Ask Belle: Button-Up Shirt Suggestions
Feb 2, 2015
What are your thoughts on button down shirts? I never see them on Capitol Hill Style. That’s all I wear under my suits. Am I doing something wrong?
Love your blog, Cecilia
I like button-up shirts well-enough, but I don’t think I’ve ever worn one under a suit. The reason is that business suits trend a little masculine for my taste, so when I wear one, I’m always trying to add more femininity. Thus, I prefer silky blouses with sheer fabrics or dramatic necklines.
If you like button-up shirts, remember to buy them to fit the largest part of you. For many women, this means sizing up in the bust and tailoring the waist to fit. This will also help prevent that unsightly, bra-exposing gape. And while tailoring is an added expense, the improvement to the look of your clothes and your self-confidence is worth it.
If you’re looking for a classic button-front shirt for work, you should start at Brooks Brothers. They offer both the fitted non-iron shirt above and a more relaxed, traditional cut. I own their Supima tunic, and it’s one of my favorite pieces. I wear it with skinny jeans and flat boots.
Looking for some less expensive options?
Banana Republic has a wide selection of button-front shirts. I’ve had good luck with the non-iron sateen shirt above. It’s a little shorter than I would like (I may buy the tall length next time.), but for the price, I’m happy with the quality and style.
BR also does a good job of offering different prints and colors. I really like this soft-wash floral printed shirt in a white and navy print. Like dots? BR has a micro-dot print as well as a larger polka-dot print.
Looking for button-front shirts in a silky texture?
I love this silky shirt from Gap. The ‘whisper pink’ color is lovely and soft; the bright yellow is bold and stylish. I think it’s a great looking shirt in a good length.