9 Best White Button Down Shirts for Your Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve been searching endlessly for the ideal white shirt. I quickly learned that not all dress shirts are created equal, and they shouldn’t be. Some are too tight, too coarse, or too transparent. But if you wear it right, a white button-up top can become an MVP in your wardrobe, and you can create it in a variety of ways.

Banana Republic The Perfect Shirt

For almost five years, Banana Republic has been crafting timeless elegance, so it’s no wonder they know how to craft a truly outstanding white button-down shirt. And the name is accurate. The Perfect Shirt is perfect: it has a structured collar, a slightly loose fit, and a soft-touch fabric (made from 100% poplin cotton) that is built to last. In addition, it comes in a variety of sizes (also in small sizes), and if you are in the market for more than just a classic white shirt, it is available in other colors.

Uniqlo Rayon Long-Sleeve Blouse

Imagine the styling possibilities of this silky long-sleeved shirt – it’s the ideal flowy blouse type that you can slip over a mini dress or bikini, but you can also tuck it into for work – for a proper look. That’s because it has a soft drape style and is made from ultra-light rayon, which is also a plus for being inexpensive and machine washable. We’ve owned this shirt for many years and it looks like new. Plus, since it’s wrinkle-resistant, we don’t have to worry about wrinkles after ironing after washing or throughout the working day.

Anine Bing Mika Shirt

If you’re looking for luxurious basics, this understated yet elegant piece from LA-based designer Anine Bing is a modest investment. It’s in a really great shape – bumpy shoulders! The pleats at the back add dimension! – And it’s topped with an exaggerated shirt hem for the perfect oversized look. From delicate wrist buttons to structured cotton-poplin, this shirt proves it’s all about the details.

Modern Citizen Oversized Split-Back Shirt

Modern Citizen proves that white button-up shirts can be modernized with this oversized shirt (pun intended). Thanks to the split back hem, you can easily tuck it into any bottom. Imagine it’s tucked into a denim midi skirt that falls elegantly loose on one side to shape it, or unbuttoned, semi-closed, or fastened with a belt. Thanks to its cool vibe, this easy-to-put on shirt can be styled in a variety of shapes, with a little asymmetry every time.

AYR The Deep End Shirt

Sometimes, you don’t need to refresh something that has already been done correctly. This AYR (year-round) long button-up top proves that. “If you’re looking for a classic, structured button-up shirt that doesn’t fit into your everyday wardrobe or workwear, I highly recommend the AYR Deep End button-down shirt. It is versatile, yet timeless. The oversized front pocket adds just the right amount of asymmetry to this cotton fabric.

Quince Silk Notch Collar Blouse

For those looking to add texture to their collection of button-down collars, this off-basics shirt from Quince has a luxurious, silky look. We love details like thin plackets, high cuffs, shiny fabrics, etc. Made from spandex and amino acid-filled silk, this shirt moves with you, feels great to the touch, and helps regulate body temperature. The best part is that it’s machine washable and available in plus size.

Everlane The Linen Relaxed Shirt

When the temperature gets hotter, cool off with this equally cool summer staple. Everlane’s iteration has everything you’ll love about a classic button-up top, but in a lighter linen fabric that’s perfect for your next coastal outing. Here’s what fashion content creator Rachel Spencer recommends for pairing it with a small white tank top, square sunglasses, and matching linen pants for the ultimate peak season uniform.

Universal Thread Women’s Oversized Long Sleeve Collared Button-Down Shirt

I think everyone really needs a white button-down shirt in their wardrobe. This oversized, hip-length version is from Target’s Universal Standard range. It’s made from 100% cotton poplin, which is of good quality and affordable, making it perfect for underlaying. Plus, we like that it’s available in a variety of other colors and sizes (up to 4X).

LOFT Petite Oversized Everyday Shirt

If you’re petite, chances are you’re having trouble designing oversized clothing. But it’s the Loft everyday shirt that has given hope to life – and from the ground up, it’s shown us that petite can fully own that style. This is because the shirt has a drape feel but does not feel heavy. It’s also clean and clean, adding a tailored shape to the shoulders and a loose and spacious fit to the entire corset. But who is surprised by this? For over 25 years, the brand has been crafting incredibly small pieces, so you can expect a “serious” quality from any of their outfits.

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