Stylish Staples: White Button-Up

Remember that scene from Pulp Fiction? The one with Uma’s character at a diner? Remember what she was wearing? Yup…a white button-up. Back then, I was in love with her red lips, blunt bangs, and her (character’s) style. All because of a white shirt. Fast-forward a few years later to that episode of Sex and the City, in which Carrie goes home in a borrowed (from Big) white button-up worn as a dress. Who can forget that?

Truth is, most of you probably own a button-up or two, but how do you wear it? Working downtown, I see it all the time: white shirt + work pants = sensible and boring. But there’s a reason a white button-up is such a staple…all together now…it goes with (nearly) everything.

Next time you grab the boring grey slacks in the morning, choose something with a little more pop, like Anh’s gorgeous floral skirt – both appropriate for the office, and not at all snooze-worthy. For date nights, pair your white shirt with a punchy maxi skirt, or wear it knotty over a colorful maxi dress. And yes, I do realize that Emily’s shirt isn’t exactly a button-up, but isn’t that a perfect date-night look? Chic, sexy, and elegant, all at the same time. I’ll definitely be “borrowing” this one.

Last, but not least, you can always dress down your button-up. Wear it with cut-off denim shorts or skinny jeans for an easy, all-American look.

How do you wear your white button-up? Is it one of your stylish staples? Share in the comments!

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