Hair and makeup, Jukka/Davines/Make Up For Ever/Plutino Group Image by: Genevieve Caron
While a white button-down may seem like a boring basic, it’s not—it’s smart, simple and versatile. With help from the right extras, our #WeTheCurvy columnist, Meredith Shaw, shows us how to make this classic work around the clock.
Here’s the truth about style: It has no age or size and everybody deserves some. Finally, we curvy women are being included in the fashion conversation, and brands are expanding their size offerings. Now that we have more options than ever, it doesn’t mean bingeing on trends and forgetting the classics, like a white button-down. Whether for work, for weekend or to wow, this year-round staple for all sizes is your closet’s MVP.
Jean jacket, $124, bananarepublic.ca. Michel Studio button-down shirt, $68, additionelle.com. Skirt, $112, eloquii.com. Matt & Nat x Indigo clutch, indigo.ca. Bracelets and ring, linksoflondon.com. Shoes, aldoshoes.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
Headed to brunch? Add some playfulness to your crisp white shirt with a distressed denim jacket that says effortless style. Complement the fab fresh combo with a mustard ruffled skirt while grounding the look with sexy sandals. All that’s missing is some girlfriends and a round of mimosas!
Blazer, $40, bag and shoes, winners.ca. Michel Studio button-down shirt, $68, additionelle.com. Pants, $134, bananarepublic.ca. earrings, thebay.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
The natural habitat of the white button-down is the workplace. Pair the shirt with a cropped blazer, patterned trousers and statement earrings—now you’re serving traditional with a twist. Add sophistication with a sleek structured bag and tweed pumps.
Dress, $39, joefresh.com. Michel Studio button-down shirt, $68, additionelle.com. Earrings, linksoflondon.com. Ring, thomassabo.com. Image by: Genevieve Caron
For an evening out, choose a button-down. It’s the perfect layering piece, especially under heavy fabrics like velvet. It adds an unexpected masculine edge that takes you from feminine to fierce.
Here are a few updated styles tailor-made for fall and available in extended sizes.
Silhouette-enhancing shirt with side stripes (sizes 10 to 28), $98, universalstandard.net. Collared V-neck shirt (sizes 14 to 26),
$30, hm.com/ca. Collarless shirt with black trim (sizes 2 to 20), $165, josephribkoff.com.