The 11 Best Button-Down Shirts
The button-down is the linchpin of any uniform and it’s no great mystery why: They work from day-to-night, for any occasion, and make weekend dressing in particular, simple. From crisp white cotton, to raw-edge chiffon, to sturdy wool flannel, there’s an option here to see you through any and all occasions. For your convenience, all of our favorites are stocked in the goop shop, too.
MAUD HELINE ARON SLEEVELESS TOP goop, $295
There’s something decidedly modern about the way this crisp, sleeveless button down keeps its A-line shape. The dainty lattice trim across the back is a welcome feminine touch. We’re pairing ours with statement shorts and strappy shoes.
NILI LOTAN SHORT SLEEVE
NORMANDY BLOUSE goop, $198
This high-necked, cap-sleeved blouse has become a classic shape for Nili Lotan, which is why we’re thrilled to offer it in a crisp white cotton fabrication—pretty perfect on its own or as a star layering piece.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM CAP SLEEVE
COLLARED SHIRT goop, $295
We like this dropped cap-sleeve button-down tucked into high-waisted pants for a polished, slightly tomboy look. It works equally well with skirts, too.
FRAME LE CLASSIC POPLIN SHIRT goop, $170
This is Frame’s low-key take on the white button down: Covered buttons, pleat details at the sleeves, and a cool seam down the back.
BY TIMO BOYFRIEND SHIRT goop, $150
It’s pretty awesome that By TiMo, a line that’s all about feminine dresses, came up with a great menswear-inspired striped shirt just for us. it’s meant to be worn rumpled—untucked with the sleeves pushed up.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM CLASSIC SILK SHIRT goop, $395
A classic button down, but with a few key upgrades: It’s constructed from feather-weight silk and finished with a slick asymmetrical hem and delicate frill detail at the neck.
MIH OVERSIZE SHIRT goop, $185
This is the kind of cotton button down you’ll wear all summer with cut-offs then transition straight into fall as a layering piece with chunky knits. The fit is roomy and the hem is slightly longer in the back.
NILI LOTAN RUCHED BLOUSE IN BLUE goop, $225
Here, the relaxed fit and whisper-thin fabric make this shirt-and-tunic hybrid the ideal warm-weather piece. Layer under chunky knits when things cool down.
NILI LOTAN TUX SHIRT goop, $245
A casual, layer-friendly button-down that borrows liberally from the classic tuxedo shirt (see: pleated bib front and exaggerated cuffs).
MOTHER OF PEARL TEMPLE BLOUSE goop, $495
While it’s absolutely stunning under a fitted jacket, the moody floral print is so pretty it deserves the spotlight all to itself. The wrists and neck are loosely gathered and the hem looks equally awesome tucked in as it does loose.
ALEX MILL INDIGO HORIZONTAL SHIRT goop, $175
Think of this tonal striped button-down as an upgrade to your trusty chambray shirt.