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    10 People Styled A Basic White Button Down And Proved Its Versatility As A Wardrobe Staple

    Cutting off the sleeves and tying them around the waist like a belt — genius.

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    Let me start by saying, you need a white button-down. If you don't already own one in your closet you need to get on that stat.


    Listen, we don't make the rules, we just enforce smart fashion choices.

    It's one of the most evergreen, classic, wardrobe staples you could ever own and our friends over at As/Is make this statement a hard fact.

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    Let us start with the button-down, shall we? This classic Oxford shirt is available in numerous colors and patterns to keep it ~spicy~ if you want to try out the button-down look for yourself.


    Promising review: "This shirt is so perfect. Nice and thick material, easy to iron, true to size, long enough in the arms and able to tuck in. It’s hard to find good quality button-ups for my husband especially last minute for family photos. Can’t say enough good things about this product." —Amazon reviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.03+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 32 colors/patterns) or this one for $24.90 (available in sizes XXL–3XL Tall).

    Some chose to layer the shirt under other wardrobe pieces like a dress or vest. I personally am in love with the dress idea, because I honestly would have never thought to do that...iconic.


    Try this black strapless dress from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 16 colors/styles) or this sweater vest from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 24 colors/styles).

    We saw many folks take scissors to the oversized shirt and snip off a good bulk of the bottom.


    And others made some bold choices to alter the button-down that truly paid off.


    Fabiola added some black detailing to her button-down that really gave it a pop-art vibe, while Vivian cut off the sleeves entirely and utilized them as a cinching belt option around the waist (this was incredibly innovative and I'm kinda obsessed with it).

    But at the end of the day, you can never go wrong with just styling it as a typical top with a cool jacket and pants! So chic.


    Try styling a faux leather jacket on top like Cheyenna or even some patterned pants like Shane.

    BRB while I go alter all of my button-downs right now...


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