The Best White Button-Down Shirts for Your Wardrobe
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: nordstrom.com, $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, amazon.com, $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, nordstrom.com, $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: chicos.com, $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.
SHOP NOW: meme-chose.com, $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, nordstrom.com, $72.00
Upgrade your easy weekend uniform with this relaxed borrowed-from-the-boys style.
Cotton Tuxedo Shirt
SHOP NOW: Polo Ralph Lauren, saksfifthavenue.com, $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, nordstrom.com, $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, amazon.com, $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, nordstrom.com, $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, anthropologie.com, $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: brooksbrothers.com, $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, anthropologie.com, $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, everlane.com, $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: saksfifthavenue.com, $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, net-a-porter.com, $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?
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors