A good white button down blouse is a core wardrobe staple that keeps on giving, season after season. But you've got to know how to wear it so you don't look like a corporate fuddy-duddy.
I like my white blouses like most everything else in my wardrobe, clean and classic. I’ve been buying the same one for years and years. It’s non-iron (for the most part), and has the prettiest sateen finish, without being shiny. No extra doo-dads. You gotta keep the classics clean. Don’t mess with them. No weird buttons or stitching or anything off-message. (Vault members have been buying my favorite white button down, and you can too by joining the Vault.)
And the secret you need to know that allows anyone, busty or not, to wear a white button down? You must wear a vanilla cami (called “ivory” here) under your white blouse. Why does this little layering piece make wearing a white button down possible for women who never thought they could? Because it causes the placket to lay flat instead of puckering and pulling across the chest.
So here is how to wear that main player in your Core Wardrobe, a White Button Down.
1. Euro Elegance: untucked, with a skinny suede pant
2. All-American Style: under a pull-over, with jeans
3. Working Woman Style: tucked in with dress pants and nice pumps
And I love a white blouse à la Sharon Stone with a full-length satin ball skirt. I have never had the chance to do that, but one day I will. #lifegoal. One thing I do not like a white blouse with? A suit. Way too stiff.
Be sure to keep reading our blog this January for the whole series on my Core Wardrobe Staples every Woman Needs. Vault members have been shopping them and seeing how to wear them (and buying all the other fun pieces new for the season) in January's Vault. You can join here!
We’re also cleaning out closets in January and giving women fab personal style makeovers. Check out our one-on-one wardrobe packages here.
Thanks for reading!
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