscious) silk number. 

Stretch Organic Cotton Shirt

SHOP NOW:, $168.00

Loving a white button-down doesn't mean you have to get stuck in an Oxford rut—just try this blousy, Mandarin-collared version and watch how it gives your wardrobe an instant lift. 

Cosmo Linen Shirt

SHOP NOW: L.F.Markey,, $97.00

A linen shirt offers an effortless glamour that speaks of island vacations and strolling through Italian palazzos, and really, whose wardrobe couldn't use a dose of that? 

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