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When building a classic wardrobe one piece at a time, buying a white button down shirt seems like a logical place to start. The shirt can be worn with a pair of jeans or dress slacks. It can also be worn equally well with a denim skirt or a suit, the options are endless!
Although the versatility of a white button down shirt is often understood, what defines a good white button down may not be so readily known. Quality is the first requirement of any purchase for a classic wardrobe. Pieces are purchased with the intent of lasting several years, not several weeks or a season or two like so many garments of sub-pare quality. A white button down shirt in 100% cotton or with a bit of Lycra spandex (which will help it fit better and repel wrinkles) is an excellent starting point. Before even trying on the shirt, examine the construction. Make sure the seams are sewn straight, the buttons are secure, and that the hem is even. Remember, when ordering online, know the return policy of the store just in case you are not happy with your selection.
When trying on the shirt, look in the mirror and check for shoulder seams that lie across the middle of the shoulder, sleeves that fall about an inch below the wrist, and ample room for easy movement.
WHITE BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS
“Fitted silhouette, slightly tailored for a slimmer appearance. Woven in cotton specially treated to remain virtually wrinkle free, with a touch of XLA for stretch. Forward point collar and French cuffs. Traditional placket and pucker-free seams. Front and back darts”. Brooks Brothers
“A classic white shirt is an essential in every capsule wardrobe, and Boy. by Band of Outsiders’ pocketed cotton design is a versatile choice. Whether you wear it to the office with a pencil skirt or with leather pants at the weekend, it’s sure to become an indispensable addition to your look.” Net-A-Porter
“The chic, ultra-feminine “Aaron” shirt by Ralph Lauren is smartly tailored in crisp, wrinkle-free white cotton poplin for easy wear.” Dillards
(other posts in the series “Building A Classic Wardrobe One Piece at a Time — The Dress Slacks, A Cashmere Twinset, The Black Skirt , The Black Tweed Blazer, The Sleeveless Black Dress, The Nude Pump and The Nude Purse)