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10th Commandment: March 25

04681_WO1385J.Crew boy shirt end-on-end ($78)

The French-blue, button-up shirt is a classic.  It can be worn to work or worn casually.  It can be paired with nearly any color, neutral or bold.

This J.Crew shirt is a great option if you want something with a menswear fit.  If you’re looking for something with a more feminine cut, the classic Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt is a good option.

I’m also a fan of Banana Republic’s shirts.  In my opinion, the quality has stayed fairly consistent over the years.  I own their blue Oxford shirt (on sale for $55, also in petite) and I love it.  If you want something in a more “corporate” fabric, their sateen non-iron shirt (also in petite) is also a good bet.  And if you’re a penny pincher, don’t buy BR at full-price. They have sales every week (usually on Tuesdays) where you can save as much as 40-percent-off.

If you’re looking for something more casual, a chambray shirt is an option in some workplaces just make sure to choose the right fabric.  I like this tailored chambray shirt from Gap and this softened chambray shirt from LOFT (also in petite).  Looking for an inexpensive option?  This Merona shirt from Target looks good, though I might change out the black buttons.

Plus-size?  I like this Jones New York shirt and this Land’s End button-up that comes in a richer shade of blue.



  1. Naomi says:

    I love buttoned shirts but they’re always tight across the chest even when I go up several sizes (I think this is actually because I have broad shoulders, as my chest isn’t that big). Does anyone know brands that fit broad-shouldered women, preferably without the lower half of the shirt looking like a tent?

    March 25, 2014/Reply
    • Val says:

      I have the same problem with broad shoulders and I buy JCrew’s men’s slim fit shirts in XS. They fit perfectly.

      March 25, 2014/Reply
  2. Abbey says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question!! I had wondered about the cage sandal and then here it is in your suggestion! All great choices. Super helpful. Thank you.

    March 25, 2014/Reply
  3. Jennifer says:

    You might also want to try the Shirt by Rochelle Behrens https://the-shirt.com/collections/the-essentials I haven’t bought one of her styles yet but am thinking about it. Her new Essentials line is more affordable than her regular stuff which is almost $200 per shirt.

    March 26, 2014/Reply