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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

The Timeless Elegance of a White Button-Up Shirt: Why It’s Time to Get Back to Basics

Get Back to Basics With a White Button-Up Shirt

Get Back to Basics With a White Button-Up Shirt

There is nothing like a perfectly crisp, white button-up shirt. Similar to a great pair of jeans, a classic sneaker, or a basic tee, the humble white shirt is a wardrobe essential every closet should have. The best ones are timeless foundation pieces that see a lot of wear, which makes investing in one you love all the more important. You can sport them during any time of year, and they can bring an effortlessly pulled together feel to any look. And now with spring drops starting to hit stores, it’s the perfect time to start filling those closets with fresh updates for the season ahead.

The Modern Workwear Edit

No longer are white button-ups reserved for just the board room. If the spring/summer 2024 runways taught us anything, the beauty is in their versatility—as is the variety of silhouettes that can be found. Maria Grazia Chiuri filled the Christian Dior ready-to-wear runway with loads of inspiration—from long, oversized button-downs styled over full maxi skirts to relaxed styles tucked into high-waisted skirts or layered underneath jumpsuits and parkas. Dior’s one-shouldered, asymmetric silhouettes are a clever styling tip as well for eveningwear. We also saw the return of the collarless, grand-dad shirt thanks to Altuzarra, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham, who all had variations featured for the upcoming season.

Vogue’s Favorite White Button-Ups

  1. The Essential Button-Up: Theory fitted shirt, $195

  2. The Silk Button-Up: Vince slim silk blouse, $325

  3. The Oversized Shirt: The Frankie Shop Lui organic poplin shirt, $185

  4. The Classic Button-Up: Polo Ralph Lauren classic fit oxford shirt, $128

  5. The Relaxed Fit: Everlane relaxed oxford shirt, $88

  6. The Boxy Cropped: Hommegirls boxy cropped shirt, $195

  7. The Embroidered Blouse: Dôen Elayne blouse, $188

Crisp Classics

  1. The Row Sadie shirt, $1,120

  2. H&M fitted poplin shirt, $18

  3. J.Crew Wren slim shirt, $90

  4. Theory fitted shirt, $195

  5. Banana Republic Riley II tailored shirt, $70

  6. Ralph Lauren classic fit Oxford shirt, $128

Borrowed From the Boys

  1. Cos oversized long-sleeve shirt, $99

  2. The Frankie Shop Lui shirt, $185

  3. Leset Yoko oversized shirt, $188

  4. Everlane relaxed Oxford shirt, $88

  5. & Other Stories relaxed fit shirt, $119

All in the Details

  1. Dôen Elayne pintucked embroidered blouse, $188

  2. Pato grosgrain-trimmed blouse, $540

  3. Ganni ruffled-collar shirt, $124

  4. Saint Laurent ruffled shirt, $1,290

With the Band

  1. Cos gathered grandad-collar blouse, $135

  2. Jil Sander bib-print band-collar shirt, $1,250

  3. Áwet Hewett banded shirt, $150

  4. Zara band-collar shirt, $40

Corporate Tops Go Cropped

  1. Hommegirls boxy cropped shirt, $195

  2. Alo Yoga Take Me Out shirt, $98

  3. Loewe cropped shirt, $990

The Poplin Alternative

  1. Vince slim silk blouse, $325

  2. Loro Piana Cam Kara Micro jacquard shirt, $1,725

  3. Frame the Standard shirt, $398

  4. Mango Fluid shirt, $60

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