This week, I’ll be featuring work-appropriate shirts and blouses that cost under-$100. We’ll discuss how to wear them and what to wear them with to create different looks.
A classic white button up (a button down is a type of collar, a button up is a shirt) is a wardrobe staple for both casual and professional attire. Personally, I find the look of a button up blouse with a business suit to be a bit too masculine for me, so I don’t wear them that way.
Instead, I like to pair a crisp, fitted white button up with a pencil skirt (neutral or printed) and a wide belt. Or I like to wear it tucked in to a pair of tab front pants with a colorful statement necklace. You can also wear the blouse with trouser jeans and red flats for a casual Friday.
If you’re larger on top, finding a well-fitting white shirt can be tough. Rochelle Behrens has created a shirt that doesn’t gape, thanks to extra buttons built into the placket. But the best option is buy a shirt that is a size or two larger and then have it taken in at the waist. Even I, at a not-well-endowed 32C, sometimes have to size up a shirt just because of where the buttons are placed.
Plus sized? Ralph Lauren and Elie Tahari both make a solid white shirt for under-$100. And if you buy them at Nordstrom, you can have them fitted before you even leave the store for an extra charge. Paying the extra may be inconvenient, but it’s the difference between having an item that fits perfectly, and one that has a shoddy fit.