We’ve all experienced the nothing-to-wear day. You open your closet, and panic immediately ensues. You’re 20 minutes late and somehow physically incapable of getting dressed. The pile of clothes on the bed continues to grow, mirroring your inner state of chaos. You text your friend that you’re on your way (you are not on your way). But at the eleventh hour, there’s a beacon of hope: your white button-down.
Crisp and effortlessly cool, a white button-down is the ultimate blank slate. Dress it up or down. Wear it tucked in or oversized. Go minimal or full-on glam. The options are endless with this wardrobe staple—and we’ve rounded up the top ways to style it. Here’s to never again uttering the words “I have nothing to wear.”
Elevate your athleisure
Leave the gym dripping with style in your favorite high-waisted leggings, crop top, and button-down. The sunglasses, crossbody, and baseball cap make this casual look brunch-worthy.
If there’s such a thing as an understated statement, this outfit is it. Faux leather pants and a white button-down are some of the most versatile pieces you can own. Combine the two and cosplay as an it-girl who has her life together.
Make it monochrome
POV: The sun is shining, the trees are blooming, and you’re about to leave your apartment for an iced latte. To prepare for any potential coffee shop meet-cute, style your white button-down with white shorts for an elegant aesthetic that’s so je ne sais quoi.
Pair it with fun pants
Our spring moodboard is fun, feminine, and flirty, which means this look (starring the WBD) will be worn on repeat. Copy the ‘fit with your own pair of out-of-the-box jeans, loafers, and statement shades.
Layer it over a slip dress
Certain dresses can end up in the back of our closets because they *feel* like they’re meant for a special occasion, not an average walk around the park. But with a white button-down layered on top, that wedding-guest dress is now toned down and breezy.
Or turn it into a dress of its own
If you’re convinced you need another white button-down in your life, size up (or steal your boyfriend’s) and voila: The does-it-all shirt has become a shirt dress. Top it with a sweater vest or wear it alone for an undone, extra-chic vibe.
Our favorite white button-downs
This post contains a sponsored inclusion of Vionic Shoes but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.