How to style a white button down shirt without looking too stuck up

A staple piece in any wardrobe, the white button down shirt is a style must-have. Classic and elegant, cotton or silk, this timeless garment comes free of fashion expiration date too!

But styling it is vital, as the white shirt can sometimes be seen as too prim or overly formal. That’s the last thing you want when spending a summer day outdoors! Luckily for all, it’s totally possible to work the staple into your style in a fashionable way, no matter what the occasion is.

Clothing stores have made the possibility even easier thanks to an assortment of shapes and fabrics. Read on to discover which cut will flatter your body type the most, along with my top 3 timeless button down looks.

The weekday/office look

Who said wearing a plain white shirt to work had to be boring or uncomfortable!? Ideal for the office, this button down from Rails is fluid and thin, to ensure you breeze through your working day! An oversized style is also perfect for those looking to conceal their stomachs, as it sits loosely over your body. If you’re quite busty, opt for a V-neck with a button at the chest, as this prevents your shirt from gaping. Pair this look with a smart trench coat and skinny jeans or pants to balance out proportions – you don’t want to swamp yourself in material!

The Sporty Look

Pairing a bomber jacket from Generation Love, ripped jeans and tennis shoes with a white shirt is a killer off-duty look. If you have a smaller bust, why not choose a button down with added detail at the front – such as pockets, ruffles or pleats. This not only makes your outfit more unique, but it also gives the impression of a fuller chest.

The Summer Look

For those looking to experiment with their style and aren’t afraid to try something different, this button down shirt from Nicole Miller with holes is a gorgeous addition to your summer wardrobe. This fabric and cut-out sections ensure you don’t get too hot either! Pair this shirt with neutral tones such as beige shorts and summer sandals for a classic, relaxed and elegant vibe.

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