Button Up or Down: 30 Shirts to Add to Your Wardrobe Now

Lauren Spencer
Button Up or Down: 30 Shirts to Add to Your Wardrobe Now
31 Start slideshow

Since the trend of power dressing has taken hold, the button-up (or down, whichever way you prefer) has turned into a wardrobe staple for many a city dweller. From Rachel Zoe to the Olsens, we haven’t seen a starlet, stylist or blogger without one lately. The style has certainly evolved over the years, from simple white to ruffles and even bold patterns.

Whether you find yourself on the beach or in the boardroom, a button-down is now an essential (and a universally flattering one at that!). We love that there are options for wherever your day takes you, and the various styles can be worn in a magnitude of ways. Whether you’re buttoning up or buttoning down, tucking it in or tying it up, anyone get incorporate this staple into her everyday get-up.

Here, we’ve rounded up a variety of picks — from casual to über-dressy to psychedelic.

0 Thoughts?
1 of 31

Button-downs continue to be a major must-have no matter what your personal style may be. Click through our suggestions of notable options and how to wear them.

Mint being the color of the season, pair this sheer number with a bandeau and tuck it into a pleated maxi to look right on trend this summer.

Float On Blouse, $68, Nasty Gal

Keep this button-down a tad wrinkled and put it with your tightest pair of denim leggings for a relaxed Saturday look.

Petite Ink-Dip Pop Over, $72, J. Crew

The patterned cuffs on this top would be adorable off-set with patterned shorts.

Netted Meridian Top, $88, Anthropologie

The ultimate work blouse! Make the CEO jealous by putting this on with a sleek black pencil skirt to look all business.

What a Doll Ivory Button Up, $41, Lulu's

Shades of blue and a lightweight fabric update the classic style. We think wearing this top with white shorts keep the color palette cool yet stylishly simple.

Boyfriend Button Down, $98, Bloomingdale's

Pair this amazing acid wash top with denim shorts for some major jean on jean action.

byCorpus Acid Wash Button-Down, $59, Urban Outfitters

Bell sleeves put you on instant trend watch. Add an oversized pendant and slim shorts to look slightly retro and completely cute.

Amber Top, $39, Brandy Melville

Psychadelic! Round shades and ripped jeans would make this blouse extra funky.

Isaph Printed Blouse, $375, Net-A-Porter

The periwinkle color of this top makes it perfect under a black blazer and nude peeptoes.

Splendid Collar Shirt, $88, Saks Fifth Avenue

Neon checkerboard? Yes, please. Put this with a pair of bright purple skinnies to channel the bright trend this season.

Diane von Furstenburg Print Silk Top, $298, Nordstrom

Worn with a wide-leg pair of trousers make this the perfect business casual blouse.

Tommy Hilfiger Printed Button-Down, $79.50, Macy's.

Skull button accents and a bright red hue make this button down pop.

Shirt With Skull Buttons, $59.90, Zara

Channel your inner cowgirl with this plaid print option.

Colorful Plaid Pocket Shirt, $29.99, Gap

Bright color woes, no more! Put this top with a bright pair of cutoffs or jeans to spruce up summer style.

Floral Button-Down Shirt, $54, Piperlime

Day to night? No problem! Take off the blazer, add a pair of earrings and a sleek pair of khaki slacks to dress up this blouse for evening.

Ruffle Button Down Short Sleeve, $68, Ann Taylor

Rawr! Pair this top with leather short shorts and ankle booties for a fierce night on the town.

Equipment Walnut Signature Button-Down, $109, Madison Los Angeles

The ultimate indie style finally comes together with this chambray blouse, a headband and brown ankle boots.

Bandana Inset Buttondown, $88, Free People

This silk crepe shirt is divine when worn with a pleated mini.

Creole Crepe Shirt, $138, French Connection

Army green and perfect craftmanship make this shirt a match for dark denim.

Westway Workshirt, $88, ShopBop

It doesn't get crisper or cleaner than this: the classic white button-up.

Original Fit Essential Stretch Shirt, $49.90, Express

Take this blouse from work to dinner with a pair of white trousers and a nude heel.

Juicy Couture Oversized Blouse, $158, Zappos

We love the pastel wash and comfort of this shirt. Pair it with leggings and boots for a lazy (but cool) day look.

Soft-wash Oxford Shirt, $59.50, Banana Republic

Channel your inner surfer and button this halfway over a bikini top. Add a shell necklace for dramatic effect.

Free Heights Shirt, $39.50, Roxy

Tuck this in half way, bright skinnies and a brown leather belt. Over-sized chic!

Theory Button-Down, $172, Bergdorf Goodman

Black is far from basic with a studded collar and shoulders. Leather shorts or leggings would bring this the ultimate tough girl polish.

Unif The Caution Shirt, $124, Karma Loop

Fluorescent and dip-dyed? The perfect match.

Laser Cut Floral Top, $19.80, Forever 21

Go retro with white skinnies, polka dots and a red lip.

Button Down Polka Dot, $88, Couture Candy

Wowza! Studded collar with cap sleeves to boot? Boots are the only pairing possible.

Studded Collar Military Shirt, $80, TopShop

Neon is the ultimate trend this season, so you can pair it with almost anything and get away as stylish.

Chiffon Oversized Blouse, $58, American Apparel

Nothin' quite like some checks! A bright pair of cut-offs and boots brings you back down on the farm.

RAILS Kendra Button-Down, $107, Revolve Clothing

Next slideshow starts in 10s

News From Abroad: Tennis, Tom Ford, and More

News From Abroad: Tennis, Tom
Ford, and More