White Button Down for the Win

White Button-Down Tops for Every Occassion

There’s something quintessentially beautiful about a woman in a white button-down. It evokes images of forward-thinking and powerful female archetypes, doesn’t it? Annie Hall to Holly Golightly. A stylish bridge toward the masculinity of a suit and tie with the capacity to explore feminine texture and shapes. It’s the best of both worlds, really.

Whether you’re at work, out on the beach, around town during the day, or even on a night out, every woman, no matter their shape or size, can benefit from the stark and classic glamor of a white button-down. There are thousands of options when it comes to these stunners, and we’ve got some of the best of the best here for every occasion.


The image of a loose-fitting white button-down over a bathing suit is an iconic look for the beach. Remember that this version of the white collared shirt requires a less structured fabric. It’s meant to be your down time after all, so you don’t need the starch and structure of what you’d wear to work.

Vineyard Vines has got a lightweight, spread collar Solid Lined Lucaya Cover-Up with a breezy, billowy cut. The best part about this shirt is it comes with a removable lining to make it easy to go from beach to bar. Adorable, right? Foxcroft’s got a sleeveless alternative for beachwear (or the pool, if that’s your preference) with their “London” Maxi Tunic in Leno Stripe. A flowy and subtly striped number that cuts all the way above the knee, it simply begs to be paired with a great straw hat and some glamorous shades.

Vineyard Vines Solid Lined Lucaya Cover-Up, $128


A white buttoned-down top is also perfect for daytime. Celebrate the sunshine with some bright cotton. Cuff  up your sleeves, pop your collar, and slip into a great pair of jeans or a super fun skirt and then dash off for a coffee date or meet some friends for brunch. A casual option (and easy on the wallet) that’s excellent for a daytime look, Gap’s Boyfriend Shirt is just about perfect. A low-maintenance top, the fitted shape is flattering without pulling too tight.

A summertime jaunt around town can be elevated with a Bowline Oxford Shirt from Vineyard Vines. Slim fitting and featuring a sailing stitch under the collar and cu facings, this gorgeous top also has nifty pink zig-zag stitching at the side seams, under the collar, hem and topstitch at the cuffs. & Other Stories also has a supremely posh version with their Oversized Shirt, which has in it all the standard glory of a white button-down.

Gap Boyfriend Shirt, $49.95


When heading to the office, a white button-down is a stellar means of bridging your assertive energy with your own elegance. Whether you’re pairing it with a skirt or some sophisticated tailored slacks, this chic silhouette will have you leaning in without compromising your sense of style. Banana Republic has a more adventurous alternative to the standard look of a button-down this season. The Riley- Fit White Pleated Bell-Sleeve Shirt is a fitted piece with a slight bit of stretch that does wonders for contouring your waist. Tucked in or not, you’ll dazzle your co-workers with the drama of the pleated bell sleeves.

Banana Republic Riley-Fit White Pleated Bell-Sleeve Shirt, $78

Ann Taylor’s got corporate polish in abundance with their Tipped Perfect Shirt, which has some dark contrast piping along the edge of the collar, as well as around the cuffs and down along the sides of the buttons in front. Wear it tucked in with a great blazer, slip into some kick-ass slacks, and you’ll be a goddess of the board room.



And then of course, there’s nighttime. Paint the town red with some bright white. You can try out more adventurous fabrics or daring cuts. Foxcroft’s “Tyra” Stretch Cold Shoulder Blouse is just such a top, with twin cutouts at the shoulders, allowing you to show off a tiny hint of skin. With a pointed collar and sleeves that cut at the elbow, it’s a flirty alternative to the standard look of a button-down. Calvin Klein’s very versatile semi- sheer Ruffle V-Neck top has all of the structure of a button-down with provocative short sleeves that’ll turn heads over cocktails.